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by Jeremy Hooper

BREAKING NEWS, per MSNBC: "U.S. Supreme Court blocks broadcast of trial on California's ban of gay marriage."

More to come.

**UPDATE: "The high court on Monday said it will not allow video of the trial to be posted on YouTube.com, even with a delay, until the justices have more time to consider the issue. It said that Monday's order will be in place at least until Wednesday." Breyer dissented. [AP via Chron]

**UPDATE, 1/13: Order upheld

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Your thoughts

I just may swallow my tongue... Outrageous, absolutely outrageous. Temporary victory at least for the homophobes. It slays me that THEY are worried about being discriminated against and that their argument holds water with the Supreme Court...

Posted by: ScottNH | Jan 11, 2010 12:12:29 PM

I think this ruling was more of a temporary place-holder. There is a valid argument to be made about the legal considerations, and so they've given it until Wednesday to think about it. The decision in itself, imo, is more or less neutral I don't believe there's anything to read into it other than that at this point.

Posted by: Sassifras | Jan 11, 2010 1:13:02 PM

Sassifras: I'm not sure anyone's reading too much more into it. it's just disappointing that we're all going to miss the first two days.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jan 11, 2010 1:16:35 PM

True enough! I certainly agree, it's a disappointment. I do wonder if they'll actually pursue the matter further on Wednesday, or simply let the Youtube postings proceed. Hurry up and wait, as they say.

Posted by: Sassifras | Jan 11, 2010 1:28:52 PM

Teddy Partridge at Firedoglake is liveblogging from the trial if you want to keep up with it as it unfold next couple of days. http://seminal.firedoglake.com/diary/23357

Posted by: Mykelb | Jan 11, 2010 2:44:34 PM

Rick Jacobs just sent out an email blast where he questions the rationale behind the anti-gays for wanting to block the trial broadcast. His words:

Prop 8 supporters and anti-equality organizations like the National Organization for Marriage have spent tens of millions of dollars on 30-second ads scaring the American people into thinking that same-sex marriage will destroy our country. And now, when federal judges want to open the courtrooms to America, Prop 8 supporters want to unplug the TV.

What are they hiding? And what are organizations like NOM and Focus on the Family willing to do and say to keep the American people from finding out the truth?

The reason that they spend millions on hate-ads, and are opposed to the public broadcast of an actual debate is simple: the ads are a one way conversation with no rebuttal. An actual debate poses the truth next to the lies from the lying liars, and the lies can't stand the LIGHT of the TRUTH. Broadcasting the proceedings are (in every way) the worst thing that could happen to the anti-gays flimsy arguments.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Jan 11, 2010 3:22:55 PM

Yup. Rick nails it.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jan 11, 2010 3:31:20 PM

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