Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
The Supreme Court hears a case today seeking to determine if the free speech rights of people who sign a ballot petition are violated if those names and addresses are publicly disclosed. In the case of Doe v. Reed, people who signed a ballot petition to end same-sex domestic partnerships argue they will be subject to harassment and retaliation if the state allows their personal information to be disclosed. Today's case is just one of several the Supreme Court is hearing regarding the constitutional scope of free speech and the First Amendment.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
With the passing of civil rights leaders, in any social movement — civil rights, gay rights, women's rights — Can younger people appreciate the way things used to be, or will they take earlier accomplishments for granted? And is taking things for granted a good thing; is it a sign of real progress?
Monday, April 19, 2010
Can a public university deny funding to a Christian student group if the group refuses to allow gay students to vote or take on leadership roles? That's the question being asked in the case coming before the U.S. Supreme Court: Christian Legal Society v. Martinez. In the case, the University of California's Hastings College of the Law's chapter of the Christian Legal Society was told it would be not recognized by the school if it did allow gay members to join, vote and take on leadership roles in the group. CLS is suing the school in a First Amendment case that goes before the Supreme Court on Monday.
Friday, April 16, 2010
The White House has issed an order to the Department of Health and Human Services that would stop hospitals from being able to deny same-sex partners visitation rights. The new rule changes a policy that has long wrangled gay rights groups, who say equal visitation rights are long-overdue. One case, where a Miami woman was denied visitation for more than eight hours to her partner, reportedly moved the president in his decision.
Wednesday, March 03, 2010
Later this morning, Washington, D.C.'s marriage equality law goes into effect, allowing the city’s gay and lesbian citizens to legally apply for marriage licenses. Some officials expect as many as 200 people to decend on City Hall to apply. In the political battle leading up to passing the local legislation, some interesting alliances were formed.
Thursday, February 04, 2010
This week, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen said they are prepared to repeal the controversial "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy on gay and lesbian service members. We talk with Michael Hyacinthe, who served in a Navy construction battalion from 1997-2005, about why he thinks the policy should be overturned.
Wednesday, February 03, 2010
Yesterday, top military brass announced their desire to see "Don’t Ask Don’t Tell" laws investigated, and ultimately repealed. But not everybody who wears the uniform agrees. Over 1000 former military officials signed a document expressing their wariness of any type of reform to the culture of the armed forces. We talk to Ret. Col. David F. Bedey a 30-year Army veteran, who says that the U.S. military has a lot more to lose than it has to gain by repealing current legal restrictions.
Monday, January 11, 2010
The fight over gay marriage resumes in California today with Perry v. Schwarzenegger ... and you may be able to watch it on YouTube, tonight. Two same sex-couples are suing the enforcers of California's Proposition 8 on grounds that the gay marriage ban violates their federal constitutional rights. This might lay the groundwork for an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. The trial will be the first federal court case in the U.S. to be broadcast on YouTube. Kenji Yoshino, professor of law at New York University, has been following the case.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Mexico City lawmakers Monday voted to legalize same-sex marriage in the capitol – a move that would also give same-sex couples the ability to adopt children. It was a stunning move in a conservative Catholic nation. Ioan Grillo is Mexico Correspondent for Time Magazine; he reports on the reaction in Mexico City and throughout the nation.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
- Washington Takeout: The Takeaway's Todd Zwillich says many people were surprised when the American Medical Association took a position that the U.S. military's policy towards gay service members – 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' – is harmful to the health of gay servicemen and women.
- Business Takeout: New York Times reporter Louise Story joins us to discuss frustration over executive compensation at AIG and other bailed-out companies.
- Sports Takeout: Our own Ibrahim Abdul-Matin talks about tonight's Bears/49ers matchup in the NFL, as well as a controversy below the Mason-Dixon line over a fight song at "Ole Miss."
Monday, October 12, 2009
Marcus Mabry, international business editor of The New York Times, and Nick Childs, political correspondent for the BBC, help us take a look at what's coming up in the news this week. We talk about the president's decisions on Afghanistan, the ongoing health care debate, and President Obama's promise to the gay and lesbian community.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Last Friday, when we talked about young people coming out at younger ages, we got phone calls, emails and comments on our website, including one from Susan in Oklahoma who told her 14-year-old daughter she would love her no matter what her sexual orientation turned out to be. We also heard from an anonymous listener who said that her husband of 19 years just came out after years of knowing he was gay.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Nick Weaver revealed to his mom that he was gay when he was 12 years old. Now he is 15 and lives in Tulsa, Okla. Both he and his mom, Pam Anderson, talk with us about the challenges pre-teens face when coming out of the closet. We also speak to Benoit Denizet-Lewis, who wrote a cover story in this Sunday's New York Times Magazine about a growing trend among young gay men and women: coming out earlier in life.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Sasha Baron Cohen has made himself famous by mocking himself and others in his roles as Ali G and perhaps most famously as Borat, the Kazakh reporter. Now he's turned his barbs on another group: gay Austrian fashionistas. His film Bruno opens today. Joining The Takeaway to discuss whether Mr. Cohen is mocking homophobia or homosexuals themselves is Alfons Haider, Austrian TV host of Strictly Come Dancing —the number one television show in Austria. Some say he's the person on whom Bruno is based. We are also joined by Rashad Robinson, the senior director of media programs for GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation).
"He’s not against homosexuals. He’s showing homophobia. Excuse me, but if there’s stupid people enough in the U.S. who leave the theater and think gays are like that, then you can’t help them anyway."
—Alfons Heider, Austrian TV show host, on whether "Bruno" sends the wrong message
To listen to New York Times Film Critic A.O. Scott's review of the film, click here.
Judge for yourself! Here's the trailer for Bruno
Monday, June 29, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
President Obama said yesterday that he will extend some benefits to the same-sex partners of federal employees. But with the Defense of Marriage Act still in place, how big a step forward is really possible? The Takeaway talks to Kenji Yoshino, the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at the NYU School of Law.
To see a map of the state of gay rights across the globe, click here.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
For more, read Douglas Kmiec's article, Equality in substance and in name, in the SF Gate.