Mike Koozmin/The S.F. ExaminerAs mayor in 2004

In February 2004, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, then mayor of San Francisco, started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in City Hall in defiance of state law. Those marriages sparked a national debate, court battles, a state proposition and most recently a Supreme Court decision in their favor. Ten years later, Newsom spoke with The San Francisco Examiner reflecting on his part in the fight for same-sex marriage and what still needs to be done.

Q: What was the impetus to start marrying same-sex couples at City Hall?

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