Wed, Mar 27, 2013 -- 9:30 AM
Same-Sex Marriage and the Supreme Court: An UpdateDownload audio (MP3)
On Wednesday, the second of two days of landmark arguments over same-sex marriage, the U.S. Supreme Court takes up the 1996 Federal Defense of Marriage Act which denies federal tax, pension, and other benefits to married same-sex couples. Defenders of the law say it appropriately defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman for purposes of federal benefits. Opponents say it violates equal protection. We analyze the arguments presented and the justices' reactions.
Host: Joshua Johnson
- John Eastman, professor at Chapman University School of Law and chair of the National Organization for Marriage, an organization that supports Prop. 8
- Kate Kendell, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights
- Scott Shafer, reporter and host of KQED's The California Report
- Vikram Amar, professor of law and associate dean for academic affairs at UC Davis School of Law