Sexual Orientation and Public Policy

Sexual Orientation and Public Policy

President Obama backs repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, gay couples marry in New York and the Pentagon moves to end "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." A panel joins us to talk about recognition of gay couples and changing 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.


Lanae Erickson

deputy director, Third Way’s Social Policy & Politics Program

Michael Dimock

associate director, Pew Research Center

Peter Sprigg

senior fellow for policy studies, Family Research Council

Mary Bonauto

director, Civil Rights Project, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)

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