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    Supreme Court s second move alarms gay advocates by Lisa Keen Bay Area Reporter Saturday Jan 23, 2010 In its second surprise move in a week, the United States
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      Supreme Court's second move alarms gay advocates

      by Lisa Keen

      Bay Area Reporter

      Saturday Jan 23, 2010



      In its second surprise move in a week, the United States Supreme Court on
      Friday, January 15, announced it would review another narrow dispute
      involving anti-gay activists' alleged fear of harassment over their public
      opposition to legal recognition for same-sex relationships.



      The court's actions - because they are unusual involvements in two cases
      regarding same-sex relationships - have gay legal activists worried.



      "With the first decision, it might have looked like it was mostly driven by
      justices who are just adamantly opposed to cameras in the courtroom," said
      Jennifer Pizer, head of Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund's National
      Marriage Project. "But with the second decision, it goes from being
      worrisome to alarming. Both decisions are based on quite absurd arguments"
      that the anti-gay activists are being "terribly persecuted by an angry mob,
      and that's just ridiculous."



      Pizer was referring to a ruling issued January 13 that bars televised
      coverage of the Proposition 8 trial now under way in San Francisco. U.S.
      District Court Judge Vaughn Walker, who is presiding over the Perry v.
      Schwarzenegger case, had issued a decision allowing the trial to be shown in
      several federal courthouses around the country and have the proceedings
      uploaded to YouTube. But the high court blocked those plans at the start of
      the trial last Monday and then on Wednesday issued its order prohibiting the
      broadcasts.



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