Monday, January 11, 2010

Supreme Court Asked to Block Video of Prop 8 Trial

The legal challenge to California's Proposition 8, which made same-sex marriage illegal in the Golden State last year, is scheduled to begin today in the Federal Courthouse in San Francisco. The judge in the case, Vaughn Walker, ruled last week to allow video cameras to record the precedings for later posting to YouTube.

Lawyers defending Prop H8 filed a motion in the federal circuit court to ban the cameras, citing the potential for witness intimidation. They believe that if the identities of witnesses are made public, those witnesses may not be as forthcoming in their testimony. Late on Friday, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled to uphold Walker's decision.

On Saturday the H8'ers appealed the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court, where the case will be heard by Justice Kennedy. It is hoped that Kennedy will rule in the case today.

The YouTube channel set up for the video has been taken down pending a final ruling.
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