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Prop 8 Proponents Ask Supreme Court to Block Camera Coverage

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The Day of Decision Protest in Hollywood on May 26 (more photos here) | Photo by Tom Andrews/LAist

After losing the bid to block cameras from the Prop 8 trial twice, supporters of the measure that banned gay marriage in California have submitted a last-minute emergency application to the Supreme Court asking Justice Kennedy to the decision.

Supporters said allowing cameras in the courtroom would violate federal court rules and would intimidate witnesses called to the stand. Perhaps in an effort to demonstrate that intimidation, one of the defendent-interveners, William Tam, yesterday filed a motion (.pdf) to withdraw from the case, citing fear for his life.

"The first reason is because I am fearful for my personal safety and the safety of my family," Tam wrote in the motion. "In the past I have received threats on my life, had my property vandalized and am recognized on the streets due to my association with Proposition 8. Now that the subject lawsuit is going to trial, I fear that I will get more publicity, be more recognizable and that the risk of harm to me and my family will increase."