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Gay Marriage

Can the public now watch the famous same-sex marriage trial?

April 30, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

A San Francisco radio and TV station wants a videotape recording of the full “Proposition 8” trial in 2010 released publicly, claiming the Constitution’s First Amendment supports public access to that video record. 

Podcast: The Fourteenth Amendment and equality under the law

November 3, 2016 By NCC Staff

Elizabeth Wydra of the Constitutional Accountability Center and Earl Maltz of Rutgers University discuss how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump approach abortion, same-sex marriage, affirmative action, and more.

Looking back at Romer, a key Supreme Court decision about gay rights

May 20, 2016 By NCC Staff

On May 20, 1996, the Supreme Court issued an early landmark decision supporting the right of gays under the Constitution to seek protection from discrimination.

Before Obergefell, there was Goodridge: The birth of same-sex marriage in America

May 17, 2016 By Nicandro Iannacci

On May 17, 2004, Massachusetts became the first state to allow same-sex marriage.

Podcast: Jeffrey Rosen answers your constitutional questions

January 28, 2016 By NCC Staff

Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, answers listener questions about citizenship, gun rights, same-sex marriage, and more.

Constitution Check: Where does the gay rights movement go next?

December 22, 2015 By Lyle Denniston

Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at developments in bringing same-sex couples equal rights in the workplace and in education.

Podcast: When religious liberty conflicts with LGBT rights, who wins?

September 24, 2015 By NCC Staff

Kristina Arriaga of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and Greg Lipper of Americans United for Separation of Church and State discuss the Kim Davis saga and two competing bills in Congress.

Dred Scott gets a brief moment in the national spotlight

September 11, 2015 By NCC Staff

A lot of topics crop up when people argue about politics and Supreme Court decisions, but the historic 1857 Dred Scott decision about slavery usually isn’t one of them.

Podcast: Obamacare, Kim Davis, and religious exemptions

September 10, 2015 By NCC Staff

Matt Bowman of the Alliance Defending Freedom and Ian Millhiser of the Center for American Progress examine constitutional challenges to the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate with guest host Michael Gerhardt of the University of North Carolina School of Law.

Constitution Check: Did the Supreme Court take away states’ power over marriage?

September 8, 2015 By Lyle Denniston

Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at remarks made by a Tennessee judge that his court lacked the power to decide a divorce case because of the Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision.

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