Judge Vaughn Walker's plan to tape the proceedings of the Perry vs. Schwarzenegger lawsuit for posting on YouTube was killed by the US Supreme court at the request of the pro-H8 side last week. Without the video, we've relied on the efforts of dedicated live bloggers to get the latest information out of the courtroom. Now, thanks to the efforts of journalist and film maker John Ireland, we'll be able to watch a recreation of the trial on YouTube.
Ireland told On Top Magazine in an interview posted Sunday, “People want to see this drama unfold and there is a tremendous narrative that was propelled by that first day of testimony,” Ireland told On Top Magazine on Sunday. “This is the first time that gay and lesbian people have talked about their lives in federal court. It's historic from that point of view.”
Ireland's production is much like what went on during the Micheal Jackson child molestation trial, where cameras were also banned from the courtroom. Casting and filming began over the weekend. Dialog is based on the text of live bloggers who have been working non-stop to bring us the day-to-day details. Ireland says, “I don't think you have to be gay or lesbian to see that there is a tremendous human story being told but so few people are actually hearing it."
Filming is complete of last Monday's opening session and Ireland plans to post the video on YouTube Tuesday. I'll post the video, or a link here as soon as it is available.
Ireland and his partner are one of the 18,000 California couples that were legally married in 2008 during the window of opportunity between the California Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage and the passing of Prop 8, which relegated the state's lesbians and gays to second class citizenship.
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