The marriage of same-sex couples is on hold again in California while the Ninth Circuit Court prepares to hear an appeal by the backers of Prop 8. Those who supported the ballot initiative, which led to the banning of same-sex unions in the state, are challenging a judge's recent decision that found the ban unconstitutional.
The United States is not the first country to discuss these issues, and other countries have experience we might be able to learn from when considering same-sex unions. Back in 2001, The Netherlands became the first country to legalize gay marriage. We speak with an author who traveled there to document how marriage affected Dutch gay couples and wider Dutch society.
M.V. Lee Badgett, the author of "When Gay People Get Married: What Happens When Societies Legalize Same-Sex Marriage" reported on the effects of gay marraige in The Netherland. Badgett is a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and the research director of the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy, at UCLA School of Law.