Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Sign the Petition to Televise Prop. 8 Trial

On Thursday the state Supreme Court will hear arguments on three lawsuits challenging Proposition 8, the controversial constitutional amendment that bans gay marriage. California's high court will hear both sides of the gay marriage argument.

Those against Prop 8 believe that people were lied to by all the hate groups lobbying so hard to get the bill passed and they fell prey to the idiocy. The voters are definitely complicit when it comes to the passage of Prop 8 but they were not alone in pushing it through. Church groups and other anti-gay groups spent millions on getting this thing passed. The grassroots efforts of the opposition never stood a chance.
Charles Cooper, a lawyer for the sponsors of the measure said that his clients oppose televising the trial. He said the Proposition 8 sponsors are concerned about possible intimidation or harassment of witnesses. Some witnesses have said "they will not be willing to testify at all if the trial is televised or webcast,". Theodore Boutrous, a lawyer for the same-sex couples, told the judge that his clients "strongly support televising the trial in order to afford the public meaningful access in this exceptionally important case."

If the Proposition 8 trial is televised, it would be the first federal trial to be broadcast in the West, and one of the first in the nation. Cameras have previously been allowed in some federal appeals court hearings as well as in California's state court system. Charles

If you want the trial to be televised please sign this petition.

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