The Supreme Court on Monday ordered the federal judge hearing the Proposition 8 trial to confine the real-time streaming of the trial to rooms within the confines of the courthouse.

The temporary stay of Judge Vaughn Walker’s plan to record the trial and post it on YouTube is in effect until Wednesday at 4 p.m. (EST). The Court said this would permit further consideration by the justices of what has become a very controversial issue. Justice Stephen Breyer dissented saying that the stay prohibits the transmission of the trial proceedings to other federal courthouses. “In my view, the Court’s standard for granting a stay is not met. In particular, the papers filed, in my view, do not show a likelihood of ‘irreparable harm.’” Breyer added that he was pleased that the stay is time limited because he agreed that further consideration is warranted.

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