Monday, January 11, 2010

No Freedom of Information for Gays

     One right we apparently don't have is the right to view the public trial and to know what the right-wing Christian, Catholic, and Mormon-backed supporters of "traditional" marriage are saying about homosexuals, and what lies they will continue to spin, in order to keep us second class citizens.  The Supreme Court will give it's final word hopefully on Wednesday, as to whether the federal trial public video coverage will be shown.

     On Friday, opponents of Prop. 8 sent petitions signed by more than 140,000 people urging TV coverage of the trial.
     "It's vital that this trial be open to the public," said Rick Jacobs, founder of the Courage Campaign Institute in Los Angeles. "The outcome will affect millions of people, and it's the American way to open the judicial process to the public."
     Foes of Prop. 8 criticized the appeal to the Supreme Court as a desperate attempt "to shut cameras out."
     "Those who want to ban gay marriage spent millions of dollars to reach the public with misleading ads, rallies and news conferences during the campaign to pass Prop. 8. We are curious why they now fear the publicity they once craved," said Chad Griffin, Board President of the American Foundation for Equal Rights.
     "Apparently transparency is their enemy, but the people deserve to know exactly what it is they have to hide."
     Yes, transparency is their enemy, as throughout the campaigns in California for Prop 8 and in Maine for Question 1, the holy religious people who've supposedly got god on their side have been trying to keep their spending and their actions under wraps all along.  So much for the truth setting them free.


Saxon said...

But TV cameras are rarely allowed in federal courtrooms to begin with. Presumably, it doesn't stop a person from attending hearings and there's a record being kept of everything that's being said. I don't see this as a transparency issue.

Heretic Tom said...

Thanks, Saxon. That's good to know. Hopefully, they'll put the transcripts online.