An appeals court in California on Monday suspended a lower court's ruling ordering the release of video of last year's trial that resulted in declaring Proposition 8, California's gay marriage ban, unconstitutional, the AP reported.

U.S. District Court Judge James Ware last month ruled that “No compelling reasons exist for continued sealing of the digital recording of the trial.”

Protect Marriage, the coalition of mostly religious groups that sponsored Proposition 8, appealed the decision. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals stayed Ware's ruling pending a decision by the court, which has scheduled a hearing for December 5.

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.

Protect Marriage lawyers argues that 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.