Evolving American Attitudes On Same-Sex Marriage

Evolving American Attitudes On Same-Sex Marriage

A public rift in the Cheney family highlights the ongoing debate and controversy over the rights of gays and lesbians to marry. Diane and her guests explore evolving American attitudes on same-sex marriage.

Polls show that about half of Americans approve of allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry. But among Republicans, that percentage drops sharply. This week a public rift in the family of former Vice President Dick Cheney thrust the issue onto the front page again. One of Cheney's daughters is married to a woman. The other, Liz Cheney, is running for office on the Republican ticket in Wyoming. On national TV over the over the weekend, Liz Cheney said she believes in the traditional definition of marriage. That puts her in line with most other Republicans –- but not most other Americans. Diane and her guests discuss changing perspectives on same-sex marriage.

Guests

Jonathan Rauch

senior fellow at the Brookings Institution; author of "Denial: My 25 Years Without a Soul" and "Gay Marriage: Why It Is Good for Gays, Good for Straights, and Good for America."

Michael Dimock

director, Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.

Maggie Gallagher

American Principles Project and co-author of "Debating Same-Sex Marriage."

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