Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Gay marriage trial tapes to be public, judge rules | Reuters

I'm not at all clear on the intrinsic significance of making public the video recording of the trial evidence, but given the energy devoted by the opponents of equality to keeping the trial record secret, this ruling must be disappointing to them - and so, good news for our side.

Video recordings of the trial over California's gay marriage ban should be unsealed, a federal judge ruled on Monday.
District Judge James Ware in San Francisco said in a court order that there was "no compelling" reason to keep the digital files under seal.
Video coverage of the landmark trial was a key issue in the case, in which former U.S. District Judge Judge Vaughn Walker ultimately struck down California's Proposition 8 as unconstitutional.
Before the trial proponents of gay marriage, who had challenged the law, wanted the trial broadcast under a new rule by the appeals court in California allowing the broadcast of some civil cases. Nonetheless as the trial opened in January 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the proceedings could not be broadcast."

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