Tuesday, May 20, 2008
In 1986 the voters of California overwhelmingly voted to remove State Supreme Court Chief Justice Rose Bird from office because she refused to impose the death penalty.
Twenty-two years later, Court Chief Justice Ronald George wrote the opinion for the 4-3 majority opinion allowing same-sex marriage in California . The ruling overturned a ballot measure approved by 60% of voters.
We're joined on Morning Edition by Independent Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy.