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Gay Marriage At The High Court

Marcus, left, and Daniel  German-Dominguez stand outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, March 26, 2013, before the court's hearing on California’s voter approved ban on same-sex marriage. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Marcus, left, and Daniel German-Dominguez stand outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, March 26, 2013, before the court’s hearing on California’s voter approved ban on same-sex marriage. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The Supreme Court today will hear the first of two cases on the status of gay marriage. We’ll talk with some top legal minds about today’s oral arguments. Plus, we’ll check in with the gay rights rally at Boston City Hall.

Guests

Delores Handy, WBUR reporter.

Kent Greenfield, professor of law at Boston College. Before joining the faculty in 1995, Greenfield served as a law clerk to Justice David Souter, of the United States Supreme Court.

John Eastman, professor of law and former Dean Chapman University School of Law. He is also the chairman of the National Organization for Marriage.

More

You can listen to the oral arguments  here.

Transcript

Coverage

SCOTUS Blog “ (1) Whether the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment prohibits the State of California from defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman; and (2) whether petitioners have standing under Article III, § 2 of the Constitution in this case.”

Boston Globe “They’ve slept in line outside the Supreme Court for five days, through rain and snow. This morning they gathered their folding chairs and sleeping bags, and the first 50 were ushered inside the court room. Others spent the night with no hopes of claiming a coveted public seat. Instead, they secured prominent posts in front of the courthouse steps, holding signs promoting marriage equality along with rainbow flags and American flags.”

 

 

 

 


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  • Kathy

    If Radio Boston is willing to have a representative of a hateful group such as NOM on its program, I hope that they question the increasingly strident anti-gay positions of the organization that go far beyond the issue of marriage.

    • J__o__h__n

      I don’t have a problem with having him on the show but there isn’t a pro equlity activist also.  They have one side represented and one nuetral legal expert. 

      • Call_Me_Missouri

        I hate when NPR stations do that.  Either make it an even argument or get rid of the extremist.

  • Kathy

    The guest from NOM is lying.

  • Anita Paul

    Let up to the people.  People discrminate.  Interracial marriage when approved by the Supreme court over 80% of Americans were against interracial marriage.

  • Call_Me_Missouri

    Personally I think we should get rid of marriage as a permanent institution.  Why not make it a 5 year marriage license that like your driving license has to be renewed?

  • Lauralovell1

    I feel frustrated when I hear people comment that the institution marriage only between a man and a woman has been around for thousands of years…. marriage has NOT been a static institution. At one point it was often a business transaction – a bride for some type of “property” or payment. All you traditionalists out there, should we go back to that form of marriage?

  • Call_Me_Missouri

    This whole States versus the Federal Government rule is getting a little out of hand.  Too many laws are redundantly defined at both a Federal and State level…  Laws that should clearly be defined Federally are defined at the State level (Gun Control, Marriage, Voting Rights, Requirements, Policy and Implementation)

    We would be so much better served to get rid of the redundancy and the interstate competition via legislation.  We need to be One Nation Indivisible whether we’re Under God or not.

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