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FROM THIS EPISODE
In a San Francisco federal court this week, a witness testified on tape that, if California’s ban on same-sex marriage is repealed, “children would suddenly find homosexuality irresistible.” The lawyers who want the ban overturned really wanted the judge to hear that. Is same-sex marriage banned because of ancient tradition or because of discrimination against gays and lesbians? What’s it like for gay and lesbian parents, and their children, to have their legitimacy challenged in such a public forum? Are the courts being asked to rule on broad social issues rather than questions of Constitutional law?
Margaret Talbot, Staff Writer, New Yorker
Barry Friedman, Vice Dean, New York University Law School
William Duncan, Director, Marriage Law Foundation
Jennifer Chrisler, Executive Director, Family Equality Council
Public opposition has been growing for months, but today the state auctioned off the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. The Governor and other proponents of privatizing public assets predicted a price between $90 and $80 million. The high bid was $6 million, from Craig Realty Group of Newport Beach.
When voters passed $10 billion in bonds to jump-start a San Diego-San Francisco high-speed rail, promoters claimed it would haul 50 million people a year and generate a $1.1 billion surplus. But putting together a business plan hasn’t been easy. Projections of money and ridership have been reduced, but the latest plan doesn’t adequately consider the risk that even scaled-down predictions might be wrong, according to the California Legislative Analyst’s Office.
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