Advocates and opponents of marriage equality rallied at the steps of the Supreme Court on Tuesday morning, as the nine justices heard arguments about California’s Proposition 8 — a 2008 voter-approved initiative that prohibits gay and lesbian couples from marrying. The hearing comes on the heels of growing public support for same-sex marriage and marks the first time the nation’s highest court considered the issue.
But unfortunately, viewers of Fox News may have missed the story. The conservative news network largely ignored the historic hearing for most of the morning, choosing instead to focus on the developments in the Amanda Knox case.
A ThinkProgress analysis of Fox programming from 6:00 AM to 3:00 PM found that the network devoted more than twice as much time (41 minutes) covering the Italian Supreme Court overturning the acquittal of Knox than it did to the ongoing public protests and hearings going on at home (19 minutes):
Fox News has a habit of ignoring pro-LGBT news that does not appeal to the conservative base. For instance, the network downplayed Sen. Rob Portman’s (R-OH) embrace of marriage equality, offered slim coverage to the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and the passage of New York’s historic same-sex marriage law.
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will consider the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, a 1996 law that prevents the federal government from recognizing same-sex unions.
*A TV Eyes search of CNN and MSNBC reveals that both networks devoted more coverage to marriage equality than they did to Knox.