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Special Coverage: Same-Sex Marriage - Radio Archive

A collection of reports by KQED Radio productions, including KQED Radio News, The California Report and Forum. Reports are listed in reverse chronological order.

Forum | Friday, Mar 01, 2013, 9:00 AM

Obama Administration Urges Court to Strike Down Prop. 8

The Obama Administration has filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. We discuss the administration's legal stance on the issue and its potential impact on the court, as well as efforts nationwide to legalize same-sex marriage.



The California Report | Friday, Mar 01, 2013, 8:50 AM

White House to Supreme Court: Reject Prop 8

Gay rights advocates say the Obama administration's decision to weigh-in against California's ban on same-sex marriage is a political game-changer. The government's legal brief argues that since domestic partnerships in California offer the same legal rights as marriage, withholding the name "marriage" as Proposition 8 did can only be explained by unjustified prejudice.



The California Report | Wednesday, Feb 27, 2013, 8:50 AM

Proposition 8 Foes Gain Surprising Support

Thursday is the deadline for friend-of-the-court or amicus briefs to be filed in the U.S. Supreme Court case challenging Proposition 8, California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. Now, one last-minute brief from prominent Republicans opposing Prop. 8 has legal circles buzzing.



The California Report | Monday, Feb 18, 2013, 8:50 AM

A Church Divided: Growing Up Gay and Mormon

Few issues have been as divisive in recent history as same-sex marriage, and California has been at the center of the maelstrom since voters approved Proposition 8. Outside of the legal questions facing the ban on same-sex marriage, many churches and their followers are grappling with their own position on gays and lesbians. Our series "A Church Divided" concludes with the story of a Mormon mother and son working to bridge a historical divide.



The California Report | Friday, Feb 15, 2013, 8:50 AM

A Church Divided: Mormons Grapple With Same-Sex Marriage

California's Proposition 8 banned same-sex couples from marrying and touched off a closely watched legal battle that goes before the U.S. Supreme Court next month. It also stirred up soul-searching in the Mormon church, one of Prop. 8's big financial backers. Some church members are questioning long-held beliefs about homosexuality.



Perspectives | Tuesday, Dec 18, 2012, 7:35 AM

Heightened Scrutiny

Do gays and lesbians have political power? Clyde Wadsworth says the Supreme Court's gay marriage decision could depend on the answer.



Forum | Monday, Dec 10, 2012, 9:00 AM

Same-Sex Marriage and the Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Friday that it would review an appeals court ruling striking down Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage. The high court also plans to hear a case on whether married same-sex couples are entitled to equal benefits. How are the justices likely to vote? And what will their decisions mean for California?



The California Report | Friday, Dec 07, 2012, 4:30 PM

Supreme Court to Take Up Prop. 8, DOMA

It's been four years since California voters enacted a ban on same-sex marriage. Friday afternoon -- after years of legal twists and turns -- the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to take up the fundamental question: Does Prop. 8 violate the U.S. Constitution? The court also agreed to hear a related case involving the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).



THIS WEEK in Northern California | Friday, Nov 30, 2012, 7:30 PM

News Panel: Supreme Court on Prop 8, Third Strike Releases, and Drakes Bay Oyster Co.

The U.S. Supreme Court considers whether to review California's Proposition 8, banning same-sex marriage. Meanwhile, officials in San Francisco anticipate a rush of gay and lesbian weddings if the case is denied by the high court and the lower courts' rulings stand, making the ban unconstitutional.

Some prisoners sentenced to life for nonviolent, non-serious offenses are being re-sentenced and released following voter approval of Proposition 36. The measure reforms California's tough "three strikes" sentencing law and limits when prosecutors can seek a life sentence.

The Drakes Bay Oyster Co. has lost its lease after decades in Point Reyes National Seashore. After a long environmental battle, U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar decided to shut down the historic oyster farm and restore Drakes Estero to wilderness.



The California Report | Friday, Nov 30, 2012, 4:30 PM

Supreme Court Considers Prop. 8, DOMA

It's been more than four years since voters passed Proposition 8, banning same-sex marriage in California. After two lower court rulings striking down the measure, the question of Prop. 8 finally made it to the U.S. Supreme Court Friday.



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