On Trial in a Federal Courtroom: The Tradition of Marriage

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The US Supreme Court says the trial on Proposition 8, California's same-sex marriage ban cannot be televised. Is that a clue as to how the case might finally be decided? Is same-sex marriage banned because of ancient tradition or because of discrimination against gays and lesbians? What's it like for gay and lesbian parents, and their children, to have their legitimacy challenged in such a public forum? Are the courts being asked to rule on broad social issues rather than questions of Constitutional law?

Credits

Guests:
Margaret Talbot - Staff Writer, New Yorker, Barry Friedman - Vice Dean, New York University Law School, William Duncan - Director, Marriage Law Foundation, Jennifer Chrisler - Executive Director, Family Equality Council

Host:
Warren Olney