Prop 8 defense humorless questioning draws laughs
Friday morning’s testimony in the ongoing federal trial to overturn Proposition 8 focused on a psychologist who used to work with the National Institutes of Health.
Developmental psychologist Doctor Michael Lamb testified about the important roles parents play in the lives of their children.
Dr. Lamb told the court about more than a hundred psychological studies focusing on the effectiveness of gay and lesbian parents.
In his conclusion, Dr. Lamb said their children are just as likely to be as well adjusted as children of heterosexual parents.
Prop 8 defense attorney David Thompson presented an often theatrical cross examination that sometimes veered into hilarity.
Thompson’s first line of questioning set the tone.
In his words, “You’ve been a member of the ACLU, correct? The National Organization Of Women, correct? The NAACP, correct? Amnesty International, correct?… You’ve even donated to PBS, correct?”
The witness and the courtroom erupted in laughter.
Thompson continued his cross, quoting studies and papers published in the 1970’s and earlier concluding that children are best raised by a traditional family.
Doctor Lamb replied saying the understanding of child development has evolved since the 70’s.
At a couple points Thompson interjected, “So science was wrong, correct?” — which was again met with some laughter.
–Sergio Quintana, San Francisco.