SAN FRANCISCO -- One of the two witnesses who testified in favor of California's same-sex marriage ban during a landmark trial on the measure's constitutionality has come out in favor of gay and lesbian unions.
In an opinion piece published Friday in The New York Times, Institute for American Values President David Blankenhorn says it's time "to accept gay marriage and emphasize the good that it can do."
Blankenhorn wrote that he still believes children have a moral right to know both biological parents, but he thinks it is just as important for same-sex couples to be treated equally under the law.
His reversal is unlikely to have a legal effect on California's ban, known as Proposition 8. A federal judge who presided over the 2010 trial ended up disqualifying Blankenhorn as an expert witness.