Prop 8 and Prop C: States Rights and Political Consequences
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A federal judge has overturned California's ban on same-sex marriage. Another federal judge threw out part of Arizona's tough immigration law. And voters in Missouri this week said no to a federal requirement to buy health insurance. We talk about law, politics and states' rights. On Reporter's Notebook, America's views on same-sex marriage are changing, even among evangelicals. We talk with a pollster who focuses on religion.
Banner image: Lawyers David Boies (L) and Theodore Olson celebrate the ruling to overturn Proposition 8 during a rally on August 4, 2010 in West Hollywood, California. Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
US Charges 14 Linked to Somali Terror Group ()
Al-Shabab is a radical Islamic group headquartered in Somalia. It claimed credit for bombings that killed 76 people watching a World Cup soccer match in Uganda this year. Today, US authorities charged 14 people, mostly American citizens, with crimes that include providing al-Shabab with recruits and money. Evan Perez covers the Justice Department for the Wall Street Journal.
Same-sex Marriage, Healthcare Reform and Immigration ()
A federal judge has overturned California's ban on same sex marriage, passed by 52% of the state's voters two years ago. Supporters have already appealed. The case will be in the courts for years and could be overturned, but it's still a landmark ruling, since homosexuality was illegal in some states just 10 years ago. It could be a political landmark, too, if some voters see it as another federal intrusion like the overturning of Arizona's immigration law and the requirements of healthcare reform. We look at the legal implications of yesterday's decision and the politics.
- Ralph Richard Banks: Stanford University
- Ken Warren: Professor of Political Science, St. Louis University
- Jim Lembke: Missouri State Senator (R-St Louis County)
- Richard Reuben: Professor of Law, University of Missouri School of Law
- Ezra Klein: Staff Writer, Washington Post, @ezraklein
Religious Affiliation and Gay Marriage ()
California's ban on same-sex marriage passed by 52% just two years ago. Robert Jones, CEO of the nonprofit nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute, says that if Proposition 8 were back on the ballot tomorrow, the outcome might be different.
- Robert Jones: CEO, Public Religion Research Institute
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