A critical reader of the history of marriage understands that it is an institution that has always been in flux. It is also a decidedly complicated one, existing simultaneously in the realms of religion, law, and emotion. And yet recent years have seen dramatic and heavily waged battles over the proposition of including same sex couples in marriage. Just what is at stake in these battles?
License to Wed: What Legal Marriage Means to Same-Sex Couples by Kimberly D. Richman examines the meanings of marriage for couples in the two first states to extend that right to same sex couples: California and Massachusetts.
New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is wielding the power of the state's $160 billion pension fund to urge President Barack Obama to order federal agencies in every state to recognize gay marriages performed in New York.
It could be a big push in DiNapoli's effort to get major companies that do business with the fund to adopt anti-discrimination measures in providing benefits for gay couples.
NY Times best-selling author and lifestyle expert Bruce Littlefield’s latest book is his most personal to date. In Moving In: Tales of an Unlicensed Marriage, he takes readers on a wild and often hysterical ride through the first year spent fixing up a historic old house with partner (and unwitting handyman) Scott Stewart, one of Manhattan’s top real estate brokers.
Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Newsman Ray Graf and Editor of The Daily Gazette, Judy Patrick. Joe Donahue moderates.
This morning our discussion topics include: • The Supreme Court on Gay Marriage • The shaping of the Supreme Court • Nate Silver on Americans’ views on Gay Marriage • North Dakota’s strict Abortion law • Supreme Court accepts second case on race-based college admissions
Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, WAMC's Morning Edition host David Guistina, and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.
This morning our discussion topics include: Supreme Court set to end ban on benefits to gay spouses? States weigh sports betting as way to raise cash. How Secure is the Mexican Border? Nike’s new Tiger Woods ad causes a stir.