The conservatives on the Supreme Court fell for the arguments of the Prop. 8 supporters — and these Justices have an aversion to televising their proceedings. (They actually work for the public and our paid by our tax dollars, but that’s lost on most of them.) The Times editorial page blasted yesterday’s decision to block cameras from the courtroom in California:
The antipathy of some justices to televising Supreme Court arguments is as well known as it is wrongheaded. But the court’s stance against allowing unobtrusive C-Spanlike coverage of its own proceedings should not foreclose public viewing of this case.
There have been claims that televising the courtroom proceeding would somehow be unfair to defenders of Proposition 8, the California ballot initiative that banned same-sex marriage. They are hazy and unsubstantiated and vastly outweighed by the strong public interest in the airing of a major civil-rights issue. But the Supreme Court’s majority bought the false argument.
Over the next three weeks or so, the trial will test whether Proposition 8 violates the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection. The trial already has featured emotionally charged testimony about the marriage ban. It is a chance for close cross-examination of opponents’ bogus claims that permitting same-sex couples to wed would harm heterosexual marriage.
Those bogus claims are being exposed as is the unabashed homophobia from the other side. That’s really why they don’t want the case televised. But, it’s getting out anyway.
The Supreme Court’s website has an archaic feel to it. Decisions are provided in .pdf format. I uploaded the decision in this case to scribd.com, it can be viewed here and I posted it after the break.
Supreme Court decision on cameras in Prop. 8 courtroom http://d1.scribdassets.com/ScribdViewer.swf?document_id=25208528&access_key=key-yycnqoiuna08tbabcl4&page=1&version=1&viewMode=list