Judge: Gay marriage trial can be shown on YouTube

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The federal judge presiding over next week’s trial on California’s gay marriage ban says the court proceedings will be videotaped and made available YouTube.

Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker said Wednesday that a court employee will record the proceedings, then upload the video to the video-sharing site later the same day.

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

The trial will consider a constitutional challenge to California’s voter-approved gay marriage ban, known as Proposition 8.

Walker has said the case is an important one for the public to watch for itself. Lawyers representing Prop. 8 sponsors have opposed broadcasting the trial, which begins Monday.