Prop. 8 Trial: Stanford Professor Says Obama 'Not a Reliable Ally'
President Barack Obama took a hit at the Proposition 8 trial in San Francisco on Wednesday, when Stanford University professor Gary Segura said Obama is "not a reliable ally" of the gay community.
|Then presidential candidate Barack Obama with Prop. 8 supporter Rich Warren|
The criticism of the president was a key legal point made by the Prop. 8 plaintiffs' lawyers, who want to overturn California's gay marriage ban, to show that gays and lesbians are not politically powerful and need legal protections from the courts.
San Jose Mercury News reporter Howard Mintz writes that "Segura had some pointed criticism for Obama, observing that while he's spoken out strongly in favor of gay rights, he has not taken any real steps to back same-sex marriage or change the military's policy."
"This is not a reliable ally," Segura said in court. "We have to look at the disconnect between rhetoric and action."
Prop. 8 lawyer David Thompson also asked Segura if Obama was more of a political ally to the gay community than his predecessor, George W. Bush. Segura, according to Mintz, "didn't budge" and made a somewhat astounding statement.
"I think the degree of difference is far smaller than most progressives (expected)," Segura said in court.
Segura will return to the stand on Thursday, and Prop. 8 plaintiffs' lawyers say they have only two more witnesses waiting to testify.
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