Same-Sex Marriage: The US Supreme Court and the States

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Two weeks ago, Justice Anthony Kennedy used soaring rhetoric to declare the Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as between a man and a women, violated the Constitution. But that only applied to denying federal benefits to same-sex couples. Gay marriage, he said, is up to the states, and only 13 states have made it legal — while it's banned in 29 state constitutions. (The Court also restored same-sex marriage in California.) In a scathing dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia predicted that state bans on same-sex marriage would soon be ended. We hear how Kennedy's conflicted ruling has led to state-by-state battles, in a war that may not end until another US Supreme Court decision. 

Credits

Guests:
Adam Liptak - New York Times - @adamliptak, Richard Carlbom - Freedom to Marry - @richardcarlbom, Thomas Peters - National Organization for Marriage - @AmericanPapist, Andrew Koppelman - Northwestern University - @NorthwesternLaw

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Caitlin Shamberg, Kerry Cavanaugh, Sonya Geis