U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Bans on Same-Sex Marriage

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On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court made history by ruling that the Constitution guarantees the right to same-sex marriage nationwide. Gay men and women "ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law," wrote Justice Anthony Kennedy in the majority opinion. "The Constitution grants them that right." San Franciscans waving rainbow flags outside City Hall tearfully hugged each other after hearing the news, which came right before the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade weekend. We discuss the 5-4 decision and what this means for the country.


David Levine, professor at UC Hastings College of the Law

Gavin Newsom, lieutenant governor of California

Scott Shafer, host and reporter for the California Report and senior correspondent for KQED Newsroom

Susan Belinda Christian, former co-chair of the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club in San Francisco and president of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission

Gary Virginia, president of San Francisco Pride's Board of Directors

Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage