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Lack Of Support Puts The Brakes On High-Speed Rail

The first high-speed Amtrak trains outside of the Northeast Corridor are racing through parts of Michigan at 110 mph. But President Obama's ambitious high-speed rail initiative is otherwise in a slowdown mode, since lawmakers and some governors have not embraced the program.

Gay Republicans Still Look For Romney's Support

One group watching Mitt Romney's position on same-sex marriage closely is the Log Cabin Republicans, a group that advocates for gay rights. Founder Rich Tafel says the presumptive GOP presidential candidate needs to show some support if he hopes to win valuable swing voters this fall.

Same-Sex Marriage Back In National Spotlight

Gay marriage is back in the headlines: President Obama followed Vice President Joe Biden and Education Secretary Arne Duncan in expressing support for same-sex marriage this week. Meanwhile, voters in North Carolina passed an amendment to their constitution that defines marriage as between a man and a woman only. Weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz talks with two supporters of the amendment, Tami Fitzgerald of Vote for Marriage North Carolina and Pastor Patrick Wooden. He also speaks with Richard Tafel, founder of Log Cabin Republicans, a group that advocates for the rights of gays and lesbians.

Romney Treads Lightly In Speech To Liberty Grads

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney struggled to attract the support of evangelical voters during the Republican primary season. On Saturday, he traveled to an evangelical citadel: Liberty University, founded by the late Jerry Falwell. In delivering the school's commencement address, Romney largely stayed clear of politics — with the exception of his biggest applause line. Weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz talks with NPR's Ari Shapiro.

How TV Brought Gay People Into Our Homes

From Will and Grace to Modern Family, studies show getting to know gay characters on television has changed Americans' attitudes toward homosexuality. One researcher says it's an effect that could snowball.

Breastfeeding Images Turn Heads At Any Age

The Time magazine cover of a mother breastfeeding her 3-year-old unleashed a deluge of opinions. What is it about the image that makes people squirm, the child's age or just breastfeeding at all?

Obama's Gay Marriage Evolution: A Societal Shift?

As the debate over the political calculations behind President Obama's endorsement of gay marriage continue, Host Scott Simon checks in with acclaimed novelist and screenwriter Armistead Maupin to talk about this as a cultural moment.

The Bigger Picture Of Indiana's Senate Race

Host Scott Simon talks with Indiana-based pollster and political analyst Brian Howey about the Indiana Senate race after the loss of six-term Sen. Richard Lugar.