The closing arguments by both sides in the legal battle over California's gay marriage ban won't be broadcast, the Ninth U.S. District Court announced last week.

Speculation that lawyer's final arguments in the high-profile trial considering the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the gay marriage ban narrowly approved by California voters in 2008, would be broadcast jumped after the San Francisco Chronicle reported that the court might consider such an option.

“Despite a rebuff from the U.S. Supreme Court, the Bay Area's federal judges are again proposing to allow cameras in their courtrooms, a plan that could lead to telecasting of closing arguments in a suit challenging California's ban on sex-sex marriage,” the paper reported.

The Supreme Court blocked a plan by Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker to broadcast the trial from his San Francisco courtroom to other federal courthouses and post delayed footage on YouTube, the video-sharing website owned by Google.

In appealing to the Supreme Court, Proposition 8 lawyers argued that public broadcast would intimidate their witnesses.

In its 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court chastised Walker for shortening the usual comment period. The court said the trial was too “divisive” for the court's pilot project and suggested it should start with a more routine case.

Final arguments will not be broadcast, the court announced on its website.

“Certain recent articles have reported incorrect information about possible broadcasting of closing arguments in Perry et. al. v. Schwarzenegger et. al.,” the court said.

The court said that the request to broadcast the trial was withdrawn by Judge Walker on January 15, 2010.

“Broadcasting closing arguments would require Chief Judge Walker to request that these arguments be included in the Ninth Circuit's pilot program and approval of that request by Chief Judge Kozinski. No such request has been made,” the court said.

Closing arguments in the case have yet to be scheduled.