Same-Sex Marriage in California
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California voters banned same-sex marriage with Proposition 8 back in 2008. Since then, it's been off-again, on-again in state and federal courts, and today the US Supreme Court effectively ruled that gays and lesbians can wed legally in this state. We hear how soon that might happen, what it could mean for various same-sex couples and where public opinion stands now.
On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, two different five-vote Supreme Court majorities made rulings today that advance the cause of same-sex marriage in the United States. The Defense of Marriage Act, which recognizes only heterosexual marriage, was held to be unconstitutional. Controversy continues, but both sides agree on one thing: traditional marriage is changing fast.
Banner image: Street celebration on the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Crescent Heights in West Hollywood. Photos: Saul Gonzalez
In 2008, voters passed Proposition 8, enacting a ban on same-sex marriage. A federal district court overturned the measure, and then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown refused to defend it. It was the proposition's supporters who took it up to the US Supreme Court, but it ruled today they lacked "standing." That means the district court ruling remains in effect. This morning, current Attorney General, Kamela Harris, told a press conference, "The wedding bells will ring."
- Tara Borelli: Lambda Legal, @LambdaLegal
- Miguel Topete-Hernandez: domestic partner of Cesar Hernandez-Topete
- Eric Manriquez: husband of Juan Rivera
- Alice Hermann: gay rights movement
- Doug Napier: Alliance Defending Freedom, @AllianceDefends
- Sonja Petek: Public Policy Institute of California, @PPICnotes
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