OPEN COURTS -- A federal judge overseeing a lawsuit challenging California's
same-sex marriage ban is considering whether to allow closing arguments
to be broadcast on television or the Internet, reports the Associated Press.
Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker in San Francisco issued a notice Tuesday stating
he would hear final arguments on June 16.
Walker heard more than two weeks of testimony in January but delayed
closing arguments to allow lawyers to submit more evidence.
The Associated Press and other media organizations have requested that
cameras be permitted in court for closing arguments.
Walker in January authorized real-time streaming of the proceedings for
viewing in other federal courthouses and a delayed transmission on YouTube. But the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the
broadcasts at the request of Proposition 8 sponsors.