Supreme Court Justices Struggle With Gay Marriage

Justices heard arguments over whether to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples.
3:44 | 03/27/13

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The stories we see and hear on TV. -- more than entertainment -- signs of a collective social consciousness narratives that bring to life that changing tides we swim in every day. Sometimes without even realizing this week as the Supreme Court -- two cases involving gay rights. We can't help but notice the role Hollywood may be playing -- one of the most important social issues of the 21 century. It all happened so fast. As the great debate over gay marriage rides at the Supreme Court -- -- things how much the country has changed. You could hear it in the confidence in the voices of the gay couples who brought the big games. Eileen inequality and I possibly even in our judicial system I have great faith the -- but more than anything I believe in love something happened in question. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Why did a fairly. -- It wasn't that long ago that bigotry against gay Americans was open and accepted as all in the family dramatized and challenged. Just because that guy is sensitive. And he's -- intellectually wears glasses you make a matter -- -- -- that guy with glasses aquarium. I wears -- -- a floor I think -- was a practicing quit. -- be turned on his old TV set today Archie Bunker would be horrified. Will and grace Grey's Anatomy. Queer as folk glee and modern family they all drawn millions of American viewers and they all featured gay characters in lead roles naturally. Mitchell's mother has a problem. Bring you together of course not get a -- You're married. You're yeah hello -- street guys you know Wear vests and how. -- -- is leading the way but also reflecting something deeper. RA BC news poll shows 58%. Of Americans now support legalizing gay marriage in just a few years a complete turnaround. In 2004 just 32%. Favored. Politicians know what that means war from President Obama I think same sex couples should be able to -- -- To Hillary Clinton I support marriage for lesbian and gay couples to Ohio Republican senator rob -- months I now believe that. People ought to have a right to get married there's a stampede of support for gay marriage at the highest levels big business sense is it too. -- has his creamy drink right now. Just mind. But business -- politicians even pop culture landmarks don't make change people do I think. People started telling their stories. -- zarrella and his partner Paul Khatami are among the -- -- who brought the big case in the Supreme Court it. When we started talking to our families and we start talking to our friends and our neighbors and our co workers and people that we go to school where. When people realize that they have a connection to someone -- of the -- me. They start to understand. Rob Reiner who played meathead on all in the family -- a leader of the campaign for equal marriage rights he says even Archie Bunker might be persuaded to -- I would think Archie would be convinced if one of his friends or one of of his daughter not not the daughter of I was -- -- but. But if he had a trial that was -- I think he might be convinced. Any and it's about families about all of those conversations about the fact. That's true that American gay Americans use -- really liberating themselves and we are an American family.

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