Sept. 16, 2011
On Monday, September 19, Broadway will be the scene of a star-studded staged reading of a new playone based on the transcript of the trial in the case of Perry v. Schwarzenegger (now known as Perry v. Brown).
The Perry case is the federal constitutional challenge to Proposition 8, the state constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman which was adopted by California voters in 2008. The unprecedented trial, presided over by the (then closeted, now out) homosexual judge Vaughn Walker, resulted in Walkers stunningly biased opinion in August 2010 declaring that the male-female definition of marriage violates the U. S. Constitution. The ruling is currently on appeal in the Ninth Circuitbut if upheld by the U. S. Supreme Court, it would force the legalization of same-sex marriage on all fifty states (overturning the constitutions of thirty).
The play, titled simply 8, was written by homosexual writer Dustin Lance Black, who won an Oscar for his screenplay for the biopic Milk, about the murdered homosexual San Francisco politician Harvey Milk. Actors Morgan Freeman and John Lithgow will portray attorneys David Boies and Ted Olson, the prominent Democratic and Republican attorneys (respectively) who teamed up to argue the case against Proposition 8. The one-night reading is a fundraiser for the American Foundation for Equal Rights, the organization formed to finance the lawsuit.
Homosexual activists seem convinced that publicizing the transcript of the trial will help persuade the public that Walkers ruling was correct. Yet in truth, there is much in the transcript that directly contradicts Judge Walkers opinion and his spurious findings of fact.
In particular, the testimony of one of the actual plaintiffs in the case, Sandra Stier, undermines the argument by same-sex marriage advocates that gay people are denied the fundamental right to marry just because of who they are. It also directly contradicts Judge Walkers finding of fact number 51: Marrying a person of the opposite sex is an unrealistic option for gay and lesbian individuals. In fact, Stiers testimony undermines two of the most fundamental premises of the entire homosexual movementthe claims that people are born gay, and that a persons sexual orientation can never change.
As Stier made clear in answering Olsons questioning, she was marriedto a manfor twelve years, and had two biological children with him. Even more startling is her admission that she did not learn that she was a lesbian until she was in her mid-thirties.
Below is the transcript of the beginning of Olsons direct examination of Stier, dealing with her marriage to her husband. Part 2 of this post will go over Stiers testimony about her relationship with her current lesbian partner, Kristin Perry.
Stiers testimony appears in bold; [my editorial comments are in bracket and italics].
Perry v. Schwarzenegger
1/11/2010 9:00:00 AM
Transcript pp. 160-163
PERRY - DIRECT EXAMINATION / OLSON 160
THE COURT: Mr. Olson, your next witness.
MR. OLSON: Thank you. The plaintiffs would like to call plaintiff Sandra Stier.
SANDRA STIER, called as a witness for the Plaintiffs herein, having been first duly sworn, was examined and testified as follows:
THE WITNESS: Yes.
THE CLERK: Thank you. State your name, please?
THE WITNESS: Sandra Belzer Stier.
THE CLERK: Spell your last name?
THE WITNESS: S-t-i-e-r.
THE CLERK: And your first name?
THE WITNESS: S-a-n-d-r-a.
THE CLERK: Thank you.
DIRECT EXAMINATION BY MR. OLSON:
Q. Ms. Stier, are you one of the plaintiffs in this lawsuit?
A. Yes, I am.
Q. Would you describe for us and for the Court your background; where you are from, your age, what you do professionally and your family?
A. Well, I -- I grew up in the midwest. I grew up on a farm in southern Iowa. I'm 47 years old. My background is, really, I lived in Iowa for my youth. I grew up going to public schools, attended college in Iowa, moved to California right after college, and I now work for Alameda County -- or for a county government as an information system director in healthcare systems.
Q. And do you -- you live with Ms. Perry?
A. I do.
Q. And tell us about your family?
A. Well, our family is a blended family with our four boys. We each bring two biological children to our family and each other.
[Here is the first hint that the plaintiffsboth Kristin Perry and Sandra Stiermay not have always been lesbians. Both brought to their relationship biological children. Unless they were conceived by a sperm donor through artificial insemination, this would suggest that both had been in sexual relationships with men at one time.]
Q. And just their general ages?
A. Well, our two younger sons are in high school. They are teen-agers. And our two older sons are out of high school, young adults.
Q. How would you describe your sexual orientation?
A. I'm gay.
Q. When did you learn that about yourself?
A. I really learned it about myself fairly late in life, in my mid-thirties.
[Usually, when homosexual activists are promoting the born gay, cant change myth, they trot out people who say, Ive known I was gay all my life. Yet their plaintiff in this landmark court case admits that she did not learn that she was gay until her mid-thirties. This is an astonishing admission.]
Q. Had you been married before at that time?
A. Yes, I was married before.
Q. You were married to a man?
A. Yes, I was.
[Here is an important point. Advocates of same-sex marriage say things like, Gay people arent allowed to marry, or, Why should someone be denied the right to marry because of who they are? Not only is Sandra Stier not being denied the right to marryshe has actually been married in the past. Homosexuals, as individuals, already have exactly the same right to marry as any other individualand subject to the same restrictions (no one may marry a child, a close blood relative, a person who is already married, orin California and 43 other statesa person of the same sex). The law treats same-sex couples differently from opposite-sex couples, because a same-sex relationship is not a marriage but all individuals are treated the same in terms of the fundamental right to marry.]
Q. When did you get married and where did you live?
A. I got married in 1987, and we lived most of the -- most of that marriage in Alameda, California.
Q. And you had no feeling at that point in time married to a man that you were a lesbian?
A. At that time I did not.
[Another important point. When the subject is raised of people who may experience same-sex attractions choosing to marry someone of the opposite sex, such unions are denounced by homosexual activists as repressing who they really are or living a lie. Judge Walker supported Finding 51 by claiming that for gay men and lesbians, opposite-sex marriage . . . would compel them to negate their sexual orientation and identity. Stier makes it quite clear that was not the case with hershe had no feeling that she was a lesbian, so her marriage to a man did not negate her sexual orientation and identity.]
Q. And did you have a warm, loving relationship with that individual?
A. Umm, I had, unfortunately, a difficult relationship for most of our marriage, but it did start out with the best intentions.
Q. Well, did you encounter gay people growing up in Iowa? I'm wondering how this evolved, this -- your realization of how you characterize yourself these days. Tell us how that evolved from your youth in Iowa?
A. Growing up in Iowa on a farm in the country where the -- you know, the small town that I went to high school in had 1500 people and the towns around us were fairly similar. I really had a fairly sheltered upbringing; a good upbringing, but sheltered. We spent most of our time in our home, you know, working with my parents. We didn't really travel and go to any place that was very different from where I grew up. And I did not know of any gay people. I didn't even know of gay people or, really, even the concept of a gay lifestyle or sexuality until I was like a teenager.
Q. Tell us when you moved to California?
A. I moved to California in 1985 when I graduated.
THE COURT: Were you married in Iowa before you came to California or were you married after you came to California?
THE WITNESS: I moved here in 1985 and got married in 1987. So that was in California.
THE COURT: And did you meet your husband in California?
THE WITNESS: Yes, I did.
BY MR. OLSON:
Q. Tell us about that. Did you have a relationship with him for a certain period of time before you got married?
A. Yes, I did. We dated for about a year before we got married.
[Again, her relationship with her husband developed in a way entirely typical of heterosexual relationships and marriages.]
Q. And give us the date, again, of the marriage?
A. November 14th, 1987.
Q. '87. And when did the marriage come to an end?
A. The marriage came to an end in 1999.
[Note that the marriage lasted for twelve years. This was not a short, doomed from the start type relationshipit even lasted well past the classic seven-year itch.
Part 2 of this post will go over Stiers testimony about her relationship with her current lesbian partner, Kristin Perry.]