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March 22, 2013

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Proposition 8 Path to U.S. Supreme Court

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.

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Newsmaker Interview: Gavin Newsom

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.

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Newsmaker Interview: Andrew Pugno

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.

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Legal Analysis

Legal experts explain what issues are before the high court, and how the possible outcomes could have an impact in California and beyond.

Guests:

  • Vik Amar, UC Davis School of Law
  • Jane Schacter, Stanford Law School
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Web Extra: Gavin Newsom

Newsom discusses Americans' changing attitudes on same-sex marriage, including those of his father and grandfather.

 

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