The Washington Post kicked off a series of five Google Hangouts Wednesday to examine the state of marriage in America.

The goal is to look at marriage in light of the Supreme Court hearing two cases: 1) a challenge to California's Proposition 8 which banned gay marriage and 2) a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act. Both cases are expected to be heard by the Court next week.

Jonathan Capehart will continue the series today by hosting the Hangout, "Is this the new civil rights movement?" Guests include:

Jon Cohen, The Washington Post
Winnie Stachelberg,
Center for American Progress
Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks,
National Black Justice Coalition
Lanae Erickson Hatalsky,
Third Way

The other scheduled Google hangouts include:

* "Keeping faith: The role religion plays in the gay marriage debate" hosted by WaPo's Elizabeth Tenety. (Friday 3/22 at 2 pm)

* "Getting Real: What are the real-life impacts of these decisions?" hosted by WaPo's Nia Malika Henderson (Tuesday 3/26 at 2 pm)

* "Arguments made - What now?" hosted by The Fix (Wednesday 3/27 at 2 pm)

We want to hear from you! Send questions to #stateofourunions and we will put as many of them to our panels as possible!