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  • Dean_hara
    The U.S. Supreme Court continues its session on the issue of same-sex marriage, hearing arguments today on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act. DOMA was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996 and denies federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples. We are joined by Dean Hara, a plaintiff in another lawsuit against DOMA. He is the widower of U.S. Rep. Gerry Studds, the first openly gay member of Congress....
    March 27, 2013 | Story
  • Vawadixon_keisling2
    President Obama has signed into law historic new protections for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault with the expanded reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. Initially passed in 1994, the bill lapsed in 2011 after Republicans blocked it over the new protections. The measure was approved after House Republicans finally allowed a vote last week. It includes a landmark addition that empower Native American tribal...
    March 08, 2013 | Story
  • Oscar
    See all of our interviews with directors and subjects of films nominated for an Oscar this year, including Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who was detained at Los Angeles International Airport with his family after arriving to attend this weekend’s Academy Awards for "5 Broken Cameras," which he co-directed.
    February 20, 2013 | Web Exclusive
  • Zachwahls-boyscouts
    The Boy Scouts of America opened a three-day meeting on Monday in which the group’s national board will consider lifting its controversial ban on openly gay members. A group of current and former scouts — and scout leaders — opposed to the ban rallied outside the meeting at the Boy Scouts’ headquarters in Dallas. Ahead of the historic decision, we’re joined by Eagle Scout Zach Wahls, founder of the group Scouts...
    February 05, 2013 | Story
  • President_obama_inauguration
    In an inaugural address many saw as a blueprint for a more progressive second-term domestic agenda than his first, President Obama vowed a continued fight for equality of women and for the rights of gays and lesbians, to push for immigration reform and gun control, to address income inequality, and to tackle the warming of the planet. Also speaking on the National Mall were Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of slain civil rights activist Medgar...
    January 22, 2013 | Story
  • Scott_dibble
    Voters in Maine, Maryland and Washington will decide November 6 whether to recognize same-sex marriage, potentially marking the first time such marriages are legalized by popular vote. However, in Minnesota, opponents of same-sex marriage are pushing a constitutional amendment to define "marriage" as a union between a man and a woman. Thirty-two states have previously held votes on same-sex marriage, and each time voters have opposed...
    October 18, 2012 | Story
  • Anglican_byamugisha_hiv
    We’re joined from the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., by Rev. Canon Gideon Byamugisha. A prominent church leader in Uganda, in 1992 he became the first African religious leader to openly declare his HIV-positive status. He has since devoted his life to an AIDS ministry that works to end the stigma around the disease. Rev. Byamugisha discusses his historic decision and the ongoing discrimination against LGBTQ people in...
    July 27, 2012 | Story
  • Button-romney
    Just weeks after Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney refused to endorse same-sex marriage, the Boston Globe reveals the former Massachusetts governor once blocked the publication of an anti-bullying report for teenagers because it contained the words "bisexual" and "transgender." The article suggests this was only one of several initiatives aimed at distancing Romney from state programs specifically geared toward...
    June 12, 2012 | Story
  • Mariela_castro_pride
    In a Democracy Now! special, we begin our hour on Cuba with a rare interview with Mariela Castro, daughter of Cuban President Raúl Castro. Mariela Castro is best known in Cuba for her ardent support of gay, lesbian and transgender rights and as the director of the Cuban National Center for Sex Education in Havana. During a rare visit to the U.S., Castro discusses her work in Cuba battling anti-LGBTQ discrimination. [includes rush transcript]
    June 11, 2012 | Story
  • Button-marriage-3
    In a groundbreaking decision, the First Circuit Court of Appeals has struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), ruling the federal government can’t deny benefits to same-sex couples in states such as Massachusetts where same-sex couples can legally marry. The ruling will likely now be appealed and be brought before the Supreme Court. We speak to Marc Solomon, national campaign director of "Freedom to Marry," one of...
    June 01, 2012 | Story