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Gay Marriage and the constitution

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Summary

  • This ABC News program looks at the constitutional controversy over gay marriage as it exploded in both Massachusetts and California in February 2004. Is it a matter of civil rights or human rights? Should it be addressed at a state level or a federal level? Ted Koppel moderates a debate about gay marriage and its legal ramifications with Representative Barney Frank, conservative political activist Gary Bauer, and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, who arranged for the issuance of marriage licenses to eligible same-sex couples because the California Family Code is allegedly in violation of the state's constitution in the matter of gay marriage.

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  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Nov. 04, 2006.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
  • Mode of access: Internet.
  • System requirements: FOD playback platform.
  • Closed-captioned.

Contents

  • President Bush and Definition of Marriage (4:13) -- Marriage Amendment and Politicians (3:35) -- Same-Sex Marriages in San Francisco (4:07) -- Political Issues Over Same-Sex Marriage (3:34) -- Purpose Behind the Marriage Amendment (4:23)
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