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Ann Landers Biography

Late Advice Columnist
Con to the question "Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?"

“I believe that same-sex couples should be entitled to the legal rights that married couples enjoy…. But, my friend, that is as far as I want to go. I define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Before you gay-rights folks land on me with both feet, I would like to remind you that I have been supportive of your movement for many years, have withstood a great deal of criticism in the process and have risked the wrath of some editors and publishers. I cannot support same-sex marriage, however, because it flies in the face of cultural and traditional family life as we have known it for centuries. And that’s where I must draw the line. Sorry.”

“Ask Ann Landers,” Chicago Tribune, July 21, 1996

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Advice columnist, 1955-2002
  • Boardmember, National Cancer Institute, 1980-1986
  • Albert Lasker Award for Public Service, Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, 1985
  • President’s Commission on Drunk Driving Boardmember, 1981
  • Former Member, Advisory Committee to the Director, National Institutes of Health
  • Former Party Chair, Eau Claire County, Wisconsin, Democratic Party
  • Attended Morningside College
  • Died on June 22, 2002
  • Real name: Esther Pauline Friedman Lederer
  • David Rambo wrote the play “The Lady With All the Answers” about her life in 2006
  • Her twin sister wrote a similar advice column titled “Dear Abby”