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The US Supreme Court was divided today, but the majority made history by ruling that the 14th amendment to the Constitution guarantees the right of gays and lesbians to be married. President Obama called it a victory for all Americans.

Also, the agony of five families who felt US officials abandoned them when their children were being held hostage overseas. We hear how their suffering led to a change in procedures.

Photo:  Ted Eytan

Producers:
Christine Detz
Katie Cooper

The US Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage 38 MIN, 54 SEC

The US Supreme Court made history today in a 5-to-4 ruling that the Constitution grants all Americans equal rights to marry. Four dissenters, led by Chief Justice John Roberts, said the matter should have been left to the voters, but it applies to all 50 states.  President Obama called it a victory for all Americans. We hear about the legal arguments, the social consequences and the political fallout.

Guests:
Kimberly Robinson, Bloomberg BNA (@KimberlyRobinsn)
Steve Sanders, Indiana University (@SteveSSanders)
Maurice "Bojangles" Blanchard, ordained Baptist minister (@Rev_Bojangles)
Audrey Bilger, Claremont McKenna College (@AudreyBilger)
Zeke Miller, Time magazine (@ZekeJMiller)

More:
Supreme Court on DOMA, same-sex marriage (2013 TtP discussion)
Bloomberg on the most interesting lines in SCOTUS' same-sex marriage ruling
Miller on presidential candidates' response to Supreme Court marriage ruling

Here Come the Brides!

Audrey Bilger

The Secret Civilian Effort to save American ISIS Hostages 11 MIN, 9 SEC

What would you do if a loved one were taken hostage overseas? For the families of five Americans held in Syria, the answer was "anything and everything." Then they ran up against American law.

In May of last year, "Five American families, each harboring a grave secret, took their seats around a dining table… in Washington, DC." That's the beginning of a lengthy story on the web site of the New Yorker magazine about families whose children had been captured by terrorist groups in Syria. They felt that "US officials had abandoned them. So they secretly joined forces." Lawrence Wright is the reporter.


Journalist James Foley with his one of his ISIS captors
Photo by Elmar Eye

 

Special thanks to Paul von Zielbauer  for production assistance.

Guests:
Lawrence Wright, New Yorker magazine (@lawrence_wright)

More:
Statement of John and Diane Foley on the White House hostage policy review
Politico on how the New Yorker landed The Atlantic's hostage story

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