Watch: San Francisco Celebrates Proposition 8 and Defense of Marriage Act Decisions

Hundreds gathered at San Francisco’s City Hall this morning to witness announcements of the Supreme Court’s historic rulings which overturned California’s Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act. Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in California in 2008, began its path to the Supreme Court with the help of San Francisco city attorneys. On August 19, 2009 the City and County of San Francisco joined as coplaintiffs challenging the Prop 8 ballot measure. Watch as city officials greet the crowd and gay couples celebrate their renewed right to marry in California.

Note: There were audio recording issues during the final interview, most likely caused by jubilant celebration.

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