Prop 8 Trial Going on YouTube

Watershed moment on gay marriage will be taped and broadcast
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2010 6:19 PM CST
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(Newser) – The federal trial to decide the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8 on gay marriage will likely be videotaped and put up on YouTube. A district court judge today endorsed the idea of a delayed broadcast of the trial, which starts Monday, citing "widespread interest" in the matter and the potential for the proceedings to be "highly informative."

He rejected the idea of a live broadcast, however. Instead, tapes of the day's proceedings would go up after a delay of several hours. The US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals must approve, but it's expected to do so, the LA Times reports. Supporters of Proposition 8, which outlaws same-sex marriage, had opposed taping the proceedings because they thought witnesses would be unwilling to give such public testimony.

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