7/21/2013 This Way Out

 

 

Program #1,320

Hosted by Greg Gordon and produced with Lucia Chappelle

"NewsWrap": A civil court judge in Bogota is set to preside over the first marriage of a same-gender couple in Colombia, while 3 same-gender couples are suing for the right to wed in Costa Rica after lawmakers "accidentally" approved marriage equality legislation on July 1st; riding the wave of the U.S. Supreme Court's DOMA and Prop 8 rulings, lawsuits filed this week push for marriage equality in 3 more states – Illinois, Pennsylvania and North Carolina – while a legal demand for marriage equality is being planned in Virginia; an estimated 1500 LGBT people and their supporters participate in the 12th annual Kolkata Rainbow Pride Walk in India, while a regional court in Russia declares that the rough arrests of some 60 people trying to rally for LGBT Pride in St. Petersburg on June 29th violated their right to freedom of assembly; Israeli authorities charge an apparent religious fanatic with murder and attempted murder as hate crimes in the 2009 shooting rampage at a weekly youth group meeting at Tel Aviv's LGBT Center that left 2 dead and 11 injured; new research suggests that homophobia may be at least partially rooted in a fear of unwanted same-gender sexual advances; and global accounting giant Ernst & Young didn't realize that their new "E-Y" brand is the same name as a Spanish magazine catering to gay men that features plenty of young guys posing in their underwear (written by GREG GORDON, produced by STEVE PRIDE, and reported this week by WENZEL JONES & TANYA KANE-PARRY) 

 If the Employment Nondiscrimination Act could ever make it through Congress, it would prohibit most U.S. employers from firing or denying promotion because of a worker's sexual orientation or gender identity. Efforts to pass some form of the measure known as ENDA have been stymied again and again, but it may have gained some steam this week when it passed the Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee in a bipartisan vote of 15-to-7. ALICE OLLSTEIN of "Free Speech Radio News" covered the hearings in Washington (with comments by committee chair TOM HARKINS, HEATHER CRONK of the advocacy group GetEQUAL, and MARA KEISLING of the National Center for Transgender Equality) [www.fsrn.org]

U.S. televangelist PAT ROBERTSON has a problem with certain images he sees on "Facebook" -- and late-night talk show host CONAN O'BRIEN had a simple solution 

 "This Way Out" correspondent ANGELA BROOKS discovered a blog that birthed a book that was "BORN THIS WAY". She chats with the author of both, PAUL VITAGLIANO, about its genesis and continuing evolution [www.bornthiswayblog.com]

 

 

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