The first federal case to challenge the
constitutionality of a gay marriage ban will be streamed over the
Internet, Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled Wednesday.
Supporters of Proposition 8, the
voter-approved measure that placed a gay marriage ban in the
California Constitution and trumped a state Supreme Court ruling that
granted gay couples the right to marry, have protested the idea,
saying it posed a potential threat to trial participants.
BusinessWeek.com reported that Walker
will allow the trial – which begins January 11 – to be broadcast
over YouTube, the video-sharing site owned by Google Inc.
“This is a case which merits a very
serious consideration for widespread distribution,” Walker said
during Wednesday's hearing.
Walker is acting after a pilot program
that would for the first time allow cameras in civil trials was
approved by the governing body for federal courts in Western states.
Kristin Perry v Arnold
Schwarzenegger is the first such case to be heard in a federal
courtroom, but three more are wending their way through the system,
suit brought by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley,
who is campaigning for the Senate seat vacated by the late Senator