gay marriage

3/27/13 - Panel

Mar 27, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, WAMC's News Director, Ian Pickus, and Stephen Gottlieb, the Jay and Ruth Caplan Distinguished Professor at Albany Law School. Joe Donahue moderates.

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

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Supporters of gay rights participated in vigils and rallies held in cities across the country on the eve of the Supreme Court hearing arguments in two same-sex marriage cases.

   While about 50 people gathered around the front steps of the Federal Court House in Springfield to cheer and applaud speakers, Charlie Rogers stood like a sentinel on the curb facing oncoming traffic on State Street. He held a hand-painted sign reading “Overturn DOMA”

3/26/13 - Panel

Mar 26, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Newsman Ray Graf and Times-Union Associate editor, Mike Spain. Joe Donahue moderates.

This morning our discussion topics include:
Hillary Clinton and Rand Paul 2016 Presidential talk
Why are many of us slaves to technology
As Supreme Court considers gay marriage, abortion comparisons rise
Senators blast NRA for robocalls in Newtown

Courtesy GLAD

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments this week in to cases involving gay marriage. The nation’s highest court will hear the cases tomorrow and Wednesday. Mary Bonauto is the civil right project director at the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders. She tells WAMC’S Brian Shields that the cases are monumental.
 

    The play "8" is written by Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black and is based on interviews and transcripts from the Prop 8 trial in California after marriage equality opponents succeeded in having cameras barred from the courtroom. It is made up of interviews, news reports and court transcripts and highlights the main points which led to the court finding Proposition 8 unconstitutional.

In conjunction with RPI Community Advocates and the Pride Center, a staged reading of the play will take place at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Friday, March 22 at 7:30pm.

Joining to tell us more, we welcome Aaron Holbritter - the shows director, Isaac Newberry as plaintiff Paul Katami and Gary Maggio as Chief Judge Vaugn Walker.

Famous church's bells to ring for same-sex couples

Jan 10, 2013
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Washington National Cathedral had been ready to embrace same-sex marriage for some time, though it took a series of recent events and a new leader for the prominent, 106-year-old church to announce Wednesday that it would begin hosting such nuptials.

Bancroft Prize-winning historian and legal expert Michael Klarman joins us this morning to discuss his account of modern litigation over same-sex marriage.

After looking at the treatment of gays in the decades after World War II and the birth of the modern gay rights movement with the Stonewall Rebellion in 1969, Klarman describes the key legal cases involving gay marriage and the dramatic political backlashes they ignited.

In God Believes in Love: Straight Talk About Gay Marriage, Gene Robinson makes the case for same-sex marriage using a commonsense, reasoned, religious argument.

Mary Fairchild, Director of Publicity for Maverick Concerts, and Mark Chmiel from the Actors & Writers theatre troupe join us to talk about their presentation of Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays this Saturday, August 11th at 6:30pm.

A federal judge in Connecticut has ruled that part of a federal law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman and denies federal benefits to married gay couples is unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford ruled Tuesday that the provision in the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act violates the Fifth Amendment right to equal protection.

The ruling came in the case of six married same-sex couples and a widower who sued after being denied federal benefits. The plaintiffs are from Connecticut, New Hampshire and Vermont.

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