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The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a lower-court ruling that California's ban on same-sex marriage violates the US Constitution. But it's hardly all over. Today’s decision could face another 9th Circuit review or go straight to Washington. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, zero sum politics in the age of austerity.

Banner image: Same-sex couple Frank Capley-Alfano (L) and Joe Capley-Alfano kiss as they celebrate outside of San Francisco City Hall on February 7, 2012 in San Francisco, California. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Sonya Geis
Karen Radziner

Main Topic Will Proposition 8 Make the US Supreme Court? 19 MIN, 23 SEC

A panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals released a two-to-one decision today: Proposition 8, California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, is unconstitutional. The ruling is narrow and applies only to California, but is very likely to be appealed to the US Supreme Court. We get a legal assessment and hear from both sides.

Guests:
Jennifer Pizer, UCLA
Andrew Pugno, ProtectMarriage.com
John Duran, former Mayor of West Hollywood (@JohnDuran)

Reporter's Notebook All Staff and Teachers Removed at Miramonte Elementary 12 MIN, 39 SEC

The entire faculty and staff of LA Unified's Miramonte Elementary School have been removed while accusations of bizarre sex-abuse are fully investigated. They'll be replaced by others specially trained to take over a school facing outraged parents and an avalanche of bad publicity. Superintendent John Deasy met with parents last night and emphasized to reporters that the actions being taken should not be seen "as a condemnation of an entire staff," but an attempt to "support staff, and simultaneously determine if there are individuals who have done something wrong."

Guests:
Sam Allen, Los Angeles Times (@samallens)
Thomas Lyon, USC

Guest Interview Zero-Sum Politics in an Age of Austerity 20 MIN, 37 SEC

Zero-Sum Politics in an Age of AusterityIt's no surprise that older Americans have accumulated more wealth and earn more income than their children and grandchildren. But a recent study shows the gap is growing much faster than previously reported. The growing federal deficit and demands for spending cuts create a sense of scarcity that's pitting Americans against one another.  We look at the impact of that and other "fault lines" between Americans in this election year.

Guests:
Richard Fry, Pew Research Center
Tom Edsall, Columbia School of Journalism (@Edsall)
Theda Skocpol, Harvard University
Fred Lynch, Claremont McKenna College (@CMCtoday)

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