This morning the U.S. Supreme Court halted both realtime and delayed broadcasts of oral arguments in the California Prop 8 Same same-sex marriage litigation.
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer filed a dissenting from the court's short one-paragraph order, contending that the legal arguments filed in support of halting the broadcast did not meet the requisite legal standard of showing that 'irreparable harm' was likely if broadcast wasn't stopped. Breyer argued that any decision should have been made without granting a temporary restraining order to stop transmission of the legal proceedings in court.
The trial over California's closely watched legislative ban against gay and lesbian marriage starts in federal court today in San Francisco.
You can read the Supreme Court's order halting the rebroadcast and live transmissions of Prop. 8 arguments here:
- Supreme Court Blocks Broadcasting of Gay Marriage Case, Reuters (an. 11, 2010)
- Gay Marriage Ban Goes on Trial in California, Reuters (Jan. 11, 2010)
- The Olson/Boies Challnege to California's Proposition 8: A High-Risk Effort, John Dean (May 29, 2009)
- Same-Sex Couples and the Law, FindLaw