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Closing Arguments Get Underway in California Gay Marriage Trial

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Closing arguments are scheduled for today in a federal trial that will address the constitutionality of Proposition 8 - the controversial amendment to California's constitution that reinstated a ban on gay marriage in the state in 2008, after it had been legal for some months.

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Supreme Court to Consider Privacy for Ballot Petition Signers

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.

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Start the Conversation: Do Younger People Take Civil Rights for Granted?

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?

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Supreme Court to Consider Discriminatory Student Group at Public University

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.

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Obama Issues New Policy Allowing Gays More Freedom in Medical Visits

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.

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Washington, D.C. Marriage Equality Law Takes Effect

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.

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The Case for Ending 'Don't Ask Don't Tell'

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.

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Military Leaders Seek End to 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' Policy

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.

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Prop 8 Fight Goes to Federal Court

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.

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Mexico City Legalizes Gay Marriage

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.

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Takeouts: AMA on Don't Ask, Don't Tell; Pay at AIG; NFL

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."

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The Week's Agenda With Marcus Mabry and Nick Childs

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.

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Takeout: Listeners on Coming Out at a Young Age

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.

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Coming Out Before Your Teens

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.

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Does 'Bruno' Mock Gay-Haters--or Gays?

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

Click through for a transcript of the discussion with Alfons Haider and Rashad Robinson.

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

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This Week's Agenda with Marcus Mabry and Jonathan Marcus

Monday, June 29, 2009

In this week's agenda segment: U.S. troops pull out of key Iraqi towns and cities, Bernie Madoff is sentenced to prison, the Supreme Court holds its last session before break and monthly unemployment numbers are out. For analysis, The Takeaway talks to Marcus Mabry, International Business Editor of The New York Times and Jonathan Marcus, Diplomatic Correspondent for the BBC.

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(Gay) Friends with Benefits

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.

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Partners: Obama Will Extend Same-Sex Benefits

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

President Obama will sign a presidential memorandum today to extend benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees as far as allowed under the Defense of Marriage Act. It's a surprise move that comes as the president faces criticism from several gay rights leaders over what they suggest has been a failure to live up to campaign promises in the first months of his presidency. For more on what the memorandum might provide, we're joined by Politico's Ben Smith.

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Don't Ask, Don't Tell — Except in Britain

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that it will not review the Pentagon's controversial "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" policy, which requires U.S. service members to keep their sexual orientation under wraps. In 2000, the UK armed forces integrated gay and lesbian service members nearly overnight with some surprising results. The Takeaway talks to Retired Lieutenant Commander Craig Jones of the British Royal Navy. He was a fierce advocate of British military integration.

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Should States Get Out of the Marriage Business?

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The California Supreme Court stopped same sex couples from calling themselves married, even though they can have the same rights. But what if society decided that "marriage" is just a word? Conservative law professor Douglas Kmiec is proposing that government get out of the business of marriage altogether and allow gay and straights to have civil unions.

For more, read Douglas Kmiec's article, Equality in substance and in name, in the SF Gate.

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