Prop 8 challenge to be videotaped

January 7, 2010

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that next week’s trial in San Francisco of a lawsuit challenging Proposition 8 can be videotaped for delayed Internet release on YouTube. [San Francisco Chronicle]

Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker ordered the coverage.

Proposition 8 is the recently-passed initiative that banned same-sex marriage in California. Sponsors of the original proposition have been trying to block the videotaping, fearing witness intimidation might preclude a fair trial.

Walker rejected those concerns, though he did leave open the option of blocking certain faces, or muting voices on the YouTube coverage. The nonjury trial is scheduled to begin on Monday.

The coverage will be the first for a federal trial in California.

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The videotape is more an opportunity for pageantry.

Any demonstrator worth his salt knows that demonstrations don’t mean nothin’ if the cameras aren’t there.

Nothing more then special rights for a minority group that attempts to force society into accepting their deviant choice of lifestyle.

I don’t believe it would be possible to write a more illogical assessment of the situation.

Gays are seeking rights accorded everyone else, not “special rights,” and it’s the people who oppose this who are trying to impose their version of morality on others.

Hendrik Hertzberg’s piece on Prop 8 is still the masterpiece of the genre: