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December 14, 2017
In Focus Today
In Focus Today
Gay Marriage examined and debated
(2007-05-15)
Peter Wolfgang, Director of Public Policy, Family Institute of CT and State Representative Michael Lawler.
CHION WOLF, WNPR.
(wnpr) - The headline of today's Hartford Courant reads "Arguing over a word." But is it that simple when the word is "marriage"?

Yesterday, eight gay and lesbian couples put their relationships before the state Supreme Court. They're asking for the right to marry legally in the state - something denied them by a town clerk in Madison. The state's argument? Connecticut was the first state to legislatively pass a civil unions law in 2005, granting same-sex couples many of the same rights as heterosexual couples, and because of the traditional definition of marriage, state officials say the new law goes far enough.

But for the plaintiffs, marriage is more than just a word. They say they're being unconstitutionally discriminated against, being denied the financial, social and emotional benefits of marriage.

Today on Where We Live, and later on the Faith Middleton Show, we'll explore the meaning of the word, the legal arguments on both sides, and we'll give you a chance to weigh in.

If you have questions or comments for us, send us an email at wherewelive@wnpr.org.

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