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Eric Bennett and Trenton Garris kiss during a demonstration to show support for President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Kevin P. Casey)
Eric Bennett and Trenton Garris kiss during a demonstration to show support for President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Kevin P. Casey)

Same-sex marriage advocates scored another minor but meaningful victory this week, in Rhode Island — Governor Lincoln Chafee signed an executive order recognizing out-of-state gay marriages, even though his state only grants same-sex couples civil unions.

These incremental developments in support of same-sex marriage, combined with President Obama's "evolution" on the matter, are all signs of slow but steady change. To some proponents, who consider same-sex marriage a civil right on par with interracial marriage, the progress remains frustratingly slow and a little too incremental.

But columnist E.J. Graff - herself married to a woman in Massachusetts - says a methodical, state-by-state approach is the most viable strategy for the marriage equality movement.

Guest:

  • E.J. Graff, resident scholar at the Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center, contributing editor and daily columnist for The American Prospect, author of "What Is Marriage For?"

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This segment aired on May 15, 2012.

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