• March 27, 2013  

    The Supreme Court took up whether same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples. Kwame Holman offers history on the Defense of Marriage Act and reactions from outside the court. Ray Suarez talks to National Law Journal’s Marcia Coyle, who helps compare proceedings on both same-sex marriage cases. Continue reading

  • March 26, 2013  

    The Supreme Court considered the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8, a ballot measure that bans same-sex marriage. Kwame Holman reports on reactions from supporters on both sides of the debate. Judy Woodruff talks to Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal, who analyzes the arguments inside the courtroom. Continue reading

  • March 27, 2012  

    More and more Americans are living alone, according to sociologist Eric Klinenberg’s new book, “Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone.” Ray Suarez and Klinenberg discuss the emerging demographic, so-called “singletons,” and what he calls the “biggest unnamed social change of the last 50 years.” Continue reading

  • December 30, 2011  

    Fewer Americans are tying the knot nowadays, according to a new Pew Research report that showed 51 percent of the adult population is married, compared to 1960 when 72 percent of the country was. Ray Suarez discusses the changing demographics of marriage in the United States with Stephanie Coontz of Evergreen State College. Continue reading

  • August 29, 2011  

    A new wave of U.S. Census Bureau data reveals some interesting trends in marriage and divorce rates by region. Ray Suarez discusses what data tell us about the institution of marriage with David Blankenhorn of the Institute for American Values and Elaine Tyler May of the University of Minnesota. Continue reading

  • July 13, 2011  

    The practice of child marriage is far more common throughout the world than many might suspect. Stephanie Sinclair has spent nearly a decade photographing communities where the practice occurs. Hari Sreenivasan recently spoke with Sinclair about her work. Continue reading

  • June 27, 2011  

    Thousands of marchers and spectators at New York City’s annual LGBT Pride March this weekend hailed the state’s brand-new same-sex marriage law. Jeffrey Brown discusses the state Legislature’s vote with the National Organization for Marriage’s Maggie Gallagher and Democratic New York Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell. Continue reading

  • February 23, 2011  

    President Obama ordered the Justice Department to stop defending a 1996 federal law defining marriage as only between a man and a woman. Gwen Ifill talks with Charlie Savage of The New York Times about the implications of the president’s decision. Continue reading

  • December 6, 2010  

    Lawyers on both sides of the ongoing legal battle over California’s same-sex marriage ban made their cases in a rare televised hearing Monday in federal court in San Francisco. Jeffrey Brown walks through arguments on both sides and what’s to come. Continue reading

  • August 5, 2010  

    People on both sides of the same-sex marriage in California debate vowed appeals of the judge’s ruling, regardless of the outcome, and one has now been filed. Ray Suarez talks to Jennifer Pizer of the Lambda Legal Defense Fund and Robert George, founder of the American Principles Project, about the legal steps ahead. Continue reading

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