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Advocates Grow Weary as Same-Sex Marriage Bill Remains in Limbo

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

As the New York State legislature slogs through an extended session in Albany, the long wait has taken a toll on the hundreds of advocates who have flooded the capital building in the last weeks and vowed to stay until issues such as same-sex marriage are duked out.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Gay Marriage and the Church

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The New York State Legislature is about to vote on legalizing same sex marriage, and the Catholic Church is lobbying hard against it. Several religious groups are opposed to the bill, but the Catholic Church speaks with a loud and organized voice. Todd Salzman, Chair of the Department of Theology at Creighton University, discusses the theological arguments surrounding the gay marriage debate.

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WNYC News

Skelos: 'Framework' in Place on Issues, But No Agreement on Same-Sex Marriage

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Senate leader Dean Skelos said a "framework" for an agreement on rent control and a statewide property tax cap was reached Tuesday but that gay marriage was not discussed during the meetings with the governor and top Assembly leader.

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WNYC News

Five GOP Senators Who Could Decide Same-Sex Marriage Vote

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

As momentum builds for a vote on gay marriage in the final week of the legislative session, five GOP state Senators are considering a yes vote.  Four formerly undecided senators — three Democrats and one Republican — said on Monday that they would support the bill, and Governor Andrew Cuomo said he plans to introduce the bill by the end of the week.

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The Takeaway

Why Are Americans Changing Their Mind on Gay Marriage?

Monday, June 06, 2011

Since 1996, Gallup has been polling Americans about gay marriage. In the past, the majority of their respondents were opposed to it being legally recognized. But last month, for the first time, the majority of respondents said they were in favor of gay marriage being legalized. Why are Americans changing their minds?

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WNYC News

Gays Protest Jury Duty Over Lack of Equality

Friday, March 11, 2011

It appears that gays protesting for equal rights have a new message: that they can't serve as impartial jurors when called to serve.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

DOMA Done?

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Kenji Yoshino, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at NYU School of Law and author of Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights, reacts to the DOJ's decision to stop defending the Defense Of Marriage Act. 

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President Obama Changes Course on Defense Of Marriage Act

Thursday, February 24, 2011

President Barack Obama declared the Defense Of Marriage Act unconstitutional yesterday, and ordered the Justice Department to no longer defend it. The act, which was signed into law in by President Bill Clinton back in 1996, barred any federal recognition of same-sex marriages. Reactions were split between Democrats and Republicans. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), said, "while Americans want Washington to focus on creating jobs and cutting spending the president will have to explain why he thinks now is the appropriate time to stir up a controversial issue that sharply divides the nation."

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Comments Roundup for October 11th

Monday, October 11, 2010

Buzzing »» Paladino on Gays | Comptroller Debate | ARC Tunnel | Funeral Protests

Mr. Paladino is campaigning for Governor and is expressing his view. This view is one of the things that the electorate will consider on election day. This country, lest we forget, was built in part on free speech. Let Mr. Paladino say what he wants to say. He is entitled to his opinion on this and every other issue. Isn't this exactly what we want to know. how the candidates feel about the issues of the day? Doesn't this help us to decide which candidate is worthy of our vote and which one is not? Why do we cherish the right of free speech and then demonize someone when he exercises his right to speak freely?

-- John from Westchester on Republican candidate Carl Paladino's stance on gay marriage. »» Join the conversation

I initially felt the media was really ganging up on this guy a little unfairly until I read this! This comment is especially hard to digest, given the string of gay teenage suicides surfacing in the news over the past few weeks. This guy is a loose cannon and a gay pride parade is no more disgusting than grown adults binge drinking and causing mayhem on the streets of new york during St. Patrick's day parade. At least drag queens are entertaining.

-- Dan from NY. »» Join the conversation

I agree with Bob's comments that this is not a NJ issue. I think Federal DOT should have had the lead on this project all along. In addition, New York City Metro region needs a comprehensive transportation overhaul. Commuter trains should not terminate at Penn Station, they should run through. This will expand track capacity and make it possible for NJ riders to easily access Long Island and vice versa. Three commuter rails are not efficient. Using some of those redundancies would also free up rail yard capacity.

-- Martin from Brooklyn on Bob Hennelly's post, Stucknation: Tunneling Through Muck and Mire »» Join the conversation

I really like the idea of referendums; however, I am also skeptical of the idea because of how the system appears not to work in California... Obviously, with referendums, you need to have a well informed public; not to mention, the ballot measures need to have a well written, well explained, non-partisan write-ups... This way even if someone is not well versed on a subject, they can still make an informed vote.

-- Norton from Nutely, NJ on Reshma Saujani's post, Having Your Governmental Cake And Eating It Too»» Join the conversation

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Stucknation: Tunnels, Paladino on Homosexuality, Christie's Rise

Monday, October 11, 2010

WNYC reporter Bob Hennelly talks about New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's decision to suspend construction on the ARC tunnel; Carl Paladino's controversial remarks about homosexuals; and how local politics are having a big impact around the country.

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Learning From 9 Years of Gay Marriage in The Netherlands

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The marriage of same-sex couples is on hold again in California while the Ninth Circuit Court prepares to hear an appeal by the backers of Prop 8. Those who supported the ballot initiative, which led to the banning of same-sex unions in the state, are challenging a judge's recent decision that found the ban unconstitutional. 

The United States is not the first country to discuss these issues, and other countries have experience we might be able to learn from when considering same-sex unions. Back in 2001, The Netherlands became the first country to legalize gay marriage. We speak with an author who traveled there to document how marriage affected Dutch gay couples and wider Dutch society.

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Questions on Prop 8, Birthright Citizenship Ignite Debate on 14th Amendment

Thursday, August 05, 2010

This week, we discuss two big stories, each of which considers the original intent of the 14th Amendment. Known as the "Reconstruction Amendment," as it passed in the aftermath of the Civil War, this clause of the Constitution guarantees U.S. citizenship for anyone born in the United States. It prohibits state governments from depriving anyone of "life, liberty, or property, without due process of law," and mandates "equal protection of the laws" for all citizens.

On Wednesday, a federal judge in California ruled Proposition 8, the voter-backed ballot measure to prohibit same-sex marriage, unconstitutional based on "due process" and "equal protection" grounds: both clauses in the 14th Amendment.

Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, several Republican senators are proposing to repeal or change the Amendment. They say we should no longer automatically give citizenship to American-born children of illegal immigrants.

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Judge Overturns California's Gay Marriage Ban

Thursday, August 05, 2010

A federal judge has overturned Proposition 8, the California ballot measure that defines marriage as between one man and one woman.  The measure passed with 52 percent of votes in November 2008. Yesterday, Judge Vaughn Walker ruled it unconstitutional on 14th Amendment grounds of due process and equal protection under the law. 

In a decision that ran more than 100 pages, Judge Vaughn Walker stated that "Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license. Indeed, the evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California Constitution the notion that opposite sex couples are superior to same-sex couples."

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Closing Arguments Get Underway in California Gay Marriage Trial

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Closing arguments are scheduled for today in a federal trial that will address the constitutionality of Proposition 8 - the controversial amendment to California's constitution that reinstated a ban on gay marriage in the state in 2008, after it had been legal for some months.

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Takeouts: Health Care Update, Census

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

  • WASHINGTON TAKEOUT: After a year of debates over health care policy, lawmakers are now debating the procedure for passing the bill. Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich, has the latest news on the bill's journey through Congress.
  • CENSUS TAKEOUT: Tim Olson, assistant division chief with the U.S. Census Bureau, explains how the Census Bureau is counting same-sex couples, whether married or not.

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Washington, D.C. Marriage Equality Law Takes Effect

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Later this morning, Washington, D.C.'s marriage equality law goes into effect, allowing the city’s gay and lesbian citizens to legally apply for marriage licenses. Some officials expect as many as 200 people to decend on City Hall to apply.  In the political battle leading up to passing the local legislation, some interesting alliances were formed.

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Prop 8 Fight Goes to Federal Court

Monday, January 11, 2010

The fight over gay marriage resumes in California today with Perry v. Schwarzenegger ... and you may be able to watch it on YouTube, tonight.  Two same sex-couples are suing the enforcers of California's Proposition 8 on grounds that the gay marriage ban violates their federal constitutional rights. This might lay the groundwork for an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. The trial will be the first federal court case in the U.S. to be broadcast on YouTube. Kenji Yoshino, professor of law at New York University, has been following the case.

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The Week's Agenda with Marcus Mabry and Rob Watson

Monday, January 11, 2010

The New York Times' Marcus Mabry and the BBC's Rob Watson join us to look ahead to what's coming up this week: diplomatic developments with North Korea, a brouhaha over comments Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) made in 2008 about then-candidate Obama, and a federal court begins hearing a challenge to Proposition 8, which explicitly denies same-sex couples from marrying in California.

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Mexico City Legalizes Gay Marriage

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Mexico City lawmakers Monday voted to legalize same-sex marriage in the capitol – a move that would also give same-sex couples the ability to adopt children. It was a stunning move in a conservative Catholic nation. Ioan Grillo is Mexico Correspondent for Time Magazine; he reports on the reaction in Mexico City and throughout the nation.

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Takeouts: Misery Index, Jobs Benefits, Gay Marriage in DC

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

  • Business Takeout:  Some financial analysts over at Moody's are suggesting that it's time for a new misery indexNew York Times finance reporter Louise Story drops by the show to explain the new formula and to calculate how miserable the U.S. economy really is...
  • Washington Takeout: Todd Zwillich says the end of the year means crunch time on Capitol Hill - and the House is rushing to get some last minute things done.
  • Equality Takeout: Patrick Madden, reporter for WAMU, reports on the D.C. city council's decision to legalize gay marriage ... as long as Congress goes along with it.

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