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Commonwealth Club Thought Leaders on Prop 8

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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. Read more »

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Immigration in the Post-Vargas Age: An Interview with Immigration Attorney Lavi Soloway

By John Zipperer
Vice President of Media & Editorial, The Commonwealth Club of California
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Navy Flip-Flopping on Marriage?

By James Dohnert

Navy officials recently changed course on guidance that would have allowed for same-sex marriages on military bases. In a memo last month, Chief of Chaplains Rear Admiral M.L. Tidd outlined guidance that would have allowed for gay and lesbian marriage ceremonies to be held in Naval facilities in states that allow same-sex unions. But the Navy suspended movement on the matter after critics warned that the plan would have violated the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Read more »

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