Couples involved in California same-sex marriage case ask US Supreme Court to allow release of trial video
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Couples involved in California same-sex marriage case ask US Supreme Court to allow release of trial video

The plaintiffs involved in California’s 2010 landmark same-sex marriage case Tuesday asked the US Supreme Court to not block the public release of the court video recording the case, in which the state’s same-sex marriage ban was overturned.

The Supreme Court is currently deciding on a challenge by the original proponents of Proposition 8 to keep the video of the Perry v. Schwarzenegger/Brown trial under seal. In 2021 the challengers lost their bid to stop the trial video’s release in the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, with the Ninth Circuit ruling that the challengers did not demonstrate a “particularized injury” and did not have standing under Article III of the US Constitution.

The proponents’ requested that the Supreme Court overturn the Ninth Circuit’s decision to allow the trial video’s release. They argued that the court video was only to be used in chambers.

The same sex couples involved in Perry, along with the City of San Francisco and tv station KQED, argue that there is no reason for the Supreme Court to review the Ninth Circuit’s decision.

In 2008 California’s Proposition 8 same-sex marriage ban was approved by a referendum. This proposition created an amendment to the California Constitution “to define marriage as between one man and one woman, thus reversing a state judicial ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in California.”