Broadcast of gay marriage trial banned by Supreme Court

Mon. January 11, 2010 12:00 AM by News Staff

San Francisco, CA - The Supreme Court has blocked a broadcast of the trial on California's Proposition 8, at least until Wednesday.

The federal trial, scheduled to begin later today under Federal court Judge Vaughn Walker in San Francisco, will consider whether the Proposition 8 gay marriage ban is legal. Proposition 8 was approved by 52 percent of California voters in November 2008.

Gay marriage advocates believed the court case should be carried live on YouTube.

The video broadcast ban will be in place until the justices have more time to consider the issue.

To date only five US states recognize gay marriage: Iowa, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire.