Larry discusses the legalities of the hearing on the constitutionality of the ban on same-sex marriage, scheduled in San Francisco’s Superior Court on December 22nd. He speaks with San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom about his decision to allow marriage licenses to be issued to same-sex couples, and the legal and political ramifications of that decision. Larry also talks with Louis Mauro, Deputy Attorney General; Shannon Minter, legal director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights; and Randy Thomasson, Executive Director of Campaign for California Families. These guests represent parties who have filed briefs that will be heard in the Superior Court the following day.
Assemblyman Mark Leno joins the conversation to discuss AB 19, the “Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act,” introduced in the Assembly on December 6th. Larry also discusses the state of the gay rights movement across the country today, as well as strategies pursued by both gay rights activists and groups interested in protecting traditional marriage. His guests for this discussion are Reverend Lou Sheldon, Chairman of the Traditional Values Coalition and Geoff Kors, Executive Director of Equality California.