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President Obama is just one supporter of gay rights who draws the line at same-sex marriage.  We talk about a movement that's been picking up speed and about the developing efforts by some to keep it going and by others to slow it down.  Also, the release of Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi, and healthcare providers and insurance companies promise to cut costs.  We look at the politics behind a letter to the Obama White House.

Banner image: Marriage of Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. Photo: Nick Gorton

Same Sex, Different States

Andrew Koppelman

Making News Iranian-American Journalist Roxana Saberi Free 7 MIN, 46 SEC

Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi was released from prison today in Tehran. She had been sentenced to eight years in prison, but an Iranian appeals court cut that to two years and suspended its implementation. Reportedly, she'll be able to leave the country. Le Figaro's Delphine Minoui was formerly based in Tehran and a friend of Saberi's.

Delphine Minoui, Reporter for Le Figaro

Main Topic The Fast Track to Same-Sex Marriage 37 MIN, 44 SEC

Civil unions for gays and lesbians were recognized less than 10 years ago. Now, same-sex marriage is on the agenda in many parts of the country. First it was state courts. More recently, state legislatures have decided that gay and lesbian couples have the right to same-sex marriage. Last week the Washington, DC City Council voted 12-to-1 to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions. Why so fast? Are homosexual couples now seen as part of mainstream society, or are courts and legislatures recognizing their right to be different? Why do black leaders object so strongly when gays and lesbians use the language of civil rights? What strategies are being used to keep the momentum going? What are backers of traditional marriage doing to slow it down?

Same-Sex Marriage Legislation/Court Decisions:

Vermont Legislature (TtP on)
Massachusetts Supreme Court (TtP on)
Connecticut Supreme Court
Iowa Supreme Court
Maine Legislature
California Supreme Court
Passage of California's Prop 8, court appeals to (Which Way, L.A.? on)

Andrew Koppelman, Northwestern University (@NorthwesternLaw)
Derek McCoy, Minister, Hope Christian Church
Mignon Moore, Professor of Sociology, University of California at Los Angeles
Rick Jacobs, Courage Campaign (@rickjacobs)
Maggie Gallagher, President, National Organization for Marriage

Reporter's Notebook All Aboard the Healthcare Reform Train 5 MIN, 27 SEC

The healthcare industry, especially including insurance companies, derailed Bill and Hillary Clinton's reform efforts in the early 1990's. With President Obama, they're taking a different approach. In a letter to the White House, they've promised to reduce the growth of healthcare spending by $2 trillion over the next decade—all by themselves. The President lost no time in releasing it today with familiar rhetoric about the skyrocketing cost of healthcare. Noam Levey writes about health reform for the Los Angeles Times.

Noam Levey, Los Angeles Times (@NoamLevey )

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