Could Prop 8 make good Court TV?

Posted on 06 Jan 2010 at 10:36am

Tell Judge Walker you want your Prop 8 TV.
Tell Judge Walker you want your Prop 8 TV.

This is already abuzz over the Interweb. It looks like U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker wants to open his courtroom to the television cameras as he oversees the federal court challenge to Prop 8 Monday. However, instead of just making that decision, Walker wants to open up the idea to the public to televise the proceedings. But he needs to hear from you by Friday.

The California-based Courage Campaign has sent out an email collecting signatures encouraging Judge Walker to go ahead with the cameras. Their e-mail message comes after the jump.

The interest in this case is unprecedented. And not surprisingly, supporters of Prop 8 — who eliminated the right of same-sex couples to marry — do NOT want the trial to be televised. Opponents of Prop 8 — led by attorneys David Boies and Ted Olson — are seeking to televise the case in the interests of full transparency. They want this historic trial to be watched by as many Americans as possible. And, of course, we agree.

We have just this one chance to make our voices heard — thousands of Americans calling for equality, transparency and accountability. That’s why we’re teaming up with CREDO Action to collect as many signatures as possible asking Judge Walker to televise the case. We need your signature now.

Together, along with our friends at CREDO, we will hand-deliver your signatures to Judge Vaughn Walker on Friday before the deadline.

This case presents issues that are very important to the public, and will affect millions of people. However, if the case is not televised, only a tiny fraction will ever be able to watch the trial in person. By televising the trial, the public will be able to see for themselves the arguments and evidence presented by both sides, and will therefore have more confidence in the outcome of the trial. That’s why we think the Prop 8 court case should be televised and we’re collecting as many signatures as possible to submit to Judge Vaughn Walker.

Click here to sign now and say “YES — the Prop 8 trial should be televised.” SIGNATURE DEADLINE: FRIDAY 9 a.m.:

If you know other people who believe the Prop 8 trial should be televised as well, please forward this message to them ASAP. Thank you so much for making your voice heard at this critical time. We will update you as soon as further news develops.

Rick Jacobs
Chair, Courage Campaign Institute

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