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          Same-Sex Marriage Reaction

          May 29, 2009

          Recently, the California Supreme Court upheld Proposition 8, a controversial measure banning same-sex marriage passed by voters in November 2008. The current ruling states that the ban is constitutional, but the state’s 18,000 existing same-sex marriages will stand. Dr. Phil and his panel of distinguished guests continue their discussion of this controversial topic.

          In support of gay marriage is attorney Gloria Allred, president of the Human Rights Campaign, and equal rights advocate Joe Solmonese, and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. Opposing gay marriage is pastor of Skyline Church in San Diego County Jim Garlow, president of the National Organization for Marriage Margaret Gallagher and co-campaign manager for the Yes on 8 Campaign Jeff Flint.

          “We’ve been talking about same-sex marriage in, not just California, but across the United States because it’s been taken up affirmatively in a number of states. It’s an issue about which people feel very, very passionately. My goal today is to try to advance the dialogue, advance the rhetoric,” Dr. Phil says. “I think this is all about family in America. I’m trying to use this platform to provide some leadership in understanding this issue, and I’ve tried to put together a very distinguished panel, so I can talk about this in a fair and balanced way. And I think thus far we’ve done that, and I want to thank all of you for your views and opinions on this.”

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