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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Prop. 8 TV Parties? Sounds Like a Plan.

Posted By on Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 12:30 PM

click to enlarge Perfect spread for a C-SPAN party
  • Perfect spread for a C-SPAN party

So, the revolution will not be televised. But the revolutionary gay marriage trial will be. The 9th District Court of Appeals hearing of the Proposition 8 trial will be broadcast live on C-SPAN -- mark your calendars for 10 a.m. on Dec. 6.

Will there be Super Bowl-type watching parties for the Super Bowl of same-sex marriage trials? The answer at this point: A definite maybe.

Rebecca Rolfe, the executive director of the LGBT Center on Market Street, says that if several hundred people want to walk in at 10 a.m. on a Monday, they could be accommodated.

"If folks are interested, I'm happy to look at opening the center for a viewing party," she says.

Those hoping to take in the hearing in a bar may be less welcome. Bartender Derek Phillips at Harvey's on Castro notes that 10 a.m. may be a prime hour for jurisprudence, but not for commerce. His bar opens at 11. "If people come in here, we'll have it on," he says. "But I wouldn't expect a crowd specifically for that."

Meanwhile, The Mix is open for business at 6 a.m. -- and early morning tipplers may demand their dose of Court TV.

"I'm sure as the day gets closer after Thanksgiving, there'll be more buzz," said bartender Sloane Sandy. "We open at 6 and people will be here anyway. There's going to be some competition between the Food Network and C-SPAN."

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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