Same-Sex Marriage And The States

Same-Sex Marriage And The States

The battle over same-sex marriage returns to the states: How the fight will play out in legislatures, courts and ballot initiatives.

On the heels of the Supreme Court decision ruling federal benefits cannot be denied to same sex couples, the focus has turned to the states. Supporters of gay marriage are launching campaigns from Hawaii to New Jersey. Through a combination of litigation, lobbying in legislatures and ballot campaigns, gay rights groups believe momentum is on their side. But despite the recent success of the movement, public opinion on the issue is far from settled. Twenty-nine states still have constitutional bans on same-sex marriage, and opponents of gay marriage are pushing for more. Guest host Susan Page and a panel of experts discuss same-sex marriage and the states.

Guests

Evan Wolfson

founder and president of Freedom to Marry.

Juliet Eilperin

White House correspondent for The Washington Post.

Thomas Peters

communications director for National Organization for Marriage.

Please familiarize yourself with our Code of Conduct and Terms of Use before posting your comments.

Our address has changed!

The Diane Rehm Show is produced by member-supported WAMU 88.5 in Washington DC.