The Messages Behind the Gay Marriage Battle

Friday, June 28, 2013


The next battles over gay marriage will happen in the states where each side has changed and refined their messaging over the past few years. Brooke talks with Amy Mitchell from the Pew Research Project for Excellence in Journalism about the growing acceptance of gay marriage. Also, gay marriage advocate and researcher David Dodge explains that pro-gay marriage campaigns have only recently found messages that work. 

B. Fleischmann - Lemmings


David Dodge and Amy Mitchell

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Brooke Gladstone

Comments [6]


opponents of legal marriage for same sex couples have lost the the culture on the issue. the jerk offs at the misnamed "national organization for marriage" really need to accept this fact and go away. more than half of all americans are in support of ssm with the vast majority of the younger generations in support. the only reason we have seen anti-ssm laws pass in recent years is due to the prejudice of the older generations and their high voter turnout was ceased upon by the active bigots in groups like nom. but they have lost the culture war, and it is only a matter of time - whether one likes it or not - that marriages for same sex couples will the legally recognized in every state of the nation. and please, anti-gay people, will you acknowledge this and spend your time and money on something else!

Jul. 06 2013 03:04 PM
Ramesh from NY

I should add that media gives too much real-estate to Gay issues compared to other issues affecting lot more citizens. Hope media gets back to normal coverage.

Jul. 02 2013 10:48 PM
Ramesh from NY

In case of Gay marriage, media is more influenced by peoples' opinion than business lobby's opinion. In the issues related to Gun control, War, Pharma and Banking the business lobby have lot of money at stake so the lobbies drive the media coverage through paid consultants. I do not see such large scale business interest backing anti-Gay marriage ideas. In fact it is the other way, there is more money to be made by legalizing gay marriage. Ex: we can have gay divorce lawyers, florist etc....

Jul. 02 2013 10:44 PM
Brian Barnes from Austin, Texas

Bias on NPR?

What is more important for NPR to report on than the economy, President, Obama, security, environment, government, health care, immigration, military, religion, energy, cancer, taxes, crime, terrorism, poverty, warming, unemployment, pollution or deficit??? "GAY"!

Google NPR * with each of these terms and you will find that gay gets 65.4 MILLION hits, more than anything in the above laundry list. “Economy” gets 65.1M. Which is more important to Americans?

Per a “most important problem” poll conducted this month by Gallop, “gay issues” scored 26th with < 1% and a Rasmussen poll did not mention gay issues in the top 15 “very important issues” among “likely voters”.

Is there anything more important to NPR than GAY issues? I could only find 2 things; war with 78M and education with 71.4M.

Is this predilection to report on gay issues a service to the public or cheerleading for one of their Poobah’s pet causes?

Before the inevitable hetero-bashing begins, let me state that I have a sister who is probably one of the 3 gayest persons in California, I live in Austin, Texas, a gay bastion second only to SF Cal and I have many GLBT friends and coworkers whom I respect and get along with. I just happened to notice that NPR can not go an hour without having another gay feature story.

Check by searching for “gay” today: 38 hits! Given that they repeat each story ~10 times per day, that’s a gay story every 3.8 minutes on average 24/7! Am I tuned in to National GLBT Radio? Am I the only one who has noticed this?

Can we have a bit more unbiased, relevant, real news and less campaigning to sway the American people to see things the true, correct and righteous NPR way, please.

Jun. 30 2013 01:27 PM
ex from USA

The next battles over gay marriage will happen in the states where each side has changed and refined their messaging over the past few years.

Jun. 30 2013 04:17 AM

Interesting piece! I only wish I heard more discussion in the media (especially this week) about how gay marriage fits into the larger LGBT social movement. I think you could do a whole episode on the politicization and mainstream-ification of gay marriage as a LGBT issue over the past few decades, and the rifts that have deepened between gay men (primarily white, middle-/upper-class) and the rest of the movement. In particular, how the political decision by mainstream groups like HRC to focus on marriage equality (and whose "messaging" process is well reflected by your guest) to the exclusion of trans/gender identity issues has shaped the current national dialogue, which mostly equates marriage equality with LGBT rights.

Jun. 29 2013 02:30 PM

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