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Gay Marriage Radio Documentary Tonight on VPR


Published December 8, 2009 at 2:15 p.m.

Ten years ago this month, the Vermont Supreme Court issued the landmark Baker v. State of Vermont ruling that paved the way for civil unions, and later, for same-sex marriage, which we legalized here in Vermont earlier this year.

I felt like I needed to point that out, in case you missed it somehow.

Now Vermont Public Radio has produced an hour-long radio documentary called "States of Marriage: The Debate Over Gay Rights." It airs for the first time tonight at 7 p.m. and will be rebroadcast on Saturday at 4 p.m.

If you're one of those people who wonders, "What's next for gay marriage?" Or, "What all of those irate activists are up to now?" you might want to listen in. You can also become a fan of the documentary on Facebook — even if you haven't heard it yet...

You might also want to check out the essay I wrote for this week's paper, about adopting my kids. It's called "Family Ties: Why one nonbiological parent wants to give up adoption." It'll hit newsstands tomorrow, but I'm posting it here for you, lucky blog readers, to give you a sneak peek. It's ostensibly about adoption, but it's really about the rights and privileges of marriage. The timing of it had absolutely nothing to do with the whole 10-years-since-Baker thing. It came about because I adopted my kids in October, and felt compelled to write about it

I know social conservatives typically oppose gay marriage, but really, this whole fight has given marriage a lot of good PR in the last 10 years. Marriage seemed so much less cool a decade ago, didn't it? Now everybody wants in. What's so bad about that?