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Passed in 2008, Proposition 8 declared that marriage could only occur between a man and a woman. Fifty-two percent of the voters approved it. Now a federal court says Prop 8 violates the equal protection clause of the federal constitution. Prop 8 supporters have already asked the judge to stay his ruling so they can appeal, a process that could take years and go all the way to the US Supreme Court. We hear from both sides and from a pollster who says that if they had to choose now, California voters might well act differently. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the coming November elections may be dominated by a combination of money and secrecy. Will the Democrats be able to hang on to control of the Congress?

Banner image: Lawyers David Boies (L) and Theodore Olson celebrate the ruling to overturn Proposition 8 during a rally on August 4, 2010 in West Hollywood, California. Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Main Topic A Federal Court Rules that California’s Prop 8 is Unconstitutional 26 MIN, 3 SEC

First, Proposition 8 was passed by California voters in 2008 after the State Supreme Court had legalized same-sex marriage. That same court then upheld, Prop 8, which says that marriage can occur only between a man and a woman. Opponents then filed suit in federal court in San Francisco, claiming Prop 8 violates the federal constitution.  Today Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that the plaintiffs are right.

Evan Gerstmann, Chair of Political Science, Loyola Marymount University
Rick Jacobs, Courage Campaign (@rickjacobs)
Jordan Lorence, Senior Counsel, Alliance Defense Fund
Robert Jones, Public Religion Research Institute (@robertpjones)

Main Topic Big Money, Secrecy and Control of the Congress 26 MIN, 55 SEC

For months, the Tea Party movement has dominated political news but, with a few exceptions, its candidates have not done very well. That trend continued yesterday in primary results from Michigan, Missouri and Kansas. The 800-pound gorilla in November's final elections will be unlimited campaign spending by corporations and unions, legalized by the US Supreme Court's ruling this January in the Citizens United case.

Tom Hamburger, Washington Post (@thamburger)
Rick Hasen, University of California, Irvine (@rickhasen)
David Keating, Club for Growth (@campaignfreedom)
Tara Malloy, Campaign Legal Center (@CampaignLegal)

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Tom Hamburger

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