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Equal rights advocates are now targeting legal discrimination against gays and lesbians in employment, housing and parenthood. At the same time, religious libertarians say they need protection against new demands created by same-sex marriage.

Also, BP and Gulf states settle for nearly $18.7 billion. On today’s Talking Point, a former Israeli diplomat says President Obama deliberately damaged US relations with Israel.  

Photo: Andrea Parrish-Geyer

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Benjamin Gottlieb
Evan George

BP, Gulf States Settle for Nearly $18.7 Billion 6 MIN, 30 SEC

The worst marine oil spill in history has led to an unprecedented environmental penalty. British Petroleum will pay $18.7 billion to five states and the federal government for the Deepwater Horizon disaster of 2010. David Hammer is an investigative reporter for WWL-TV, the CBS affiliate in New Orleans.

Guests:
David Hammer, WWL-TV (@davidhammerWWL)

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Restore Act

Can Gay Marriage Co-Exist with Religious Freedom? 31 MIN, 47 SEC

The US Supreme Court has made same-sex marriage the law of the land, but discrimination against gays and lesbians is still alive and well. That’s the next target of the movement for equal rights. But what about the right of religion? Supreme Court dissenters warned about a kind of reverse discrimination against sincere believers that same sex marriage is unacceptable. Is there a way to prevent conflict between two basic entitlements, so that two rights don’t produce many wrongs?

Guests:
Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times (@mollyhf)
Casey Davis, Casey County, Kentucky
Douglas Laycock, University of Virginia (@UVALaw)
Douglas NeJaime, UCLA Law School (@WilliamsPolicy)
Jonathan Rauch, Brookings Institution (@jon_rauch)

More:
Hennessy-Fiske on states, localities grappling with same-sex marriage decision
NeJaime on same-sex relationships, religious exemptions, sexual orientation discrimination
Rauch on the Mormon-LGBT compromise in Utah
Rausch's 'Gay Marriage: Why It's Good for Gays, Good for Straights and Good for America'
Rausch's 'Denial: My 25 Years without a Soul' (Kindle)

The US-Israeli Relationship in Crisis 11 MIN, 35 SEC

Even before Prime Minister Netanyahu criticized President Obama in an address to Congress, it was no secret that US relations with Israel are not what they used to be. Now Israel's former Ambassador to the US is accused of "pouring fuel on the fire" with a new book claiming that President Obama has deliberately caused a rift between two long-time allies. Is he asking American Jews to choose between Israel and their President? We talk with Michael Oren.

Guests:
Michael Oren, Israeli Knesset

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