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Best Of Live Law 3

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

What's love got to do with the law? Then again, what's the law got to do with falling in love? From coast to coast, Life of the Law occasionally takes to the stage with LIVE LAW to present true, first-person stories about how the law shapes and tran...

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Radio Rookies

Battling Homophobia at East Side Community School

Saturday, June 29, 2013

At East Side Community School homophobia isn’t tolerated. Kids say that teasing and bullying are rare and when it does happen, teachers and fellow students get involved to stop it. The school has an active gay-straight alliance club, “Rainbow Bright”, and teachers strive to be inclusive in their curricula and language. But not all schools are so supportive of LGTBQ students and homophobia is everywhere.  Four East Side students want to find out what actually helps homophobic people change their minds to become more accepting.

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WNYC News

Queens, the Bronx See Rise in Anti-Gay Attacks

Friday, May 24, 2013

The recent spate of anti-gay hate crimes has shocked many in the gay community. According to police, these crimes have more than doubled so far this year from 14 to 29, and most have been in Manhattan. But gay advocacy organizations say, and police acknowledge, that much of what happens never makes it into a police report. 

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The Takeaway

In My Experience: Larry Kramer

Thursday, April 28, 2011

This spring, we’re having discussions some of America’s most fascinating elder statesmen: older Americans who are long past retirement age, but who are nonetheless still working to change how we live and work in this country. We’re calling this series “In My Experience.” Today, our guest is screenwriter, novelist, essayist, playwright, and gay rights activist, Larry Kramer. The Broadway revival of his 1985 critically acclaimed play “The Normal Heart,” opened this week.

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WNYC News

Gays Protest Jury Duty Over Lack of Equality

Friday, March 11, 2011

It appears that gays protesting for equal rights have a new message: that they can't serve as impartial jurors when called to serve.

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The Takeaway

President Obama Changes Course on Defense Of Marriage Act

Thursday, February 24, 2011

President Barack Obama declared the Defense Of Marriage Act unconstitutional yesterday, and ordered the Justice Department to no longer defend it. The act, which was signed into law in by President Bill Clinton back in 1996, barred any federal recognition of same-sex marriages. Reactions were split between Democrats and Republicans. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), said, "while Americans want Washington to focus on creating jobs and cutting spending the president will have to explain why he thinks now is the appropriate time to stir up a controversial issue that sharply divides the nation."

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The Takeaway

The Prayer Campaign for a Slain Ugandan Gay Rights Activist

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Today is the National Prayer Breakfast, an annual event attended by President Obama and organized by “The Family,” a Washington-based fellowship of Christian politicians. “The Family” is also known for its close affiliation with the Ugandan politicians who proposed making homosexuality a capital offense. A coalition of religious leaders are now calling on President Obama to recite a prayer for David Kato, a prominent, Ugandan gay rights activist who was bludgeoned to death in January, at the National Prayer Breakfast today. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

DADT - Implementing the Repeal

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Kevin Baron, Pentagon reporter for Stars and Stripes, discusses how the repeal of "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" will be implemented. Also, Michelle McCluer, executive director of the National Institute of Military Justice at American University Washington College of Law, addresses the complications that will arise around re-enlisting military members that were involuntarily discharged under DADT.

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The Complexities of Repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

When you talk about integrating females or integrating the races, that was something that was visible...and I submit that it may actually be less of a disruptance, less upheaval in the military with this change because unless an individual basically outs themselves...so I really think there's going to be less of a problem, less of an issue than the historical context we brought up.

- Michelle McCluer, executive director of the National Institute of Military Justice at American University Washington College of Law, on The Brian Lehrer Show

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The Brian Lehrer Show

DADT Repealed

Monday, December 20, 2010

Commander Beth Coye, former naval officer and author of My Navy Tooreacts to the repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy affecting gay servicemen and women.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Human Rights: Europe's Roma and Uganda's Gays

Friday, October 22, 2010

Viktória Mohácsi, Roma activist and former Hungarian member of the European Parliament, and Julius Kaggwa, Ugandan lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) activist and director of Support Initiative for People with Atypical Sex Development, talk about their work being recognized by Human Rights First.

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WNYC News

Enraged at Apology, Rabbi Drops Paladino Endorsement

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

"Which part of the speech you gave to the Jewish community are you apologizing for, Mr. Paladino?" began the Orthodox Jewish Rabbi Yehuda Levin as he withdrew his endorsement of Carl Paladino's gubernatorial campaign on Wednesday. The Rabbi was outraged by the candidate's apology for anti-gay remarks he made over the weekend.

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The Takeaway

After Spate of Anti-Gay Bullying, Dan Savage Says 'It Gets Better'

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Dan Savage's message is simple: It Gets Better. The message is to teens coming to grips with sexuality issues and his video project is a call for gay adults around the world to tell their stories. The project and YouTube channel comes as a spate of anti-gay harassment has been making headlines, especially the death of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi, who jumped off a bridge in New York last month after his roommate outed him on the internet.

Just days earlier, Billy Lucas, 15, of Greensburg, Ind. hanged himself after being taunted by classmates for being gay. Before that, Justin Aaberg, 15, of Andover, Minn. met the same fate.

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The Takeaway

Florida Court Declares Gay Adoption Ban Unconstitutional

Friday, September 24, 2010

Last week, things looked a lot different for aspiring gay and lesbian parents in Florida, where a ban on adoption by gay couples has been in place since the 1970s. But after 13 months, the Third District Court of Appeal in Miami struck down the ban, saying it was unconstitutional. One of the people rejoicing today is former television anchor Charles Perez, who joined us last week to talk about the ban.

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The Takeaway

Lady Gaga and Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Lady Gaga has taken it upon herself to become an advocate for gay rights, especially for those serving in the military, by becoming extremely vocal in having 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' repealed.

But is Lady Gaga the right person for the job, and is she someone gay service men and women want?

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The Takeaway

How the Media Went Gaga Over Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Just two weeks ago, advocates for the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell had something to be optimistic about.  After nearly two decades of fighting what they think of as a fundamentally flawed, bigoted, and unjust policy by the nation’s military, it finally seemed as if the federal government was catching up to their way of thinking.  Flying in the face of the foot dragging and lip service campaign that has been the Obama administration’s effort to repeal the policy, a federal judge ruled DADT unconstitutional, saying the policy violated the rights of gays and lesbians in uniform and had a “direct and deleterious effect” on the military.  Four days later, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced that he would include a provision to allow the Defense Department to end the policy in a defense spending bill that would be voted on the following week.

Republicans, of course, cried foul.  The stage was set for yet another exhausting and bitterly partisan brawl in the Senate.  A number of political observers said that the Democrats had a good shot of repealing DADT this time around.  And then something peculiar happened.

 

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The Takeaway

Federal Judge Rules 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Unconstitutional

Friday, September 10, 2010

A federal judge in California overturned the 17 year old policy that affects the ability of gay men and lesbians to serve in the military late on Thursday. Judge Virginia A. Phillips ruled the policy known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" unconstitutional, saying the rule violates the rights of gay people and has a "direct and deleterious effect" on the military. Don't Ask, Don't Tell bars gay people in the armed services from disclosing their sexual orientations.

Judge Phillips said she would issue an injunction barring the government from enforcing the rule. Legal observers expect the decision to be stayed pending an appeal.

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The Takeaway

President of the National Organization for Marriage on Prop 8 Ruling

Thursday, August 05, 2010

California's same-sex marriage ban was struck down as unconstitutional yesterday. Chief U.S. Judge Vaughn Walker overturned the voter-approved ban, Proposition 8. The ruling is currently limited to California, but will go to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and could eventually end up in the United States Supreme Court.

Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage speaks out against the judge's ruling.

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The Takeaway

Proposition 8 Overturned; One California Couple Celebrates

Thursday, August 05, 2010

The fight for same-sex marriage in California has been a long one. In 2004, Gavin Newsom surprised the state by opening marriage licenses to all couples, gay or straight. It was quickly shut down, but it opened up a flood of lawsuits. In June 2008, the California Supreme Court overturned the same-sex marriage ban. However, just a few months after, on November 8, a ballot measure called proposition 8 was passed by 52 percent of voters, and it officially defined marriage in California as between a man and a woman. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Time to Revise Blood Donation Rules?

Monday, August 02, 2010

Nathan Schaefer, director of public policy for GMHC, and Mark Skinner, president of the World Federation of Hemophilia, discuss advocacy efforts to revise blood donation guidelines for gay men.

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