Supreme Court to Release Same-Day Audio Recordings of Oral Arguments on DOMA and Prop 8


The Supreme Court will release same-day recordings of oral arguments in the Prop 8 and DOMA cases, the NYT reports:

The last time the court allowed same-day access to such recordings was a year ago, when it heard three days of arguments over the constitutionality of President Obama’s health care law. The court’s general practice in recent years has been to release audio recordings of arguments at the end of the week.

The court said the recording of the hourlong argument in the first case, Hollingsworth v. Perry, No. 12-144, would be available on its Web site by 1 p.m. on March 26. That case is a challenge to Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage.

The recording of the argument in United States v. Windsor, No. 12-307, will last almost two hours and will be available by 2 p.m. on March 27, the court said. The case is a challenge of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

As always, stay tuned to Towleroad for analysis of the arguments next week.


  1. Zlick says

    I’m so glad about this. I won’t have to be glued to various twitter feeds all morning.

    I wonder if I’m being naive to be so optimistic about the Supreme Court’s rulings. Better that than despair, though. This has been an obvious day coming, ever since our local state Supreme Court ruled that equal marriage was granted by the California Constitution, nearly 5 years ago. I didn’t see DOMA hitting SCOTUS at the exact same time, but the time is finally upon us to be rid of all of it.

  2. voet says

    I don’t want to read too much into this, but at the very least,SCOTUS appears to be aware of the incredible importance these cases have to the American public. Hopefully that is an omen of good things to come.

  3. MAP says

    I think SCOTUS realized the mistake that was made when the prop 8 tapes weren’t released to the public. This way SCOTUS can say “Once you listen to the facts and arguments of the anti SSM side you will understand why we voted in favor of repealing DOMA and prop8″.

  4. Jeff says

    Exactly MAP, they want no confusion here.

    There is too much twisting of facts, religion, and superstition in these cases as is.

    Just that the proponents desire to keep the Prop 8 trial tapes out of public viewing said it all, they know they have no standing.

    I am optimistic, so very much so. I can’t help but believe that we are on the verge of major victories here.

  5. Jeff says

    Randy, not cameras so much as video recordings of direct statements made. Text transcripts are bad enough for them, but video really exposes them in their worst light.

    We’ll all see it someday soon when the video tapes are released.

  6. PeteNsfo says

    Could some clever YouTube drag queens please put together the re-enacted transcript version… like Prop 8, only campy?

    Lady Bunny, Jackie Beat, Heklina, & that blonde gal from NYC that does the terrific song-parodies… I would LOVE that to go viral. And if it did, we might see the video transcripts arrive sooner than anyone thought! Get on it, gurlz!

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