The Christian Right lost — for now — a second battle today when U.S. District Court Judge James Ware denied the groups’ demand that the government force trial participants to surrender video footage of the trial in which California’s antigay, antifamily Proposition 8 was overturned.

The loss occurred on a technicality: Quite simply, the parties who now possess the footage may hold onto the footage for as long as the Christian Right keeps prolonging the original trial via appeals such as this one.

Since the original trial began, the Christian Right alliance — operating under the banner — has sought to suppress eventual broadcast of the trial, claiming that that Christian Rightists would suffer “harassment” (embarrassment) if its witnesses’ statements became public.

The censorship dispute isn’t over: The court will hear arguments August 29 into whether the Protective Order against the video footage may be lifted.