The U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4, with conservatives in the majority, to block you from watching the challenge to California's ban on same sex marriage in a U.S. district court in San Francisco.

The judge in the trial had proposed allowing streaming the proceedings via YouTube, but the backers of the marriage ban, Prop. 8, argued that having their testimony and likenesses spread all over the web could make them targets of extremists.

The trial pits civil-rights-minded plaintiffs, at least one of whom is from the Los Angeles area, against conservative backers who have argued that the bible and Christianity have dictated that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.

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