Federal Prop. 8 Trial Underway: US Supreme Court Blocks Video Broadcast

"Prop. 8 sends a message that it’s very highly valued by our constitution to reject gay people." - Dr. Ilan Meyer, Associate Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and expert witness in the Prop. 8 Trial


This week has been a very busy week for California. The federal trial about the legality of Proposition 8 began on Monday and has seen some very long, detailed testimony. You can follow the trial live at: http://prop8trialtracker.com/. I recommend going through and reading some of the posts from the first few days. Unfortunately, you can not see the video of the trial because the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 to block the release of the videos to the general public. The opinion said, "It would be difficult -- if not impossible -- to reverse the harm of those broadcasts." The four dissenters were Justices Stephen G. Breyer, John Paul Stevens, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor.

"The Court today issues an order that will prevent the transmission of proceedings in a nonjury civil case of great public interest to five other federal courthouses," wrote Justice Breyer. "The majority's action today is unusual. It grants a stay in order . . . to intervene in a matter of local court administration that it would not (and should not) consider. It cites no precedent for doing so. It identifies no real harm, let alone 'irreparable harm'. . . . And the public interest weighs in favor of providing access to the courts."


THIS LEADS TO OUR POLL QUESTION.. If lawmakers or the Supreme Court legalize same-sex marriage (like in CA), should voters be able to overturn it??? GO VOTE ON THE LEFT!!!


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