Supreme Court's second move alarms gay advocates
- 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
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