Has Same-Sex Marriage Lost Its Political Power?

Hosted by

In 1996, Congress passed the "Defense of Marriage Act," which limited marriage to a man and a woman. In 2004, state ballot measures on same-sex marriage helped turn out Republican voters. In the first few months of his administration, President Obama's Justice Department supported DOMA. But last month, Attorney General Eric Holder called the law indefensible on constitutional grounds. So, where are the Republicans now? Members of Congress and potential presidential candidates have focused almost entirely on enforcing the law, but not on same-sex marriage itself. Have they decided that "it's the Economy, stupid," after all? We look at the law---and the politics.

Credits

Guests:
Michael D. Shear - New York Times - @shearm, Walter Dellinger - former Assistant Attorney General and Solicitor General , David Rivkin - BakerHostetler - @DavidRivkin, Jennifer Pizer - UCLA, Jordan Lorence - Senior Counsel, Alliance Defense Fund

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Darrell Satzman, Katie Cooper