5 Great Videos From This Historic Marriage Equality Week

This week history was made as, for the first time, the Supreme Court of the United States took up two separate marriage equality cases, a challenge to Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act.

Here are five videos from this week that you won’t want to miss.


1) Watch Thousands of People Rally for Marriage Equality Outside the SCOTUS

Advocates across the world turned their social media images red this week to support marriage equality, and many people expressed how much they would have loved to go to the marriage equality rally outside the SCOTUS in Washington, DC. Well, here’s a beautiful little video of one such rally. It’s not quite the same, but it might be the next best thing:


2) Bill O’Reilly Backs Marriage Equality–Say What?

Fox stalwart Bill O’ Reilly, who in the past has compared gay marriage to bestiality, surprised many this week when he said he wasn’t really that bothered about gay marriage and that he “wants all Americans to be happy.” Even more interesting, he called out marriage equality opponents for having nothing on their side other than bible thumping.

Watch below:


3) Prop 8 Plaintiffs Reflect on Their Day In Court

Proposition 8 attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies and the Proposition 8 plaintiffs Sandy Stier and her partner Kris Perry, and Paul Katami and his partner Jeffrey Zarrillo took time to reflect Tuesday on the Supreme Court hearing into the constitutionality of Proposition 8. Here’s the video:

Check out our full overview of the Proposition 8 hearing here.


4) Justice Kegan Slaps Down House Lawyers on the Prejudice Behind DOMA

The following is audio-only, but it is more than worth it to hear House attorney Paul Clement pause in surprise when Justice Kegan reads from House documents that betray the homophobia that went into passing DOMA:

Justice Kegan went on to say that while the House’s motivation wasn’t the only factor the justices would weigh, that the House had specifically noted they wished to use DOMA to voice their moral disapproval of gay people would raise a “red flag.”


5) Superstar Edith Windsor Says the Hearing Went “Beautifully”

Undoubtedly the superstar of the week is Edith Windsor, the 83-year-old who took DOMA all the way to the Supreme Court. Here is Edith after Wednesday’s DOMA arguments, giving a good demonstration of the chutzpah that has powered this case:



For a full round-up of Wednesday’s DOMA hearing, click here.


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Eternal Gardener
Eternal G4 years ago


Lynn Squance
Lynn Squance4 years ago

The outcome must be justice!

Tish Levee
Tish Levee4 years ago

The times they are a'changing. Even Bill Reilly is getting on board. Thanks for sharing these.

Shannon Moody
Shannon Moody4 years ago

Cool, nice to see marriage equality actually becoming equal. It wasn't that long ago that inter-racial marriages were illegal too.

Aud Nordby
Aud n4 years ago


Sonali Ghosh
Sonali G4 years ago

..And by the way, marriage is NOT all about breeding asit has always been dictated to us. Some of us women have better things to do with our time!!!

Dennis Velco
Dennis Velco4 years ago

@Jean-Jacques B.

1. a person born of unmarried parents; an illegitimate child.

By your own statement... then don't you believe that the Homosexuals fighting for marriage is then in the interests of the children? After all then by definition, if the homosexual parents are married the children are no longer bastards.

But based on your comment I believe you to be selfly against Same Sex Marriage... Am I right? I'm sure I am. Thus it is you who desire children to be bastards, not the homosexuals.

Shanti S.
S S4 years ago

Thank you.

Activist Inspireharmony

The film captures all the nuance of what may be the defining chapter in the history of the gay and lesbian struggle for equal rights.

Natasha Salgado
Past Member 4 years ago