The Two Sides of the Marriage Debate

Vol. 40 No. 9

By

Janan Hanna is a Chicago freelance writer and an adjunct instructor at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. A former staff writer for the Chicago Tribune, she has also written for numerous other news organizations, including Reuters, the Chicago News Cooperative, the Huffington Post and the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.

Hardly a day goes by without the subject of gay marriage hitting the news for one reason or another, reflecting a flurry of activity in state legislatures, the courts, and among activist organizations. In recent weeks alone, state legislatures have passed gay marriage laws, opponents have called for referenda, courts have issued rulings, and opinion polls have been released seeming to show increased support for gays and lesbians who want the legal definition of marriage to apply to their committed relationships.

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