A federal judge on Monday ordered the release of video of last year's trial that resulted in declaring Proposition 8, California's gay marriage ban, unconstitutional, the AP reported.

“No compelling reasons exist for continued sealing of the digital recording of the trial,” U.S. District Court Judge James Ware wrote in his decision.

Ware stayed his own ruling until September 30 to allow for an expected appeal.

Proponents of Proposition 8 turned to Ware after U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker, now retired, used a clip from the 2010 trial he presided over during a speech he gave in February in Arizona. They asked the court to stop Walker from showing the video again. Opponents volleyed back with a request to make the recordings available for broadcast.

At issue was whether release of the recording would put defense witnesses at risk of harassment from opponents of the constitutional amendment which overruled a 2008 California Supreme Court decision that legalized gay marriage in the state.

David Thompson, a lawyer for Protect Marriage, the coalition of mostly religious groups that sponsored Proposition 8, told Ware that his concern was with the video “being made public.”

He added that the Supreme Court had blocked Walker's plan to broadcast the trial. Walker kept the cameras rolling but sealed the videos.

“We were entitled to rely on those unqualified assurances, and we did,” Thompson during a hearing.

But Ware disagreed, saying the court's order didn't amount to a requirement to seal the tapes.

“The Court finds that the record does not support the contention that Judge Walker limited the digital recording to chambers use only,” Ware wrote. “Judge Walker, without objection, made copies of the digital recording available to the parties for use during closing arguments.”

The ruling arrives on the day 8 premieres on Broadway. The Dustin Lance Black play is based on trial transcripts and interviews. Black said he wrote the play in part because the video was not available for public viewing.