Proposition 8 Overturned; One California Couple Celebrates

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Same-sex couple Shelly Bailes (L) and Ellen Pontac celebrate the ruling to overturn the ban on gay marriage outside of the Philip Burton Federal building August 4, 2010 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty)

The fight for same-sex marriage in California has been a long one. In 2004, Gavin Newsom surprised the state by opening marriage licenses to all couples, gay or straight. It was quickly shut down, but it opened up a flood of lawsuits. In June 2008, the California Supreme Court overturned the same-sex marriage ban. However, just a few months after, on November 8, a ballot measure called proposition 8 was passed by 52 percent of voters, and it officially defined marriage in California as between a man and a woman. 

John Lewis and Stuart Gaffney have been there for all of it. They've been together for over 20 years - and they've been married twice in the state of California. They were on the steps of the federal building as the ballot measure was overturned, and they celebrated all night. They join us to share their story.

Guests:

Stuart Gaffney and John Lewis

Produced by:

Posey Gruener

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