Capitol Alert video: Gavin Newsom calls DOMA, Prop. 8 decisions 'historic'

agebert@sacbee.comJune 26, 2013 

Supreme Court Gay Marriage

Gay rights advocates acknowledge California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom during a celebration at San Francisco's City Hall on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, shortly after a Supreme Court decision cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California. As mayor of San Francisco in 2004, Newsom ordered city clerks to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

NOAH BERGER — AP

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom addressed reporters Wednesday afternoon in his Sacramento office and expressed his elation over the U.S. Supreme Court rulings on DOMA and Proposition 8, calling it "a profound day, and a historic day."

When Newsom was mayor of San Francisco, he made headlines in 2004 by telling city clerks to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. About 4,000 couples were issued licenses before the California Supreme Court ordered the city to stop. Wednesday, he called the Supreme Court decisions a bookmark to those actions in 2004.

"The great thing about what happened today was not a legal brief that was filed and oral arguments that were made and the Supreme Court adjudicating on equality," Newsom said, adding that it was "the human element" that underlay it all, "the narrative of people's lives, these lives that were affirmed and now are celebrated."

VIDEO: Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom talks to reporters in Sacramento on Wednesday, June 26, 2013. The Sacramento Bee/ Amy Gebert

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