C-SPAN to Televise Oral Arguments in Federal Prop 8 Case

Prop8 C-Span will televise oral arguments in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the federal challenge to Proposition 8, when it goes before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, according to Clerk of Court Molly Dwyer:

"C-SPAN applied to televise live the case captioned above, scheduled to be heard in San Francisco, on December 6, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. C-SPAN’s request to televise live is GRANTED. A maximum of two (2) video cameras will be permitted in the courtroom. C-SPAN will serve as the pool-feed for all media organizations that submit an application."

Said Chad Griffin, Board President of the American Foundation for Equal Rights: “For too long the truth about marriage equality has been obscured by misleading political rhetoric. Our case is rooted in the principles of equality upon which our nation was founded and the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law for every American, without exception. That case has already been proven conclusively in federal court, and now millions of Americans will be able to hear the truth about this issue first-hand.”


  1. Zlick says

    Heheh, in some ways, the non-televised Prop 8 federal trial was better – because I could surrepticiously follow along all day at work via so many internet sources that it was almost like being there. But I’m gonna have to take the day off for this – because I’m not missing it!

  2. BobN says

    Between this and the Senate debate on DADT which will be the same week, it’s going to be a very gay holiday season…

    My two cents: the SCOTUS will slap down the decision to broadcast in five, four, three, two…

  3. Jim says

    SCOTUS will likely have a more difficult time nixing the broadcast since the 9th circuit already has rules in place and has a history of broadcasting cases (which by the way are available for free on their website).

  4. JM says

    Since the decision to permit a live, televised coverage of the 9th Circut, a few thing spring to mind:
    1) The Court has already come to the conclusion that Prop 8 is a true violation of the Consitution’s Equal Protection.
    2) By permitting live coverage, The Court has decided that a CLEAR message must be sent, not by an opinion, but by oral arguments so that the media & the public can see that WE are NO THREAT to straight marriage.
    Indeed, I see this as a victory. Equality MUST prevail! Just as it did about Civil Rights.
    Better late than never!