FROM Ralph Richard Banks
Should More African American Women Marry Outside Their Race? Despite beauty, education and professional accomplishments, black women are the least married group in America. We talk with a black man who has the answer: marry non-black men. Ralph Richard Banks is a professor of law at Stanford University, who's published the book, Is Marriage for White People? : How the African American Marriage Decline Affects Everyone. His sister, Sandy Banks, will be familiar to our audience as a columnist for the Los Angeles Times .
Prop 8 and Prop C: States Rights and Political Consequences Two years ago, 52% of California voters banned same-sex marriage , a ruling upheld by the State Supreme Court. But yesterday, a federal judge in San Francisco ruled that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional . 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 .
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.
The Prop 8 Arguments Are Over, Now It's Up to the Judge California voters passed Proposition 8 by a 52% majority in 2008, limiting marriage to one man and one woman, and effectively banning same-sex marriage. In 2009, the California Supreme Court upheld Prop 8 , but allowed existing same-sex marriages to stand. In the most recent Constitutional challenge , for two weeks in January, Federal Judge Vaughn Walker heard testimony for and against. Today he heard four hours of closing arguments. In California's 100-year-old initiative process, how often has "the will of the people" been overturned by a judge? Will this case go before the Supreme Court?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
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.