A bill that would create civil unions cleared its first hurdle in the state house yesterday. Supporters of the measure say it’s a major step forward to create equal rights under the law for same sex couples. But opponents worry it would undermine the traditional family unit of a mom and a dad. Bente Birkeland describes what was at times, an emotional hearing at the state capitol.

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July 7, 2015 | NPR · Walk down a street in Peru and you’ll likely see an example of the glow-in-the-dark posters and murals. Lots of people love them. But the upper crust — and the government — aren’t impressed.
 

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