The Political Implications of Gay Marriage in California

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The Massachusetts Supreme Court has ruled that civil unions are separate but not equal, so that state's constitution requires that gay and lesbian couples must be allowed to marry. That ruling will have national repercussions in this year's presidential campaign and in many other states, including California. We hear more about what today's ruling could mean for John Kerry's run for the White House and for California from Democratic Assemblyman Mark Leno, who will introduce civil marriage legislation next week, and former Republican consultant Tony Quinn, co-editor of the most authoritative handbook on California-s legislative and congressional districts.
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Massachusetts Supreme Court decision on legality of civil unions

Goodridge v Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Defense of Marriage Act of 1996

California Proposition 22 (2000)

Leno on his civil marriage legislation



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