Kenji Yoshino Talks About Prop 8 On The Rachel Maddow Show
Yoshino, who is currently writing a book that documents the Prop 8 litigation, explained that the verdicts for each case have different implications for the future of same-sex marriage. Prop 8 is a ballot initiative passed in California that outlawed gay marriage, and DOMA is an amendment signed into law by Bill Clinton stating that marriage is between a man and a woman. The Supreme Court will soon be ruling on the constitutionality of each case, and will decide whether the laws will remain the same or be dramatically altered. Yoshino says that he believes both DOMA and Prop 8 will be won in favor of gay rights. According to him, Prop 8 will be a "sleeper winner" because it is linked to a trial, which, historically, has favored well for gay rights. He explains that it's a good day for civil rights advocates as the potential changes these two cases could cause would dramatically change the country forever.