April's IN THE LIFE: Marriage Equality Movement's Progress and Challenges in "Backlash or Evolution?"

This month on the longest running television series highlighting LGBT issues and culture, IN THE LIFE reports on marriage for gay and lesbian couples, first visiting Iowa and covering the efforts of both supporters and the opposition, and later taking a look at increasing support for marriage equality across the nation. This April, IN THE LIFE presents “The Importance of Being Iowa,” which travels to the state where some right-wing conservatives have responded to victories for marriage equality by using unprecedented tactics to repeal marriage for gay and lesbian couples. From removing three of the Iowa Supreme Court judges whose ruling allowed marriage equality, to pushing a constitutional amendment through their legislature to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman, those who oppose marriage equality have spent huge sums of money in a campaign that poses an important question to the rest of the country: should voters be allowed to decide whether gay and lesbian couples can get married? Then, as progress is met with resisting efforts that fuel the debate over marriage equality at the state and federal levels, IN THE LIFE presents “Backlash or Evolution?” This report finds that, while victories and defeats ebb and flow state by state, public support for marriage equality is edging upward, finding the highest levels of support in the history of polls about the acceptance of marriage equality. You can watch the full episode below, or on the IN THE LIFE website.