Supreme Court rejects Prop 8 camera coverage

January 14, 2010

The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 vote on Wednesday, rejected video coverage of the Proposition 8 trial currently taking place in San Francisco. [Los Angeles Times]

The conservative majority on the court ruled that the defenders of the ban on same-sex marriage would likely face “irreparable harm” if the proceedings were broadcast to the public.

“it would be difficult — if not impossible — to reverse the harm of these broadcasts,” the court argued. “The witnesses could suffer harassment and might be less likely to cooperate in any future proceeedings.”

Advocates had hoped to videotape the gay marriage trial of Perry vs. Schwarzenegger and post it on YouTube for delayed viewing.