MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS – SAME LOVE feat. MARY LAMBERT
In light of the fact that my last post provides an abstract and intellectual take on the same-sex marriage debate, here is a video that captures the emotional, visceral aspects of the debate.
Special thanks to Andrea Kao for bringing this video to my attention.
Moral Maze: Same-Sex Marriage
This week, same-sex marriage dominated the news with the Supreme Court cases of United v. States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry. The same-sex marriage debate is not unique to the United States, however. Across the pond, the topic is just as controversial. Recently, the British House of Commons approved gay marriage with the support of conservative Prime Minister David Cameron.
If you are passionate about gay rights, this episode (43 minutes) of the Moral Maze is a must. It is dry (*cough* British), but it is also the most intelligent debate about same-sex marriage that I have ever heard.
Finally, if you are interested in being part of the SLACE podcast next year. Aside from interviews and recorded events, the podcast will also include debates in this format. Students will encompass the panelists, who will question “experts” (probably mostly professors) advocating various positions. Ideally, there would be one of these debates per semester. Members of Moot Court would make ideal panelists.
United States v. Windsor: Oral Argument Audio
Today, the Supreme Court heard arguments in United States v. Windsor which will determine the constitutionality of DOMA. Here is a link to Oyez, which provides the full audio of the oral arguments synced with a searchable transcript. For wall-to-wall coverage and commentary on the case, check out the SCOUTSblog.
Hollingsworth v. Perry: Oral Argument Audio
Today, the Supreme Court heard arguments in Hollingsworth v. Perry which will determine the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8. Here is a link to Oyez, which provides the full audio of the oral arguments synced with a searchable transcript. For wall-to-wall coverage and commentary on the case, check out the SCOUTSblog.
Portman (R-OH) Becomes First GOP Senator to Support Same-Sex Marriage
Conservative Republican Rob Portman recently announced his support of same-sex marriage. His announcement came on the heels of his son informing his family that he is gay, “it is not a choice,” and that “he’d been that way ever since he could remember.”
This clip from ABC News runs just over two minutes.
Top Republicans and Corporations File Amicus Briefs Supporting Same-Sex Marriage
As NPR’s Talk of the Nation reported, several prominent Republicans filed an amicus brief in support of same-sex marriage this week.
Some of the conservative signatories include:
- Jon Huntsman Jr. (former Utah governor and presidential candidate)
- Meg Whitman (who for California governor supporting Prop 8)
- Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Richard Hanna (R-NY);
- Stephen J. Hadley (Bush national security adviser)
- Carlos Gutierrez (Bush’s commerce secretary)
- James B. Comey (Bush Justice Department)
- David A. Stockman,(Ronald Reagan’s budget director)
- Deborah Pryce (R-OH) (retired House member who was part of the Republican leadership)
These conservatives join Ted Olson, who argued on behalf on George W. Bush before the Supreme Court in Bush v. Gore and served as his solicitor general, and is now part of the counsel of record arguing for same-sex marriage.
Moreover, major companies such as Apple, Intel, Facebook, and eBay have united to pen an amicus brief in favor of same-sex marriage, arguing that bans on same-sex marriage hurt the economy.