John M. Becker

Decision Day Video Highlights

Filed By John M. Becker | June 28, 2013 11:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality
Tags: Barack Obama, DOMA, gay marriage, marriage equality, Michele Bachmann, Nancy Pelosi, Prop 8, Prop. 8, same-sex marriage, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

Supreme CourtMaybe it's just me, but I'm still riding high from this week's historic Supreme Court decisions overturning DOMA and striking down Proposition 8.

In that spirit, I thought I'd share just a couple videos from Decision Day. I'm sure many readers have already seen them, but they may have gotten lost in the initial onslaught of SCOTUS coverage, so I suspect they'll be new to many of you.

First, here's Proposition 8 plaintiff Paul Katami, who on Wednesday was finally able to propose to his longtime partner (and fellow Prop 8 plaintiff) Jeff Zarrillo.

As you'll see, he didn't waste any time:

Two more videos are after the jump.

My next highlight comes from the other Proposition 8 plaintiffs, Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, and Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin.

The anti-Prop 8 team received a call from the Leader of the Free World smack dab in the middle of an interview with MSNBC's Thomas Roberts, and they took the call live on national television.

No matter where you are, when the President calls, you don't keep him waiting!

This final video is my personal favorite. On Wednesday, both the pro-equality and pro-discrimination factions in Congress held press conferences to respectively laud and condemn the Supreme Court decisions on DOMA and Prop 8.

Predictably, Minnesota Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann -- everybody's favorite gaffe-prone Tea Party extremist -- released a hand-wringing statement in which she claimed that striking down DOMA violated the "clear will" of the American people, consistent polling to the contrary notwithstanding. Bachmann also asserted that "not even [the] Supreme Court can undo what a holy God has instituted."

At the pro-equality press conference, a reporter asked House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi for her response to Bachmann's remarks. Pelosi's two-word response was one of the most deliciously honest and drippingly dismissive political moments I've seen in a long time.


Enjoy the last weekend of Pride Month, everyone!

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