Gay marriage supporters fear Supreme Court's ruling was an omen
When justices intervened to stop proceedings from airing online, some saw sympathy for supporters of Proposition 8 - and a lack of faith in the district judge who will first decide the measure's fate.
By David G. Savage
Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Washington - The U.S. Supreme Court cast its first vote last week on the legal challenge to California's voter initiative barring same-sex marriage, and some experts said it was a bad omen for those who hope gays and lesbians will win a constitutional right to such unions.
The 5-4 decision, with conservatives in the majority, intervened in the San Francisco district court trial on behalf of the defenders of Proposition 8.
The high court rebuked U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn Walker for seeking to give the public a chance to view the proceedings on the Internet. In its opinion, the majority saw the dispute through the same lens as the opponents of gay marriage and decided that they -- not homosexuals -- faced a hostile public climate of harassment and intimidation.
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