3/11/2013 This Way Out



Program #1,301

Hosted by Greg Gordon and produced with Lucia Chappelle 

"NewsWrap": A marriage equality proposal dies in a Finnish parliamentary committee, and three different bills creating civil partnerships for same-gender couples in Poland each fail to survive a first legislative reading; the UK's most senior Roman Catholic cleric, "Bigot of the Year" Cardinal Keith O'Brien, resigns amidst charges of sexual improprieties with several male priests, but his replacement is equally bigoted; marriage equality measures, each with strong religious exemptions, pass committee muster in both British and New Zealand parliaments; an avalanche of "friend of the court" briefs, from political leaders to business and labor leaders and professional associations, meet the filing deadline and urge the U.S. Supreme Court to declare California's Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional; Russia's Foreign Minister defends his country's proposed bill to ban "homosexual propaganda", while a court in Balti, the second biggest city in Moldova, reportedly overturns a similar local law as an unconstitutional violation of human rights; Canada's Supreme Court rules that the inflammatory anti-gay fliers of a "cured by religion" street preacher constitute hate speech; and the new "Groom Wanted" website in India promises gay men "the freedom to express themselves" (written by GREG GORDON, produced by STEVE PRIDE, and reported this week by PAMELA BROOKS and MICHAEL LEBEAU)

The VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT passed in the U.S. House of Representatives on February 28th, after unprecedented opposition to the nearly 20-year-old law's reauthorization. At issue were Republican objections to its protections for LGBT people, undocumented women, and Native Americans. ALICE OLLSTEIN reported from Capitol Hill that day for "Free Speech Radio News" (with comments by Arizona Democratic CONGRESSWOMAN ANN KIRKPATRICK, Rape Abuse Incest National Network founder SCOTT BERKOWITZ, and Wisconsin Democratic CONGRESSWOMAN GWEN MOORE

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments in cases involving both CALIFORNIA's PROPOSITION 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, the Obama Administration announced February 28th that it would file a friend-of-the-court brief regarding the California case. The President had already asked the high court to overturn DOMA, but he explained at a news conference why he decided to weigh in on the issues specific to Proposition 8

It had been more than a thousand days since the world last heard from one of its best-known whistle-blowers when U.S. ARMY PRIVATE BRADLEY MANNING testified at his court martial proceedings on February 28th. For the first time the young, gay soldier got to speak openly about why he passed more secret government documents to Wikileaks than had ever been leaked in history. Manning did plead guilty to some of the charges against him, but still faces the most serious allegations. DORIAN MERINA of "Free Speech Radio News" sorted it all out with KEVIN GOSZTOLA, co-author of "Truth and Consequences: The U.S. vs. Bradley Manning", who's been covering the case for Firedoglake [www.fsrn.org]





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