The Massachusetts Supreme Court has ruled that civil unions are separate but not equal, so that state's constitution requires that gay and lesbian couples must be allowed to marry. That ruling will have national repercussions in this year's presidential campaign and in many other states, including California. We hear more about what today's ruling could mean for John Kerry's run for the White House and for California from Democratic Assemblyman Mark Leno, who will introduce civil marriage legislation next week, and former Republican consultant Tony Quinn, co-editor of the most authoritative handbook on California-s legislative and congressional districts.
- Making News:Defending US Intelligence on Iraq's WMD
George Tenet today made a passionate defense of America-s worldwide intelligence operations, conceding shortcomings in pre-war Iraq, but saying his agency never warned that a threat was imminent. He also insisted that -no one told [the CIA] what to say or how to say it.- Will Tenet-s defense silence critics of America-s intelligence operations? We hear more about American intelligence from two former CIA agents. (An extended version of this segment was aired earlier today on To the Point.)
Massachusetts Supreme Court decision on legality of civil unions
Goodridge v Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Defense of Marriage Act of 1996
California Proposition 22 (2000)
Leno on his civil marriage legislation