The same-sex marriage trial in San Francisco last month broke ground not only as the first federal trial of its kind, but also in generating a new level of Internet media coverage.
The 12-day trial on the constitutionality of California's same-sex marriage ban was reported on in dozens of live blogs and Twitter feeds and on Facebook as well as in conventional radio, television and newspapers.
Most recently, two Los Angeles filmmakers have begun creating a full re-enactment of the trial on video that is now being posted on YouTube.
Producers John Ireland and John Ainsworth said Tuesday they don't know of any other example of a full trial of that length being recreated on video and then broadcast.
The two men are using official transcripts of the trial and a cast of more than 40 volunteer professional actors to replicate the entire proceeding.
A first installment is now posted on their Web site, Marriagetrial.com, and on YouTube, and they expect new episodes to follow every two or three days.
The producers said they thought of the project after the U.S. Supreme Court by a 5-4 vote blocked a plan by U.S. District Vaughn Walker to allow videotaping and delayed posting on YouTube of the actual trial.
Ainsworth said, "I wanted to know what was going on in the courtroom. When the Supreme Court blocked that, it frustrated me."
The two men support gay marriage, but said they are seeking to portray witnesses on both sides accurately and follow all details of the trial, including sometimes-tedious entering of documents into evidence.
The trial was on a lawsuit in which a lesbian couple from Berkeley and a gay couple from Burbank claim California's marriage ban violates their federal constitutional rights to due process and equal treatment.