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If women are equal under the law, then bans on same-sex marriage are state-approved discrimination. We look at that and other arguments used by a federal judge to throw out Proposition 8 in California and set off arguments we’ll be hearing for a long time. Also, the House interrupts its six-week recess to vote on money to states, and girls may be reaching puberty earlier than before.  We look at the possible reasons and the challenges.

Banner image: Robin Tyler (2nd R) and Diane Olson (R), the first lesbian couple to have legally married in California, attend a rally to celebrate the ruling to overturn Proposition 8 on August 4, 2010 in West Hollywood, California. Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Gay Marriage

Jonathan Rauch

Making News House Vote on Money to States 7 MIN, 47 SEC

The House of Representatives has rushed back to Capitol Hill, interrupting a six-week recess for a one-day session expected to approve a bill passed by the Senate late last week. It would provide governors and other state officials with $26 billion to help stave off painful cuts to public services. Ross Eisenbrey is vice president of the Economic Policy Institute, a liberal think-tank.

Ross Eisenbrey, Vice President, Economic Policy Institute

Main Topic Same-Sex Marriage, Tradition and the Status of Women 35 MIN, 9 SEC

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.

Dahlia Lithwick, Legal Affairs correspondent for Slate (@dahlialithwick)
Audrey Bilger, Claremont McKenna College (@AudreyBilger)
William May, Catholics for the Common Good (@ccgaction)
Jonathan Rauch, Brookings Institution (@jon_rauch)
Brian Brown, National Organization for Marriage (@briansbrown)

Reporter's Notebook Girls Hitting Puberty Earlier than Ever 7 MIN, 49 SEC

A flood of reports over the past ten years have raised heated debate about whether girls are reaching puberty earlier than they used to. Why is that happening? What are the challenges for girls with a child's mind in a woman's body? What are the functions of obesity, exposure to industrial chemicals and race? Those are just some of the issues being debated by scientists according to a new study reported in the New York Times. Denise Grady wrote the story.

Denise Grady, Reporter, New York Times

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