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Ruling due on release of gay marriage trial videos
Appeals court set to rule on public release of videos from Calif. same-sex marriage ban trial
By The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ' A federal appeals court is announcing if it will unseal video recordings of the landmark trial on the constitutionality of California's same-sex marriage ban.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said it plans to file its decision on releasing the recordings or keeping them sealed Thursday morning. The 2010 trial was the first in a federal court to examine if prohibiting gay couples from marrying violates their constitutional rights

U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker had staff members record the proceedings with the caveat that the footage would be used only by him to help him reach a verdict.

Media organizations, including The Associated Press, and lawyers for the two couples who sued to overturn Proposition 8 have been arguing the videos should be made public.

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