Prop 8 Watch: Trial Videos to Collect Dust Forever

It’s looking more and more like the only chance we are going to get to see the anti-marriage equality people make fools of themselves during California’s Prop 8 trial is by watching the Dustin Lance Black play,”8″.

It’s been a long and bumpy ride for the poor trial tapes. First the tapes were made public, then they were ordered sealed, then they were unsealed but sealed again and now the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals says Judge Vaughn Walker promised to only use them in the courtroom.

According to the LA Times,”Thursday’s ruling said that retired U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker — who presided over the 2010 Proposition 8 trial and ruled the measure unconstitutional — repeatedly had reassured opponents of gay marriage that the tapes would not be broadcast.”

“Before the prop 8 trial started, Walker announced that portions of it would be broadcast on a delayed basis on the Internet and shown by videotape in other federal courthouses around the country. ProtectMarriage objected and obtained a U.S. Supreme Court ruling prohibiting broadcast. The group argued its witnesses would be intimidated and vulnerable to harassment.”

The head of the American Foundation for Equal Rights issued a statement following Thursday’s ruling,”It speaks volumes that the proponents of Proposition 8 spent millions on a political campaign to publicize their views, yet they have done everything they can to stop the public from seeing the weak case they put on at trial. They know the videotape would expose their baseless campaign of fear and let the public see the powerful evidence we submitted showing that Proposition 8 flatly violates the United States Constitution.  That’s why they fought so hard to keep the tapes secret,”wrote AFER Board President,Chad Griffin.

The Courage Campaign agreed,”“We are disappointed in the 9th Circuit’s decision to not release the videotapes from the historic Prop 8 hearing. In our minds, it never made sense that transcripts from the hearing could be easily accessed by anyone but not the videotapes. That just proves that our cowardly opponents knew they did a poor job defending their bigotry and homophobia in court. We sincerely hope this decision does not herald more bad news regarding the unconstitutionally of Prop 8. Lives are depending on it.”

The Ninth Circuit is also expected to rule any day now on prop 8 itself.

On Sept. 19th, 2011, a stage reading of the new play “8” written by Dustin Lance Black and directed by Joe Mantello brought to life last year’s federal court hearings where two gay couples filed suit against Proposition 8 in Federal Court. Interviews with Christine Lahti, John Lithgow, Matt Bomer, Dustin Lance. The play is expected to go nationwide soon.

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3 Responses to Prop 8 Watch: Trial Videos to Collect Dust Forever

  1. Thanks for the link to the Dustin Lance Black play. Wish we could see it in Idaho.

  2. Pingback: Must See TV: Dustin Lance Black’s “8″ To Be Streamed Live this Saturday « The Idaho Agenda

  3. Pingback: Watch! “8″: A Play about the Fight for Marriage Equality « The Idaho Agenda

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