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.
- 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?"
This segment aired on May 15, 2012.