California’s same-sex marriage debate saw the inside of a courtroom yesterday in the first day of the Perry vs. Schwarzenegger trial, a challenge to Proposition 8‘s legality. This time around, there’s also great debate over the debate – which is to say that same-sex marriage advocates want a televised/video-available trial for Proposition 8, while their opponents want to keep the trial behind closed doors (er… in the closet?).
The Supreme Court sided with the conservative opponents of same-sex marriage, and temporarily overruled U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker‘s allowance to stream video of the trial via YouTube. That temporary order will remain in effect until January 13th, at which point things may change. In the meantime there are written transcripts of the trial at Prop8TrialTracker, and others are reporting blow-by-blow via Twitter.
The topic of gay marriage hit the T-shirts many years ago, but with California’s gay marriage debates we’ve seen more content than any other state-specific issue in recent memory. The merchandise is overwhelmingly in favor of equal marriage rights, but of course this issue isn’t necessarily one wherein opponents want the world to know their stance.
Most seem to think that this particular trial is a landmark case that will ultimately end up in the U.S. Supreme Court. Time will tell.