After the President’s endorsement, what’s next in the battle for same-sex marriage?

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Connor Teige, 12, shows his support of President Barack Obama's endorsement of same sex marriage on Thursday, May 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Kevin P. Casey)

Hour 2

Last week, in a decision that may come with real political risks, President Obama publicly announced his support for gay marriage.  Since taking office, the President had frequently expressed his personal struggles with the issue but at the same time had signaled his support of gay rights through a variety of policies in favor of gay rights.  While the President’s support is considered highly significant in the battle for the civil rights of gays and lesbians, there is still work to be done when it comes to full protection under the law, including the right to marry.  In this hour of Radio Times, we explore the political ramifications of the President’s decision and look at the legal challenges that remain. Our guests are CLARKE COOPER, executive director of Log Cabin Republicans, and TOBIAS BARRINGTON WOLFF, professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania who served as the chief advisor and spokesperson on LGBT issues for Barack Obama throughout his 2007-08 presidential campaign.

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