The Madeleine Brand Show for May 9, 2012

North Carolina approves gay marriage ban

Gay Marriage Amendment

Allen Breed

Jennifer Cockrham, a nurse from Walkertown, N.C., holds her hand over her heart for the Pledge of Allegiance during a rally supporting a constitutional ban on gay marriage in Raleigh, N.C., on Friday, April 20, 2012. Voters will decide May 8 whether North Carolina will remain the only state in the South without such a constitutional ban.

In North Carolina, voters on Tuesday approved a state constitutional amendment that banned gay marriage, with more than 60 percent of the vote coming in favor of the ban.

Meanwhile, President Obama is facing pressure to take a stand, or at least clarify his administration's position on same-sex unions.

Last Sunday, Vice President Joe Biden said he's comfortable with gay marriage. Education secretary Arne Duncan has also come out in favor of allowing gay marriage. But President Obama has not gone that far. During his 2008 campaign, Obama voiced support for civil unions but has since said his position on gay marriage is "evolving."

Though a recent Gallup poll has stated that the public's opinion on gay marriage is fairly even, key 2012 battleground states like Florida, Virginia, and Ohio have voted to institute gay marriage bans.

Guest:

Molly Ball, national politics reporter for The Atlantic.


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