Prop. 8 arguments will be taped, televised

Friday, December 2, 2011

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has announced that arguments to be heard Dec. 8 in two appeals involving California’s struck-down law prohibiting same-sex marriage will be videotaped and then televised.

Voters passed in 2009 a ballot measure called Proposition 8 that defined marriage as a union of one man with one woman. The California Supreme Court found the law constitutional, but a federal district court ruled it unconstitutional because it violated equal-protection and due-process rights of same-sex couples to marry. The case before the 9th Circuit is Perry v. Brown.

“The panel has given consent for videotaping of the proceedings for later broadcast by C-SPAN and
the NBC-7 television station in San Diego, and for still photo coverage by the Los Angeles Times,” a Nov. 30 press release said. Digital files of video and audio recordings of the proceedings will be available on by noon Dec. 9, the court said.