Stories From This Week's Episode
March 22, 2013
More than four years after California voters approved Proposition 8, the state's ban on same sex marriage gets a full hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, March 26th. The high court will also hear oral arguments for and against the Defense of Marriage Act, known as DOMA. This comes as recent polls show a significant jump in support for same-sex marriage. The political climate has also shifted. President Obama and some prominent Republicans have recently voiced support for gay marriage. We look back at the series of events leading to this historical moment.
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom recalls his controversial decision as mayor of San Francisco to grant marriage licenses to gay couples in 2004. His actions helped to energize supporters of traditional marriage.
Attorney Andrew Pugno, General Counsel for Protect Marriage.com -- sponsors of Proposition 8 -- talks about the legal defense he is helping to present to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Legal experts explain what issues are before the high court, and how the possible outcomes could have an impact in California and beyond.
- Vik Amar, UC Davis School of Law
- Jane Schacter, Stanford Law School
Newsom discusses Americans' changing attitudes on same-sex marriage, including those of his father and grandfather.
Also on KQED.org this week ...
Drought Watch 2015: Record-Low Sierra Snowpack
The Sierra Nevada snowpack, which typically supplies nearly a third of California's water, is showing the lowest water content on record: 6 percent of the long-term average for April 1. That shatters last year's low-water mark of 25 percent (tied with 1977).
"Boomtown" History of the San Francisco Bay Area
KQED's "Boomtown" series will seek to identify what is happening in real time in the current boom, and also draw out the causes and possible solutions to the conflicts and pressures between the old and the new.