Last week, the right-leaning U.S Supreme Court blocked television cameras from a federal courtroom where the constitutionality of California's ban on same-sex marriage is currently being decided. It was a loathsome decision, instigated by whiny Prop 8 proponents who didn't want their faces shown as they testified about destroying equality for others.
Although bloggers have been diligently documenting the event, in this case written words lack the immediacy of live coverage, and the public's right to witness a historic moment was buried by conservative jurists. But now we'll at least be allowed to see a reenactment of the trial, thanks to Los Angeles freelance journalist and filmmaker John Ireland. Carlos Santoscoy reports for On Top Magazine that Ireland is producing his own version of the proceedings which will be posted on YouTube, the first installment as early as tomorrow:"People want to see this drama unfold and there is a tremendous narrative that was propelled by that first day of testimony,” Ireland told On Top Magazine on Sunday. “This is the first time that gay and lesbian people have talked about their lives in federal court. It's historic from that point of view."
Ireland said he's basing his storytelling on the accounts of bloggers present at the trial that started last Monday in a San Francisco courtroom. "I don't think you have to be gay or lesbian to see that there is a tremendous human story being told but so few people are actually hearing it," Ireland said.
After casting the trial's main characters, filming began over the weekend. Opening day of the trial is "in the can" and likely to debut on YouTube on Tuesday, with daily updates starting on Wednesday, the Los Angeles-based filmmaker said. "We've been in a fast and furious process of auditioning yesterday, confirming and booking last night, late into the night, and this morning at 9:30 we were all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and started filming," he said.
Let's see those assholes sitting on the Supreme Court block that. (Pictured: John Ireland)
UPDATE: The YouTube broadcast has been moved up to Wednesday or Thursday. Here's the link.