David Blankenhorn And The Battle Over Same-Sex Marriage
In the next hour, you’ll hear an exclusive interview in which America’s most famous opponent of same-sex marriage announces that he has changed his mind, and he now supports marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples.
WNPR, Connecticut Public Radio - June 22, 2012
I’m Mark Oppenheimer and I write the “beliefs column” for the New York Times. Today I’ll be your host for a documentary special from WNPR: David Blankenhorn and The Battle Over Same-sex Marriage. In the next hour, you’ll hear an exclusive interview in which America’s most famous opponent of same-sex marriage announces that he has changed his mind, and he now supports marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples.
David Blankenhorn’s conversion is the latest crazy twist in what is shaping up to be the Year of Same-Sex Marriage. It’s already legal in six states: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York. And the legislatures in three more states have passed marriage equality bills. Just over a year ago, a Gallup Poll showed that for the first time a majority of Americans favored gay marriage. Last August, a California judge ruled that Proposition 8, which ha...
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Special thanks to Catie Talarski, John Dankosky, Colin McEnroe, John Galiani and John Healey. An excerpt of “8” is provided by L.A. Theatre Works and The American Foundation for Equal Rights. You can find the entire performance at latw.org.