NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 18, 2003
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(Washington: Pete Williams) The ruling by the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts to legalize gay marriages featured. [Lawyer for gay couples Mary BONAUTO- says these couples finally have the right to join in civil marriage.] [State representative Philip TRAVIS, Governor Mitt ROMNEY- oppose the ruling.] [Gay marriage opponent Jay SEKULOW- says the issue may end up in the Supreme Court.] The issue of gay marriage recognition in other states discussed; map shown of states defining marriage as between a man & a woman.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) President Bush’s opposition to the decision noted.
(Miami: Jim Avila) Reaction around the nation to the Massachusetts ruling featured; Pew Research Center poll findings on gay marriage & homosexual sex cited; details given of the issue’s impact on the 2004 presidential campaign. [Same-sex marriage opponent Mrs. ANDREWS – opposes legalizing gay marriage.] [Gay man Peter FREIBERG- says we do everything other couples do but are denied this right.] [Pew Research Center director Andrew KOHUT- says gay marriage is where the American public is drawing the line.] [Presidential candidates Dennis KUCINICH, Representative Richard GEPHARDT, Gen. Wesley CLARK - offer views.]