FROM Andrew Pugno
Will Proposition 8 Make the US Supreme Court? 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.
Proposition 8 Goes to Federal Court In 2008, the State Supreme Court revoked a law declaring same-sex marriage illegal in California. Months later, the voters passed Proposition 8 , overturning the court decision. In the meantime, 15,000 same sex couples were married. Next Monday in San Francisco, Prop 8 will be challenged as a violation of rights protected by the constitution of the United States.
Gay Rights, Voters' Will The state constitution promises equal protection to all Californians. Last summer, the State Supreme Court ruled that means same-sex couples can legally marry . On Tuesday, the voters passed Proposition 8 , which banned same-sex marriage by amending the constitution—or did it? Yesterday, three separate lawsuits were filed, contending that Prop 8 was not an amendment at all but an illegal revision.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.