Bookmarked sites to help with Gay Marriage Debate.
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I. Sites about the history on marriage. Note how the institution has evolved.
Homosexual (Same-Sex) Marriage & Civil Unions http://www.religioustolerance.org/hom_mari.htm
I Do! Beverly Downing takes a look at the evolution of marriage customs
The Marriage Contract http://www.infoplease.com/ce6/society/A0858710.html;
What Gay Marriage Teaches About the History of Marriage http://hnn.us/articles/4400.html
Changes in Marriage: Past, Present and Future. http://www.religioustolerance.org/hom_mar2.htm
I. Sites about gay marriage from varying religios/social/economic/political aspects
Black Churches and Gay Marriage
Within the African-American community, the national debate over gay marriage is pitting two
deeply held values against each other
California's Proposition 22
In 2000, California voters not only had to choose between presidential candidates but also to vote
on Proposition 22, the highly controversial Defense of Marriage Act.
Episcopal [Church] Rift
The General Convention of the Episcopal Church met in 2003 in Minneapolis to decide two very
polarizing issues: whether to confirm the election of an openly gay bishop -- V. Gene Robinson of
New Hampshire -- and approve blessing ceremonies for same-sex couples
Gay Marriage and Homosexuality
A controversial 2003 ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court declaring that gay
couples have the right to marry under the state constitution placed the issue of gay marriage back
in the headlines.
Marriage Protection Amendment
In June 2006, the U.S. Senate again debated - and rejected - a constitutional amendment to ban
Same Sex Marriage http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/week651/cover.html
In recent years, the United States has grown more accepting of homosexuality, both in public policy
and in pop culture. But when it comes to the question of marriage, the nation remains sharply
divided. A 2003 Washington Post poll found that half of Americans favor a law defining marriage as
a union between a man and a woman
The Spirit and the Flesh: Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly Viewer's Guide 2004
Journalist Jeff Sheler's essay surveys religious views on human sexuality and how religions wrestle
with sexual issues. Includes discussion questions and additional readings and resources.
Trembling before G-d
This excerpt from an acclaimed documentary tells the personal stories of Hasidic and Orthodox
Jews in Israel, the U.S. and Great Britain who are gay or lesbian and who face a profound dilemma -
how to reconcile their passionate love of Judaism and the Divine with biblical prohibitions that
United Methodists on Same-Sex Unions
In 2000, nearly 1,000 United Methodist delegates gathered in Cleveland for their church's
quadrennial general conference, where the issue of homosexuality and same-sex unions was at the
heart of debate and divisions.
What is Marriage?
The escalating controversy over same-sex unions has caused many Americans to reexamine the
definition of marriage. What are the religious and moral values underlying the institution of
marriage? Do homosexual unions have something in common with the union of a man and a woman?
II. Other sites that archived videos or broadcast on the debate.
ABCNEWS.com : Poll: No Same-Sex Marriage, No Amendment
The Heritage Foundation: "A Defining Moment: Marriage, the Courts, and the Constitution" by
Matthew Spalding, May 17, 2004
Alliance for Marriage
PBS: The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer: The Battle Over Same-Sex Marriage, June 5, 2006
BBC - Religion & Ethics - Same-sex marriage
NPR: Calif. Judge Rejects Ban on Same-Sex Marriage (plus other stories on the debate) by Richard
Gonzales, March 15, 2005
The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry: The Marriage Project
Institute for American Values: Center for Marriage and Families
Wikipedia: Defense of Marriage Act
Federal Marriage Amendment - H.J. Res 56:
http://usgovinfo.about.com/cs/usconstitution/a/marriage.htm Defines marriage as union of man and
Citizen Link: Focus on Social Issues: Same-Sex Unions and Parenting
Freedom to Marry
PBS: NewsHour with Jim Lehrer: Gay Marriage, February 13, 2004
PBS: Flashpoints USA: God and Country: Gay Marriage, January 27, 2004
Human Rights Campaign: Marriage
Institute for Marriage and Public Policy
PBS: NewsHour with Jim Lehrer: The Legal Debate Over Same-Sex Marriage
National Conference of State Legislatures: Same Sex Marriage Timeline
Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life: Gay Marriage
Religious Tolerance.org: Same-Sex Marriages (SSM) & Civil Union: All sides to the issue
The Boston Globe: The Same Sex Marriage Debate: Wedding Day (comprehensive exploration of
the debate with polls, feature stories, pro/con arguments)
Institute for Marriage and Public Policy: "Same-Sex Marriage: What Does the Next Generation
Think?" by Maggie Gallagher and Joshua Baker, November 23, 2004
Stateline.org: Tracks state legislative activity on gay marriage and more.
PBS: Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg: Gay Marriage, 2003
Christianity Today: Thirteen Bad Arguments for Same-Sex Marriage, September 2004