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The Takeaway

To Thee I Wed: The Arguments For & Against Same-Sex Marriage

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Today the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges, a case that may decide once and for all whether gay couples have the same rights to marry as straight couples. 

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The Takeaway

Meet the Clerk Who Started the Same-Sex Marriage Revolution

Monday, April 27, 2015

Clela Rorex wasn't trying to be revolutionary when she issued marriage licenses to six same-sex couples in Boulder, Colorado in 1975. But her decision shook the country to its core.

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The Takeaway

Alabama's Long Struggle for Equality

Friday, February 13, 2015

A look at Alabama's struggle for equality—from the civil rights era of the 1960s to the present-day fight for gay marriage. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

David Boies and Ted Olson Make the Case for Marriage Equality

Friday, August 29, 2014

The attorneys that argued in the Supreme Court that California's Proposition 8 was unconstitutional talk about the five-year struggle to win the right for gays to marry.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

David Boies and Ted Olson Make the Case for Marriage Equality

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The attorneys that argued in the Supreme Court that California's Proposition 8 was unconstitutional talk about the five-year struggle to win the right for gays to marry.

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New Jersey News

With National Backers, Advocates Make NJ Same-Sex Marriage a Priority

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

WNYC

A number of national groups that support same-sex marriage joined advocates in New Jersey on Wednesday to launch a coalition to push for gay nuptials in the state. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Lessons From Gay Marriage

Friday, July 12, 2013

Liza Mundy, writer for The Atlantic, helps wrap up marriage week by examining changing norms of marriage and giving examples of what straight married people can learn from gay couples.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Hear This: What does Marriage Say about Money and Class?

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

In the latest installment of this week's series on marriage, Paul Taylor, executive vice president of Pew Research Center, talks about what we can learn about the state of marriage by looking at who gets hitched, particularly when it comes to money and class.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

NJ News; Marriage, Money and Class; Affordable Housing

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Matt Katz, a staff writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, gives an update on the latest news out of New Jersey, including the special senate election, the recent decision on dunes and the marriage equality lawsuit. Plus: WNYC reporter Cindy Rodriguez discusses her story on the lack of affordable housing and the increasing rent burden under the Bloomberg administration; and a discussion of how money and class factor into decisions about marriage. 

The Brian Lehrer Show

Marriage Equality in New Jersey

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Troy Stevenson, executive director of Garden State Equality, discusses what Wednesday's Supreme Court rulings on marriage equality mean for civil unions in New Jersey.

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The Takeaway

Supreme Court Strikes Down Defense of Marriage Act, Rules on Prop. 8

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

In a landmark decision, the United States Supreme Court has struck down the U.S. Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on the grounds that it violates the equal protection clause. The ruling says same-sex spouses are entitled to the same federal benefits and protections as opposite-sex couples. The case, United States Vs. Windsor, invalidates the act with a 5-4 decision. "DOMA’s principal effect is to identify a subset of state-sanctioned marriages and make them unequal," writes Justice Anthony Kennedy in the majority opinion.

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Transportation Nation

Minneapolis Celebrates Marriage Equality With a Rainbow Bridge

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

On Monday, the governor of Minnesota signed the state's Marriage Equality bill into law.  To celebrate, on Tuesday the city of Minneapolis lit up its I-35 bridge in rainbow colors.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

SCOTUS Cases; State of Cancer Treatment; SAT Prep; Frugal Flying

Monday, March 25, 2013

This week the Supreme Court docket includes challenges to the same-sex marriage cases of DOMA and Proposition 8. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman explains what the outcomes might mean for New Yorkers. Plus: John Katzman of the Princeton Review on acing the ACT and SAT; an update on the state of cancer treatment; and what data tells us about how to travel on the cheap.

The Brian Lehrer Show

U.S. Supreme Court and Same-Sex Marriage

Friday, November 30, 2012

Emily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate and Political Gabfest Radio panelist, discusses the same-sex marriage cases the U.S. Supreme Court is considering hearing--and what we should know about them.

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The Takeaway

Prominent Black Reverend Supports Maryland's Gay Marriage Bill

Friday, February 17, 2012

It's been a big week for advocates of gay marriage: legislation in its favor passed both New Jersey's Assembly and Maryland's Senate. However, this isn't the first time Maryland lawmakers have debated this issue. Last year a similar bill died after being passed by the state senate. The bill's failure was largely attributable to black representatives who were hesitant to back an issue so strongly opposed by the state's black clergy. Governor Martin O'Malley has voiced his support, and now so has Reverend Delman Coates, pastor of a 6,000 strong black church.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Referendum on Christie's Referendum

Thursday, January 26, 2012

This week, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie proposed a ballot initiative to let voters decide whether to legalize same-sex marriage.

LISTENERS: Do you think public referendums are the right way for states to decide on marriage equality? Who should decide whether states should allow same-sex marriage: the voters or the legislature? Text "whodecides" to 30644, give us a call, or comment here. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Christie, His Courts, and Garden State Marriage Equality

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Gov. Christie appoints two new judicial nominees, and New Jersey supporters of marriage equality rally in Trenton. Bob Hennelly, WNYC reporter, and Nancy Solomon, managing editor for the New Jersey News Service, give us the latest. 

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It's A Free Country ®

Cuomo: Clerks Against Same-Sex Marriage "Don't Get to Pick and Choose"

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Governor Andrew Cuomo has made clear that clerks who do not wish to perform same-sex marriages should find other work. This Sunday, when same-sex couples statewide line up for the first day, clerks will perform the service that they were elected to do.

"You don't get to say, 'I like this law and I'll enforce this law, or I don't like this law and I won't enforce this law'—you can't do that.” Cuomo stated. “If you can't enforce the law, then you shouldn't be in that position."

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The Takeaway

The Trickle-Up Economics of Gay Marriage

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Last month, New York State passed the Marriage Equality Act and became the sixth and largest state to legalize same-sex marriage. And starting this Sunday, July 24, gay partners can marry, with an estimated 66,524 couples expected to wed in New York over the next three years. This historic event will have impact beyond the issue of civil rights: Gay couples will see a variety of financial changes, too. If trickle-down economics is about the impact of economic policy on the individual, then this is the trickle-up economics of gay marriage–how a decision two people make willchange insurance, taxes, businesses, state revenues, and economic policy.

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It's A Free Country ®

Listeners Respond: Obama's Cautious Gay Marriage Stance

Friday, June 24, 2011

People don’t have to get a marriage visa every time they cross the George Washington bridge. Unfortunately, though, there has been a gay exception carved into the way our country treats marriage.

Evan Wolfsen, president of Freedom to Marry, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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