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Sunday is the One Year Anniversary of the Legalization of Gay Marriage!

One Year Anniversary of the Legalization of Gay Marriage

The legalization of gay marriage hits its one-year anniversary this weekend.

It may be difficult to believe, but it’s already been a year since the Supreme Court finally legalized gay marriage.  Americans have enjoyed nearly 365 days since they were granted the freedom to marry based on love, not on sexual orientation.

On Friday, June 26th, 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that people could marry regardless of gender or sexual orientation. After a decades-long, nationwide fight for gay rights, the justices said that the 14th Amendment legally requires states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

A little over four months later, the L.A. Times reported that nearly 100,000 same-sex couples had married. Many of those newlyweds had lived through the decriminalization of homosexuality in the US during their lifetimes, but never thought we could come so far. Fortunately, a lot of people did – and they fought tirelessly for it! This weekend, we commemorate greater equality for all.

If you happen to live in California, we had a ballot measure, Prop 8, that was designed to define that marriage was between a man and a woman.  Prop 8 passed by a 61% majority of voters.  On November 4, 2008, voters approved the measure and made same-sex marriage illegal in California. On Wednesday, August 4, 2010, a federal judge ruled that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional under the U.S. Constitution and barred its enforcement.

Proposition 8, before it was declared null and void by the federal courts, created a new amendment to the California Constitution which said, “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” Before it passed, same-sex marriage was a constitutionally-protected right in California; a majority of the justices of the California Supreme Court affirmed this understanding of the constitution in May 2008.

The campaign over Proposition 8 was fiercely contested. In the aftermath of the vote, an intense focus on Proposition 8 continued with protests around the country and litigation focusing on many aspects of the initiative and campaign finance. Three lawsuits seeking to invalidate Proposition 8 were filed soon after the election; on November 19, the California Supreme Court announced it would consider these lawsuits.

The Maria Sanchez Show is excited to celebrate this historic ruling this weekend! We’ll talk about important social issues like this on our new program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown, so don’t miss it! It airs on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

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