FROM Brian Brown
A Tipping Point for Same-Sex Marriage? Ten days ago a federal district court in Utah upheld the constitutional right of same-sex couples to marry, essentially calling it a "fundamental right." If the ruling stands, Utah will become the 18th state in the nation to permit such unions, twice as many as there were last summer when the Supreme Court stopped short of taking a definitive stand on the issue. Some activists see this immediate victory in the Mormon stronghold state as a turning point for gay rights. Opponents are decrying judicial activism, and Utah is planning its appeal to the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, cases in 17 other states are challenging the gay marriage ban. Where do Americans stand on the issue? By this time next year will same-sex marriage be the norm in America? How are opponents of same sex marriage working to ensure it dies not?
Same-Sex Marriage, Gender and the Prop 8 Ruling Same-sex marriage has become a national issue since federal Judge Vaughn Walker overturned Proposition 8 , in which California voters banned a practice that had only been legal for a few months. One aspect of Walker's ruling that has been overlooked is the role played by the women's movement. We hear from two journalists and a well-known scholar who's married to another man, but still says the judge's decision was too much, too soon.
Same-Sex Marriage, Tradition and the Status of Women If women are equal under the law, then a ban on same-sex marriage is legalized discrimination . That was part of last week's ruling against Proposition 8 in California. Federal Judge Vaughn Walker relied more on the women's movement than he did on gay rights. Are his arguments likely to fly in the US Supreme Court? Is marriage a union of equals? What about the basic traditions of major religions? Are voters wrong to assert those values over the strict rules of law? Should the tyranny of the majority prevail over minority rights? Should such decisions be made by judges or by the political process? We look at some of the basic disputes set off by Walker's decision as it begins the long road through the federal courts.
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.