header image
Home Page
Hear Past Shows
About Us
January 19, 2020

Note: Justice Talking's grant funding expired in 2008 and the project has been closed. This website is an archive of the entire run of Justice Talking shows through June 30, 2008.
It is no longer being maintained. We apologize for any stale or broken links.
Featured Program

Gay Marriage
Last Featured: 8/30/2004

Listen to Full Program
(Windows Media Player Required)

Download the MP3
(Right-click and choose 'Save As...'
from the pop-up menu.)

Note: Justice Talking ceased production on June 30 of 2008. Link information on this site is not maintained and is provided for historical interest only. Although correct when posted, The Annenberg Public Policy Center makes no claim as the the accuracy or continued availability of any third party web links found on this site.

In the last year, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down anti-sodomy laws, a same-sex marriage case was argued successfully before the Massachusetts Supreme Court, and New Jersey recently enacted The Domestic Partnership Act. Gay marriage has found its way to the frontlines of America’s culture wars. Advocates for gay rights say cultural norms are changing and that acceptance of same-sex unions is closer than you think. Others caution against both optimism and acceptance saying that most Americans still support what they see as traditional families.

Lara H. Schwartz is senior counsel for the Human Rights Campaign, specializing in federal legislation on taxes, benefits and other issues that affect the everyday lives of LGBT people and their families. Following a clerkship on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, Ms. Schwartz was in private practice, where she focused on securities litigation and regulatory work, insurance litigation, legislative redistricting, and voting, housing and disability rights. She is admitted to the bars of Maryland and Washington, D.C.

Genevieve Wood is V.P. for Communications at the Family Research Council. Named a

Closing Quote
"What is marriage, is marriage protection or religion, is marriage renunciation or abundance, is marriage a stepping-stone or an end. What is marriage?"

— Gertrude Stein

©1999-2020 University of Pennsylvania. All rights reserved. Any Justice Talking program downloaded or podcast from this site is for personal use only. Any Justice Talking program, or portion of it, may not reproduced, publicly distributed or displayed, used to create a derivative work, or otherwise copied or transmitted to a third party, in any format now known or hereafter discovered, except as expressly permitted by Law.

To request permission to use Justice Talking audio, please contact support.
Join the Debate
NOTE: Justice Talking Blogs and Forums have been closed.
Special Announcements
Justice Talking’s last broadcast & podcast was June 30, 2008.
Federal Defense of Marriage Act of 1996
Concerned Women for America
Freedom to Marry
American Center for Law and Justice
American Civil Liberties Union
Marriage Watch
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Christian Coalition
Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders
White House
Civil Wars: Gay Marriage in America
by David Moats
Same-Sex Marriage and the Constitution
by Evan Gerstmann
Same-Sex Marriage: Pro and Con: A Reader
by Andrew Sullivan
Race and the Justice System
Employment Discrimination Post-Ledbetter
The Women's Equality Amendment