Ah, the wonders of the world wide web . . . in this case, YouTube.
In the November 2008 elections, not only were Presidential candidates on the ballot in California, so was Proposition 8. Proposition 8 sought to affirm that lawful marriage in California would be reserved for matrimonially joining one woman with one man. Voters approved the measure. Those opposed to the measure are apparently still miffed at “democracy” spelled with a little “d,” and have made numerous attempts to do an end run around voters and the fundamentals of American governance.
Among the latest attempts to circumvent democracy, those opposed to California’s Proposition 8 are in the process of litigating the measure as a civil matter in a federal court where one judge (no jury) will decide the case. In an unprecedented move, U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker has ruled that courtroom proceedings will be recorded on video for display on YouTube. (All the handier for harvesting sound bites out of context, don’t you think? After all, who’d stare glassy-eyed at a computer monitor for hours upon hours watching courtroom YouTube clips to wrap their heads around the full scope and context of everything presented at trial?)
My advice to Prop 8 supporters who will be testifying: Don’t let the opposing side sucker you into their straw man arguments wherein religion is the bogeyman. Don’t let them turn this trial into a referendum on religion. The opposing side has attempted to use that trick to sidetrack debating the real issue time after time. As I’ve argued in a prior blog entry here at Buckeye RINO, one can be an atheist who subscribes to Darwinian evolution and still see the wisdom of withholding state recognition of same-sex “marriages.”
Of course, I’m not surprised that the opposing side is pushing for video coverage. I’ve noted the opposing side’s double-speak before, when they’ve said that they want the government to stay out of bedrooms yet their actions demonstrate that they really want to parade their bedroom activity in full public view.
I suppose we could be thankful that the liberal left will only be presenting us with a courtroom video and not a bedroom video.
UPDATE 1/11/10: At least for the near future, the Supreme Court has blocked cameras from the courtroom for this trial.