Same Sex Marriage



Rob Reiner: 'Supreme Court Will Approve Gay Marriage'

Director of The Princess Bride and When Harry Met Sally Rob Reiner is confident the Supreme Court will rule in favor of same-sex marriage. "From a legal standpoint, there is no argument. How broadly the Supreme Court will rule, that we don't know,"  says Reiner. 

DOMA and Proposition 8

Jeffrey Toobin, author and legal commentator for CNN, Emily Bazelon of Slate, and NYU Law School professor Kenji Yoshino discuss the possible impact of the Supreme Court's ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8.

Prop. 8 Trial: The Legal Future of Same-Sex Marriage

David Boies, one of the high profile lawyers who filed the suit, discusses the Proposition 8 federal trial. Referring to the history of marriage precedents, Boies says the equal protection argument should also apply to legalizing same-sex marriage.

Debate: The Constitutionality of Gay Marriage Bans

A panel debates the constitutionality of the legal restrictions on same-sex marriage, referencing the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Loving v. Virginia, which declared anti-miscegenation laws unconstitutional.

Would the Founding Fathers Have Supported Gay Marriage?

Former United States Solicitor Generals Walter Dellinger and Paul Clement agree that framing-era documents provide no hints as to Constitutional issues around same-sex marriage.

Dellinger adds that the 14th Amendment fundamentally changed the authority of the federal government in the protection of individual rights.

Maggie Gallagher Argues Against Same-Sex Marriage

Maggie Gallagher, president of the National Organization for Marriage, argues same-sex couples should not have the right to get married.

"If we had a powerful marriage culture, gay marriage would make no sense," claims Gallagher. "Because the marriage culture is dramatically weakened, it's plausible to some people."

Cynthia Nixon: Gays Don't Want to Redefine Marriage

"Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon weighs in on the gay marriage debate. "Gay people who want to marry have no desire to redefine marriage in any way," she says. "When women got the vote, they did not redefine voting."

Michael Sandel: If Aristotle Could Debate Gay Marriage

Michael Sandel demonstrates that the ancient methods for deciding justice used by Aristotle reveal themselves in modern issues.

Sandel asks, "What is the purpose of marriage?" He also questions state involvement in personal affairs.

Facing the Opposition: Maine's Marriage Equality Fight

Betsy Smith from Mainers United for Marriage shares what the campaign for marriage equality in Maine feared most from the opposition.

Judge Walker: Prop. 8 and the Future of Same Sex Marriage

Judge Vaughn Walker, retired Chief U.S. District Judge who whose opinion rendered Proposition 8 unconstitutional, forecasts the future of gay marriage. 

Huckabee Rebukes Obama for Stance on Gay Marriage

Possible GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee slams President Obama's decision to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law that bans recognition of gay marriage. "I'm deeply disappointed," says Huckabee. "They are clearly out of sync with the public."

Ted Olson: Getting Republicans to Support Gay Marriage

Ted Olson, longtime conservative lawyer and a former Solicitor General of the United States under President George W. Bush, addresses his status among fellow Republicans now that he has taken on a role as a lead attorney in the case against California's Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in the state.

Gavin Newsom Slams Politicization of Gay Marriage

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom compares the issue of same-sex marriage to racial discrimination and chastises politicians who claim they support equality for all, yet do not support gay marriage.

"How can you argue separate is not equal and then argue that separate is equal, but only if you’re gay," says Newsom.

Rev. Peter Gomes: What Would Jesus Say to Gay Marriage?

Rev. Peter Gomes draws from passages in the Bible to conclude that Jesus would accept gay marriage.

"Jesus approves of any institution that supports fidelity and loyalty while "recreating the kingdom of God between two individuals," Gomes concludes, and same-sex marriage falls within that category.

The Sexuality of Children Raised by Gay Families

Judith Stacey refutes the assumption that children of homosexuals tend to become gay themselves.

Dr. Stacey reports that children of gays are less likely to be exclusively heterosexual -- exhibiting more gender-flexibility -- but are no more likely to be exclusively homosexual.

William Zabel: Americans Ready for Gay Marriage

Lawyer and human rights advocate William Zabel predicts gay marriage will be granted legal protection in the same way as interracial marriage, but at a much quicker pace.

He says if U.S. voters are "ready for an African American president, they can be ready for same sex marriages."

Ted Turner Supports Same-Sex Marriage

Ted Turner says that while same sex marriage is not a personal priority, he believes "you can marry whoever you want many times as you can afford."

However, Turner prioritizes nuclear non-proliferation, global warming, and population control over same sex marriage.

Gay Rights Movement Should Focus on Federal Law

Richard Goldstein argues that the gay rights movement should focus on federal legislation.

In light of the current presidential election, Goldstein remembers how anti-sodomy laws interfered with his travels with his partners in national state parks.

Goldstein asks whether or not these restrictive laws will persist if Barack Obama is elected.

About this series

President Obama has endorsed same-sex marriage, yet at the same time, North Carolina changed its constitution to ban all unions except between a man and a woman. The issue is a contentious one. On one side, those in favor of gay marriage point to the fundamental nature of equal rights and constitutional protections. On the other side, religion, tradition and ethics are the cornerstones of the opposition. With state law becoming a confusing and contradictory mess, the issue has now made its way to the Supreme Court of the United States. 

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