The Supreme Court & Same-Sex Marriage

The Supreme Court & Same-Sex Marriage

The Supreme Court on Thursday issued two landmark decisions that uphold same sex marriage, striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act and a California ban on same-sex marriage. We explore the impact locally and nationally.

The Supreme Court on Thursday issued two landmark, 5-4 decisions supporting same-sex marriage. The court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act and invalidated California's Proposition 8 law that recognizes only heterosexual marriage. As a result, the federal government is prompted to rewrite regulations to make benefits available to same-sex couples, and California may resume gay marriage. We explore what the rulings will mean in the Washington region and around the country.

Guests

Nancy Polikoff

Professor, American University's Washington College of Law; and author of "Beyond (Straight and Gay) Marriage: Valuing All Families under the Law" (Beacon Books)

Harry Jackson

Senior Pastor, Hope Christian Church, Beltsville, Md.

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