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SF Judge May Allow Recording of Prop. 8 Hearing

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SAN FRANCISCO  – A federal judge in San Francisco is thinking about allowing the next court hearing dealing with California’s same-sex marriage ban to be broadcast, a move the measure’s sponsors are opposing.

U.S. District Chief Judge James Ware notified lawyers this week that he would like to record the Aug. 29 hearing where he will consider whether to unseal footage of last year’s trial on the constitutionality of the ban, known as Proposition 8.

Ware’s predecessor, former Chief Judge Vaughn Walker, recorded the trial for his own use after the U.S. Supreme Court quashed his plan to allow the proceedings to be uploaded on YouTube and live-streamed to other courthouses.

Attorneys for two couples who successfully sued to overturn Proposition 8 in Walker’s court and for a group of media organizations now are seeking to have Walker’s digital files made public.

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