California's Prop 8 at the Supreme Court
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California voters banned same-sex marriage 5 years ago, but federal courts declared it unconstitutional. Tomorrow, the US Supreme Court will hear arguments for and against Proposition 8. What are the court's options? Also, surprising turns over this past weekend in the campaign for Mayor of Los Angeles. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, bugs, drugs and super-bugs: the bacteria that resist antibiotics.
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Mayoral Candidates Tug-of-War over Labor ()
The race for Mayor of Los Angeles has become a stage for the politics of unionized public employees: the building trades unions, the hotel workers, and the Brotherhood of Electrical Workers at the Department of Water and Power. Eric Garcetti is said to be the candidate they feel closer to—so why are they supporting Wendy Gueuel. Jim Newton is editor at large and columnist for the LA Times.
The US Supreme Court and Same-Sex Marriage ()
Five years ago, voters passed Proposition 8, banning same-sex marriage in California. A federal judge in San Francisco declared it unconstitutional, and his decision was upheld by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Tomorrow, the issue will be argued before US Supreme Court in Washington. We hear from an opponent and a gay male wife with two children. (We also hear from other supporters of same-sex marriage, who gathered last night at Los Angeles City Hall. KCRW's Saul Gonzalez spoke with Councilman-elect Mike Bonin of West LA, and with Debra and Karen Zimmerman, a Los Angeles couple who were married in Canada.)
- Adam Liptak: New York Times, @adamliptak
- John Eastman: Chapman University Law School, @nomupdate
- John Ireland: Popluck Club
Hollywood Helps Swing Public Opinion on Prop 8 ()
Dustin Lance Black won an Oscar for his screenplay for Milk, the film about gay rights leader Harvey Milk of San Francisco. He's also author of 8, which opened on Broadway in 2011. It's based on transcripts from the trial that led federal judge Vaughn Walker to declare Proposition 8 unconstitutional.
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