Supreme Court Blocks Internet Broadcast of Prop. 8 Trial

The Supreme Court on Monday put a temporary block on a YouTube broadcast of the federal case challenging California’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples.

That trial begins today in San Francisco.

The Supreme Court said the block would allow for “further consideration” about the webcast, The Washington Post reported today.

The lawsuit was filed by two California couples who argue that California’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples, known as Proposition 8, is unconstitutional. (To read more about the case, click here)

National media outlets are devoting significant coverage to the trial. The Associated Press, The New York Times, and ABC have covered the story extensively, among others.

Newsweek published an editorial in its Jan. 18 issue authored by Theodore B. Olson, the conservative attorney who will argue to overturn the ban. The lengthy article, titled “The Conservative Case for Gay Marriage,” argues that “same-sex unions promote the values conservatives prize.”

Similarly, a CNN.com article published on Monday titled  “Courtroom Showdown Set to Begin over Same-Sex Marriage,” touched on the historic significance of the case:

It is expected to set legal precedents that will shape society for years to come and result in a landmark court decision that settles whether Americans can marry people of the same sex.

Meanwhile, many people are taking to Twitter for the most up-to-date news on the trial. Others will have to wait until the Supreme Court decides whether or not to proceed with the YouTube broadcast. That decision is expected to come down on Wednesday.

GLAAD will continue to follow the media’s coverage of the Prop. 8 trial. Updates can be found on GLAADblog.org.