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1. Preview the vocabulary and read the gapfill text.
2. Play the news report and try to fill in the blanks.
3. Answer the comprehension questions by writing full sentences.
4. Use the discussion question to write an essay or discuss the story with other students.
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6. Pretend to be a news anchor by reading each story out loud.

dateline: 30 June 2015

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Same-Sex Marriage Legal Across US

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • Supreme Court: the highest federal court (US)
  • legal: allowed by law
  • struggle: fight
  • entitled: deserving of the right to have or do something
  • benefits: advantages, such as tax savings or lower health care costs
  • conservative: traditional; careful about change
  • deny: to prevent someone from getting or doing something

Same-Sex Marriage Legal Across US

On June 26, 2015, the US Supreme Court made a ruling that caught the world’s attention. Same-sex marriages are now legal across the US. The came after an Ohio man’s struggle to have his name placed on his husband’s . The court ruled that same-sex American couples are entitled to all of the same benefits as heterosexual couples, including the right to have their out-of-state marriage licenses recognized as legal. This means that conservative US states can prevent same-sex marriages or deny same-sex married couples marital benefits. The US is the 21st country to legalize same-sex marriage as a nation.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What decision did the US Supreme Court make last week?
  2. Why does the report mention a man from Ohio?
  3. What can’t conservative US states do now?

Discussion Questions: Some social media sites introduced special “rainbow” features on the day of this historic ruling. These features allowed users to show their support of the right to love freely. Did/would you use this type of feature to promote your personal views on a social media network? Why, or why not?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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