SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) predicted a high court victory for same-sex marriage, signaled the passage of immigration reform efforts soon and promised a tough fight to ensure a federal background check is required for all gun purchases.
Pelosi’s wide-ranging remarks Thursday came during an hour-long CBS San Francisco editorial board meeting, and in subsequent on-air interviews with KPIX 5 and KCBS All News 740 AM & FM 106.9. The editorial board meeting is typically an off-the-record conversation with politicians and newsmakers, but Pelosi volunteered to engage in an on-the-record exchange with the panel.
Her appearance came a short time after President Barack Obama spoke at the White House with rows of grieving mothers behind him and publicly implored Congress to pass gun-reform legislation 100 days after the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.
“If Congress cannot pass that, shame on us,” Pelosi said. “We cannot allow the status quo to exist – we must show that we have a conscious. It’s our first responsibility to keep Americans safe.”