March 2, 2012 Obama told The Atlantic that he doesn't "bluff" as president of the U.S. when he says he's willing to use the military to stop Iran from gaining a nuclear weapon... Maryland became the eighth state to legalize gay marriage... Virginia approved a controversial anti-abortion bill requiring ultrasound which the governor says he will sign.
February 23, 2012 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, gay marriage and the black church, and favorite Hollywood films that deal with Hollywood. In the second hour, NPR's Tamara Keith on her "Road Back to Work" series, and Wim Wenders talks about his Oscar nominated documentary, Pina.
Gov. Chris Gregoire, left, embraces Rep. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle, after the Washington state House voted Wednesday to legalize gay marriage.
February 8, 2012 The move would make the state the seventh in the nation to allow same-sex couples to wed. Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire is expected to sign the measure into law next week. The vote comes a day after a federal appeals court ruled that California's ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional.
February 7, 2012 The decision on "Prop 8" by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is now expected to be appealed to the Supreme Court.
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February 6, 2012 The ban was struck down as unconstitutional more than a year ago. Whichever way the appeals court rules, the case is likely to go to the Supreme Court for the final decision.
February 2, 2012 By a 28-21 vote late Wednesday, the Washington State Senate approved a bill legalizing gay marriage in the state. The state House is expected to do the same next week and Gov. Christine Gregoire has said she will sign the legislation.
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December 12, 2011 Politicians and journalists always run a risk when they judge a voter strictly on on appearances. There was a reminder of that Monday when Mitt Romney was forced to defend his opposition to gay marriage during a restaurant encounter with a grizzled Vietnam veteran who happened to be gay.
Republican presidential candidates at the "Thanksgiving Family Forum" in Des Moines on Nov. 19, 2011.
November 19, 2011 Six GOP presidential candidates vying for the support of social conservatives took part in a wide-ranging forum that featured discussion over abortion, gay marriage and the role of religion in public life. But notably absent was former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who declined the invitation.
June 27, 2011 Today on Talk of the Nation, NPR's Rob Gifford reflects on ten years in China, the gay marriage decision in New York, Sophia Nelson debunks myths about successful black women, and NPR's Linda Holmes warns culture junkies they'll never be able to get to it all.
June 9, 2011 The millennial generation supports gay marriage. And the same group also supports abortion rights, but is conflicted in doing so. Overlapping majorities of respondents to a new poll described themselves as both "pro-choice" and "pro-life."
The dark line shows support for same-sex marriage.
May 20, 2011 The polling organization has been asking about the issue since 1996. While support has now edged above 50 percent, Gallup says the issue remains highly divisive — with older Americans and Republicans more likely to be opposed.
October 11, 2010 The Republican nominee for New York governor created another controversy with his anti-gay comments. He derided his Democratic opponent, Andrew Cuomo, for not only attending the gay pride march but for taking his daughters as well.
September 16, 2010 A Tea Party tug of war has raised the question, is the movement about fiscal or social issues.
August 2, 2010 After his partner of 32 years died, Bill Bowersock stopped receiving Social Security because on paper, their relationship doesn't count.
December 24, 2009 Talk of the Nation host Neal Conan recently interviewed two men representing different sides of the same-sex marriage debate. At the end of the show, he congratulated the man who crafted a referendum to defeat gay marriage in Maine but didn't offe...
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