Judge says televised Prop. 8 trial possible

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Posted: Dec 30, 2009 10:34 PM

The federal judge presiding over an upcoming trial on California's same-sex marriage ban says he is considering seeking permission to broadcast the proceedings.

The governing body for federal courts in Western states last week approved a pilot program that would for the first time allow cameras in civil trials being decided by judges.

Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker said in an order issued Wednesday that he wants to record or webcast a Jan. 6 pretrial hearing as a test run for the trial, in which he'll consider a constitutional challenge to California's voter-approved gay marriage ban, known as Proposition 8.

Lawyers representing sponsors of the ban, approved by voters in 2008, have said they oppose having the trial broadcast outside the courtroom.