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15 Years Ago, Prop 8 Banned Gay Marriage in California. What Do You Remember?

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A couple celebrates upon hearing the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings on gay marriage in City Hall June 26, 2013 in San Francisco, CA. (Justin Sullivan via Getty Images)

Proposition 8 passed 15 years ago this month, banning same-gender marriage in California. Two couples — one lesbian, one gay — sued to overturn the proposition and succeeded, with gay marriage made legal in California in 2013. The trial was videotaped, but those tapes didn’t become public until last year. That inspired KQED reporters Scott Shafer and Carlos Cabrera-Lomeli to invite those two couples to watch their testimony and reflect on how much LGBTQ rights have changed — and how far we’ve yet to go. We’ll talk with them and with plaintiffs Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, and we’ll hear from you: What do you remember from Prop 8?


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Carlos Cabrera-Lomeli, community engagement reporter, KQED

Scott Shafer, senior editor, KQED’s California Politics and Government desk; co-host, Political Breakdown

Kristin (Kris) Perry, plaintiff, Perry vs. Schwarzenegger

Sandy Stier, plaintiff, Perry vs. Schwarzenegger

Vaughn Walker, retired United States district judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California from 1989 to 2011; presided over Perry v. Schwarzenegger


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