Kenji Yoshino discusses California same-sex marriage ruling on Charlie Rose

Kenji YoshinoKenji Yoshino, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law, appeared on PBS's Charlie Rose on August 5 to discuss the much-anticipated opinion in Perry v. Schwarzenegger. The case, decided in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, overturned Proposition 8, the amendment to the California state constitution banning same-sex marriage. The case was argued by David Boies (LL.M. '67) and Theodore Olson, who is on the Dwight D. Opperman Institute of Judicial Administration's board of directors.

In a wide-ranging interview that also included New York Times reporters Jesse McKinley and Jeff Zeleny, Yoshino discussed the ramifications of the decision and the increasing support in the U.S. and elsewhere for same-sex marriage. "We can tell a kind of Whiggish, progressive account of the history of same-sex marriage here," Yoshino said. "Fifty years from now we will look back on this in exactly the same way that we look back on interracial marriage and anti-miscegenation laws."

Posted on August 10, 2010