Any last doubts I may have had about the federal case have gone out the window today. First there's the stupid delay on being able to broadcast the trial, because gay people might pressure the anti-gay witnesses into changing their testimony -- bullshit. Fucking bullshit. Homophobes, you're the majority, with the power to define the debate and strip away our rights -- you're not fucking oppressed. The Gay Mafia will not terrorize your family for your bold stand, because there is no Gay Mafia. Christ. Yes, people will be angry with you, but you don't have a right to avoid that, not if you're going to do things that make people angry.

*clears throat* I got a little carried away there. Anyway, on top of that now, we have the judge:
Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker asked attorney Theodore Olson, who represents two same-sex couples suing to overturn Proposition 8, how the ban could be called discriminatory, since California already allows domestic partnerships.
Wow. Just -- wow.

"How is it discrimination to ban you from entering into a contract that is understood and recognized by many jurisdictions and the general population, when you've got one that has a different definition in every jurisdiction that might recognize it, is poorly understood by the general population and thus not granted the same respect?"

"Gee, I don't know! Sorry to have wasted your time, Mr. Judge!"

I thought I was done being depressed for a while, but apparently not.

EDIT: Should've looked for more complete coverage -- here's a liveblog showing more of the questions, and in context it's not so bad. Still an uphill fight, but not so hopeless.