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Massachusetts / Gay Marriage / Political Fallout #742083

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 18, 2003
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(Tampa: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Needham, Massachusetts: Ron Claiborne) The ruling by the Massachusetts supreme court that it is unconstitutional to ban marriages by same-sex couples examined; decision quoted. [Plaintiffs Hillary & Julie GOODRIDGE††, Harvard University professor Elizabeth BARTHOLET†, plaintiff Mike HORGAN†, Massachusetts Catholic Conference Gerry D'AVOLIO†- react to the court's decision.]

(Tampa: Peter Jennings) President Bush's statement about marriage quoted.

(Washington: Jake Tapper) The fallout of today's ruling for the 2004 presidential election campaign examined; details given about the predicament for the Democrats. [Family Research Council president Tony PERKINS†- predicts this will become a major domestic issue.] [Human Rights Campaign executive director Elizabeth BIRCH†- says the Democratic candidates do not want to seem out of step with middle America.] Statement from presidential candidate Senator Joseph Lieberman quoted. [July 20, BUSH - says marriage is between a man & a woman.] The issue of a constitutional amendment on marriage outlined.

Jennings, Peter;
Claiborne, Ron;
Tapper, Jake

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