Today, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments over same-sex marriage. What happened during the hearing? Also, a look at how the arguments relate to gay divorce as much as marriage. Then, as Baltimore reels after riots and looting after the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray at the hands of police, Los Angeles considers police body cameras. But some civil rights activists aren’t happy with the proposal. We hear from both sides of the debate. Then, the filmmaker who made the new documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck talks to Madeleine about the movie and the process of making it. And finally, how did the area now called “Sawtelle Japantown” become one of the best restaurant streets in the city?
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Today, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments over same-sex marriage. The justices considered two main questions: Does the Constitution require states to recognize gay marriage? And, must states that don’t allow same sex marriage recognize gay couples who were married elsewhere? Today’s arguments actually involved four cases, wrapped into one. The justices appeared divided. We peek inside the hearing.
The arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court today aren’t just important to same-sex couples who want to marry. It’s important to gay couples who want to get divorced. Right now, because of the mishmash of state laws governing same-sex marriage, a couple who gets married in one state might find that they can’t get divorced in another. We get a primer on this odd legal limbo.
Paul Castillo, Lambda Legal
In Baltimore, schools are closed today. Police and National Guard troops are patrolling the streets, and residents are assessing the damage from last night’s rioting and looting. President Obama today said there was no excuse for it. The rioting broke out after the funeral 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who died of a spinal injury while in police custody. Gray was arrested more than two weeks ago, and still police and city officials don’t know exactly what happened. That’s renewed calls for Baltimore police to wear body cameras. It’s an issue that’s also being discussed here in Los Angeles. Today, the Los Angeles Police Commission is considering a body camera policy for the LAPD. But some civil rights activists aren’t happy with it.
In 2007, Kurt Cobain’s widow, Courtney Love, contacted documentary filmmaker Brett Morgen with the idea of making a film about her late husband. Eight years and many twists and turns later, the film Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck is showing this week until Thursday at the Arclight in Hollywood. It will also have its HBO premiere next Monday, May 4. Madeleine speaks with the filmmaker.
L.A. has a couple of locales for Japanese food. There’s Little Tokyo downtown, the South Bay, Ventura Boulevard and now Sawtelle Japantown. That’s the new name for the neighborhood once called Little Osaka. What’s the area’s history, and how did it become one of the best restaurant streets in the city?
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