SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – Oral arguments in a hearing on California’s gay marriage ban will be televised. An appeals court granted two TV stations permission to broadcast the proceedings, scheduled for Dec. 6.
The 9th Circuit will allow C-Span and KGO to televise live, and KGO will be permitted to tape the proceedings for later broadcast. Two cameras will be permitted in the courtroom, under the order.
The two-week trial in January before U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker was to have been filmed for YouTube, but that plan was nixed after objections from proponents of the gay marriage ban.
The proponents appealed Judge Walker’s August ruling that found the ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
“The tradition of restricting marriage to opposite-sex couples does not further any state interest,” Walker wrote. “Rather, the evidence shows that Prop. 8 harms the state’s interest in equality, because it mandates that men and women be treated differently based only on antiquated and discredited notions of gender.”