September 19, 2011
By Adam Bink
Just in, Judge Ware granted the plaintiffs’ motion to unseal the Prop 8 tapes! Judge Ware granted a limited stay on his own ruling, until September 30th, meaning if the Court doesn’t grant a longer stay as a result of a motion or a higher court, the tapes will then be released to the public. Ruling:
Tens of thousands of you and Courage members signed a petition on this and raised awareness around the hearing. A good victory. Now we need to defend it.
More to come…
Update: At Courage, we believe there is an extremely good chance that this will be appealed and possibly stayed. So the fight isn’t over.
Below is a message we deployed to our members. With your contribution, we pushed hard to get these tapes released and to fight the frivolous motion to overturn Judge Walker’s decision on account of his sexual orientation. Now we have to defend this decision.
This is not just another ruling, Adam. If the Prop 8 proponents have their way, the public would never see video footage of the trial, including their own witness testifying under oath that same-sex marriage strengthens America and its families.
What if we could take the videotapes and turn them into a documentary? Or TV ads in states like Minnesota and North Carolina, where voters will consider constitutional amendments in 2012 to ban same-sex marriage? The public could see that same-sex marriage isn’t just the right thing to do — it’s a civil right.
We went 2 for 2 in Judge Ware’s courtroom, Adam. First hundreds of Courage members funded the billboards (seen above) outside the San Francisco courthouse, asking Judge Ware to deny our opponents’ frivolous motion to overturn Judge Walker’s decision on account of his sexual orientation. He did. Then tens of thousands of you signed a petition to Judge Ware, demanding that transparency. He granted it. Now we’ve got to stay on offense.
Together for justice and sunshine,
Chair and Founder, Courage Campaign
An update: A good summary from Paul at Gay City News here.
Update 2: The appeal that was filed, surprise surprise.