The backers of Proposition 8 have filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court requesing a stay in the broadcast of trial set to begin Monday morning.

The American Foundation for Equal rights responded:

"In a last gasp attempt to keep cameras out of court, the Defendant-Intervenors in Perry v. Schwarzenegger have made an emergency application to the Supreme Court asking Justice Kennedy to block camera coverage.We have been asked to file a response by 12:00 Eastern on Sunday, January 10.

Those who want to ban gay marriage spent millions of dollars to reach the public with misleading ads, rallies and news conferences during the campaign to pass Prop. 8.  We are curious why they now fear the publicity they once craved," said Chad Griffin, Board President of the American Foundation for Equal Rights. "Apparently transparency is their enemy, but the people deserve to know exactly what it is they have to hide."