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Prop. 8 Backers Seek Delay In Trial Video Release

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Same-sex couple Molly McKay (R) and Davina Kotulski (L) after they staged a sit-in protest when same-sex couples were denied marriage licenses from the San Francisco county clerk in February, 2011. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Same-sex couple Molly McKay (R) and Davina Kotulski (L) after they staged a sit-in protest when same-sex couples were denied marriage licenses from the San Francisco county clerk in February, 2011. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS / AP) — The sponsors of California’s same-sex marriage want a federal judge in San Francisco to put the brakes on unsealing video recordings of last year’s high-profile trial on the constitutionality of voter-approved Proposition 8.

Lawyers for the coalition of religious and conservative groups that qualified the ban for the November 2008 ballot asked U.S. District Chief Judge James Ware late Friday to stay his decision to make the recordings public on at the end of the month.

They say they want an appeals court to review Ware’s decision and that if the judge sticks with his original timetable, the recordings will be disseminated before that can happen.

Ware ruled Monday that the public has a right to access the recordings just like any other court record even though the judge who presided at the trial said they were for his own personal use.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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