Sexual Orientation and Public Policy
Wedding bells rang for more than 800 same-sex couples in New York yesterday. New York became the sixth and largest state to allow gay marriage. Activists say it could be a belweather for other states. A recent Gallup poll shows 53 percent of Americans support allowing gay couples to marry. That’s double the percentage 15 years ago, when Congress passed the Defense of Marriage Act. Now President Obama has called on Congress to repeal the law, which defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman. On Friday, he certified the end of the Pentagon policy preventing gay men and lesbians from serving openly in the military. A panel discusses A panel discusses recognition of gay couples and changing public policy.
deputy director, Third Way’s Social Policy & Politics Program
associate director, Pew Research Center
senior fellow for policy studies, Family Research Council
director, Civil Rights Project, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)