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photoToday the U.S. Senate began the debate on a marriage constitutional amendment. If it passes, the amendment would define marriage as the union between a man and a woman, and would prohibit the federal recognition of same-sex marriages in America.

Democrats accuse Republicans of using the gay marriage debate as a political tool. Republicans say this debate cannot wait.

Click one of the "Listen" links to hear a conversation on the politics and constitutionality of defining marriage through the U.S. Constitution.

Guests:

Gail Chaddock, Congressional reporter, The Christian Science Monitor

Andrew Kohut, Director of the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press

Nathaniel Persily, Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School

John Harwood, National Political Editor, Wall Street Journal.

This program aired on July 12, 2004.

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