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We Need an Open Debate on Prop 8

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled to extend a ban on releasing the footage of Proposition 8 trial currently taking place in San Francisco to the public. The ruling, written by the court's five conservative justices, stated that defenders of the ban on same-sex marriage ban would face "irreparable harm" if the footage from the trial was accessible to the public.

The greater harm to the public, however, is keeping from them the facts on how homophobia has fueled the testimonies of the defense's witnesses. The public deserves to see the true face of intolerance and prejudice behind Proposition 8.

Yesterday's court decision is yet another unjust ruling in the fight for equal rights for all people, regardless of their sexual orientation.

The Supreme Court should be committed to transparency and openness, especially on a case with such real, human, potentially painful implications. It is incumbent upon the courts to right this wrong as well as grant equal rights to all Californians - and all Americans - to marry.