Groundbreaking gay marriage trial begins

Monday, January 11, 2010 - 11:55am

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today to block for the first few days videotaped coverage of a federal trial in San Francisco that was supposed to be aired on YouTube.

The trial is the first on same-sex couple’s right to marry. In 2008, voters in California approved a ballot measure banning same-sex marriage. Two gay couples who are suing say that the law violates their constitutional rights. Opponents of same-sex marriage say that the law is constitutional and the will of the people. Proposition 8 changed California’s constitution to overturn a state Supreme Court ruling that allowed gays and lesbians to marry.

Judge Vaughn Walker decided to allow videotaped coverage of the non-jury trial to be posted on the Internet site YouTube, overriding concerns of opponents of same sex marriage who said those who testify could face harassment if their faces are widely broadcast.

In Monday’s ruling, the Supreme Court said it needed more time to consider the decision to broadcast the trial. Monday’s order will be in place until Wednesday.