America Comes Out of the Closet

  • Aired:  06/27/13
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Anthony Kennedy becomes the father of Constitutional gay rights, and Antonin Scalia employs obscure legal jargon. (2:26)

>> BUT WE START TONIGHT WITH

THE SUPREME COURT, LANDMARK

RULINGS YESTERDAY, STRIKING

DOWN PART OF THE DEFENSE OF

MARRIAGE ACT AND PROP 8 IN

CALIFORNIA.

A HUGE DAY!

A HUGE DAY FOR CIVIL RIGHTS

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> AND ALL OF THIS IS THE

SUBJECT OF TONIGHT'S SPECIAL

REPORT.

>> YES, YESTERDAY AMERICA

TOOK A GIANT BOLD LEAP INTO

THE PRESENT.

AND IT WAS A 5-4 DECISION

WITH ONE JUDGE IN PARTICULAR

MAKING THE DIFFERENCE.

>> THE IMPORTANCE OF ANTHONY

KENNEDY CANNOT BE

OVERSTATED.

>> THERE HAVE ONLY BEEN

THREE GAY RIGHTS, MAJOR GAY

RIGHTS DECISIONS IN THE

HISTORY OF THE SUPREME

COURT.

>> ALL THREE OF THOSE CASES

WERE WRITTEN BY ANTHONY

KENNEDY.

HE WILL GO DOWN IN HISTORY

AS IN ESSENCE THE FATHER OF

CONSTITUTIONAL GAY RIGHTS.

>> YEAH, AND THE GOOD KIND

OF FATHER OF SOMETHING GAY.

NOT THE KIND OF FATHER WHO

INSISTS YOU THROW A FOOTBALL

WITH HIM AND IT WOULD NEVER

COME TO A SINGLE ONE OF YOUR

SHOW CHOIR PERFORMANCES.

YOU MIGHT NOT THINK IT'S

IMPORTANT, DAD, BUT IT'S

IMPORTANT TO ME!

OF COURSE-- OF COURSE.

NOT EVERY ONE WAS HAPPY WITH

THIS DECISION.

BUT SOMEONE WAS EXACTLY AS

UNHAPPY WITH IT AS YOU WOULD

IMAGINE.

SCALIA.

THE JUSTICE WHOSE NAME MOST

RESEMBLES A G.I. JOE VILLEAN.

>> HE SAID THE COURT A

OPINION TALKING ABOUT THE

ONE STRIKING DOWN DOMA

SPRINGS FROM THE SAME

DISEASED ROOT AND EXALTED

NOTION OF THE ROLE OF THIS

COURT IN AMERICAN DEMOCRATIC

SOCIETY.

>> HE CALLED IT LEGALLISTIC

ARGLE FARGEL?

>> WHOA, WHOA, ARGLE FARGEL

IS A LITTLE HAR BE, ISN'T

IT?

OR IS IT?

I DONE KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS.

THESE SUPREME COURT SCHOLARS

ARE GOING TO HAVE A TOUGH

TIME INTERPRETING THAT IN

THE FUTURE.

IT COULD MEAN IT'S ANGRY T

COULD MEAN HE'S CHOKING ON A

PEN TOP.

IT COULD MEAN HE WAS SCUBA

DIVING AT THE TIME AND

TRYING TO COMMUNICATE VIA

SONAR.

ARGLE FARGEL.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

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