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?
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?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
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.