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Pope Francis today issued a much anticipated proclamation on Catholic family life. For context on the 256-page papal document, WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the Rev. Mitchell Rozanski, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts.

  In our Ideas Matter segment we take time just about every week to check in with the state humanities councils in our 7-state region.

Today we check in with the Vermont Humanities Council and documentary film producer Jeff Kaufman. Kaufman directed The State of Marriage, which shows the struggle for same-sex marriage equality in Vermont.

The film will be screened with a special panel discussion in Montpelier, Vermont on February 23.

Vermont Freedom to Marry

The Vermont Freedom to Marry Task Force announced on Thursday morning that after 20 years of working to achieve marriage equality, the group is disbanding.

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New York legalized gay marriage four years ago. Now, as our Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports, state leaders are reacting with enthusiasm to today's Supreme Court ruling.

Barney Frank represented the Fourth Congressional District of Massachusetts for more than three decades and chaired the House Financial Services Committee from 2007 to 2011. He is a regular commentator on MSNBC.

He has just written a memoir, Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same Sex Marriage. The book is a behind-the-scenes look at politics and larger societal changes and one man's struggle with sexual politics and identity.

    The Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage rulings marked a new era for the country.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Representative Joe Courtney discusses the decisions with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

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A day after veteran NBA player Jason Collins made national headlines by becoming the first active male athlete in the four major sports to come out as gay, state lawmakers, gay rights advocates and labor and law enforcement officials participated in Empire State Pride Agenda's annual lobby day in Albany.

Although New Yorkers are becoming more accepting following the legalization of same-sex marriage in 2011, activists and advocates want to ensure that gay rights and gay pride stay in the media spotlight.

  Thanks to high-profile cases on the Affordable Care Act and same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court has been in the spotlight in recent years.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that its current cases are less likely to captivate the masses.

Stephen Gottlieb: The Gay Marriage Cases

Mar 26, 2013

Sunday night, my wife and I attended a Persian Nowruz or New Year’s festival, with many friends. We celebrated the best and happiest of the traditions they had left behind, along with other Americans who had come to take part. While celebrating the rebirth of Spring, we were also celebrating freedom with friends who had become refugees, whose humanity and efforts to use their skills to help others had become unwelcome to Iranian authorities. 

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Today the Supreme Courts of the United States is hearing the first of two cases that may be the deciding factors in whether same sex marriage is declared legal across the country. 

Today we want your take on the cases, today’s argument on California’s Proposition 8 law that banned gay marriage, and tomorrow’s case challenging the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.