Same-sex marriage is now legal in 17 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. That's good news for gay and lesbian couples, who are now happily planning their weddings, and for the photographers, caterers, entertainers and other vendors in the wedding industry who are happy to help them celebrate the event. Expositions targeting this new market are becoming more popular, as VOA's Deborah Block discovered in Baltimore, Maryland.
Many analysts agree there is a wide economic divide in the United States between the destitute and the wealthy, and they say it's not getting any better. But there are differing opinions about what led the country to this divide, and whether President Barack Obama can do anything to close the gap, as he suggested Tuesday in his State of the Union address. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti went out to examine this divide between rich and poor.