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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Prop 8 overturn trial will not be televised (or YouTubed); use Courage Campaign's TrialTracker to follow case

The final ruling, to see if the Supreme Court would re-allow the video recording (and broadcast) of the Proposition 8 overturn trial, has come in and the United States Supreme Court has decided to not allow broadcasting or video recording of the proceedings, and thus would not force Prop 8 supporters to visibly explain their bigotry:
The high court's five conservatives formed the majority. They said federal judge Vaughan Walker didn't follow court rules when he ordered proceedings broadcast by closed circuit to federal courthouses in several cities. The Supreme Court's four liberals joined a dissent written by Justice Stephen Breyer. The main issue in the case is whether a 2008 voter initiative called Proposition 8 violates the U.S. Constitution by creating a law that discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation. Defenders of Proposition 8 say it validly defined marriage in traditional terms by restricting marriage to people who could have children naturally. The proposition's defenders said broadcasting the proceedings could expose witnesses favoring the gay-marriage ban to harassment and ridicule. The Supreme Court majority backed that view, saying Proposition 8 supporters would likely suffer "irreparable harm" if the proceedings were shown through the closed-circuit feed. [WSJ via Joe.My.God]
The CourageCampaign has been following the trial daily, including live blogging witnesses, testimony and other proceedings.

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