Commonwealth Club Thought Leaders on Prop 8
By Mehroz Baig
Over the past few years, The Commonwealth Club of California has hosted a number of experts who’ve discussed Prop 8 and its repercussions. Take a look at what they had to say and what they predicted as Prop 8 made its way up to the Supreme Court:
• Retired Chief U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of California Vaughn Walker, who first struck down Prop 8 in California. He spoke at the Club in April 2012, after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld his earlier decision.
• Theodore B. Olson, a partner with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and a former U.S. solicitor general (2001-2004) talks about his experience challenging Prop 8 in federal court. Olson has argued 58 cases in the Supreme Court, and in 2009 he teamed up with his sometimes Democratic adversary David Boies to challenge California’s Prop 8.
Listen to the full program online.
• Civil rights attorney, Frederick Hertz, on same-sex marriage laws—listen to his thoughts online.
• Molly McKay, the media director for Marriage Equality USA; Jennifer Morse, president and founder of Ruth Institute at the National Organization for Marriage; and Therese Stewart, chief deputy city attorney for San Francisco and attorney for the plaintiffs in the court case challenging Prop. 8; and Kevin Snider, chief counsel for Pacific Justice Institute. In this video, they discuss the legal issues that federal and state courts are encountered with Prop 8 and the appeals filed against it: