Court officials are allowing remote viewing in San Francisco and elsewhere around the country of the trial scheduled to begin Monday in federal court in San Francisco on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage.
The nonjury trial is expected to begin at 8:30 a.m. Monday in the court of U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker, and a live video and audio feed of the proceedings will be available in another San Francisco courthouse, as well as at four other federal courthouses in the country.
Walker will preside over Perry v. Schwarzenegger, a trial on a lawsuit in which two same-sex couples claim Proposition 8 violates their federal constitutional rights. The trial is expected to last about two weeks.
The lawsuit was filed in May against Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and other state officials responsible for enforcing Proposition 8 rather than the sponsors of the ballot measure.
The measure was enacted by state voters in 2008 as Proposition 8.
The U.S. District Court has installed cameras and other video equipment, and will control the recording process. Walker has reserved the right to terminate the audio or video at any time, according to court officials.
Public access to the remote viewing locations will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
No photographs or recording of the audio or video at the remote viewing locations will be allowed.
The remote viewing in San Francisco will be available in the library conference room on the first floor of the James R. Browning U.S. Courthouse, located at 95 Seventh St.
Remote viewing is also available at federal courthouses in Pasadena, Calif., Portland, Ore., Seattle, and Brooklyn, N.Y.
More information about the case is available at www.cand.uscourts.gov.