(CN) – The federal judge who will preside over Monday’s trial on the constitutionality of Proposition 8 says he wants the trial to be videotaped and broadcast on YouTube.
U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker’s request is expected to be approved by the 9th Circuit. When it does, it will become the first federal trial in nine Western states to be videotaped and made public, The Los Angeles Times reported.
Prop. 8 supporters don’t want video of the trial to be broadcast over the Web, fearing witnesses might be too intimidated to speak before an Internet audience of millions. Opponents of Prop. 8 back the decision.
Walker said he wants the video to be delayed for several hours, and that he will be able to stop the video at any time during the trial, the Times reported.
Prop. 8 is a California voter-approved measure that defined marriage in that state as being between a man and a woman.
Two gay couples sued, claiming the measure, passed in November 2008, was unconstitutional.
The trial is set to start Monday.