Friday, May 07, 2010

Today on the Signorile Show

He speaks! That's right, the luggage carrying rent boy "Lucien," now identified as Jo-vanni Roman, is now speaking about his scandalous affair with anti-gay Dr. George Rekers, co-founder of the Family Research Council, after he had declined to comment earlier this week. Joe Jervis, editor of Joe My God, was able to speak with Roman early this morning about his time with Rekers. In the interview, he tells Jervis that he had been contacted via email by Rekers through, about his excitement to use his passport and travel out of the country, and that he had no idea how the Miami New Times knew of Rekers and his trip. We'll get into all the juicy details this afternoon!

Yesterday, a Massachusetts Federal District Court heard a case challenging the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA. The case involves a US Postal worker, Nancy Gill, who has been denied from providing health benefits to her wife, whom she married legally in Massachusetts in 2004. Those arguing for Gill are saying this is “a classic equal-protection issue” while defense for the administration says that this administration disagrees with the policy but still must defend its constitutionality. DOMA makes LGBT couples pay twice as much for health insurance in many cases and denies couples death benefits as well. This case is expected to come before the Supreme Court eventually. Will the president have repealed DOMA by then or will we still be fighting for ENDA and DADT?

We could fhear from the White House as early as Monday of next week about President Obama's choice to replace Justice Stevens on the Supreme Court. There hasn't been a lot of clarity as to who it will be, but the White House has put out talking points defending previous criticisms of Elena Kagan, President Obama's current Solicitor General, who we've talked about quite a bit on the show, looking at her scant record and her speaking out against Don't Ask, Don't Tell but caving in to having military recruiters on campus when she was Harvard Law School dean. We'll discuss her potential nomination this afternoon.

Guest / 3:30pm EST - Since Tuesday, we've been covering all angles of the Dr. George Rekers sex scandal. After word came out that he had traveled with a rent boy to Europe, news broke that Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum had paid Rekers $87,000 to testify in support of the Florida gay adoption ban. This turns out not to be true... According to Equality Flordia, he received nearly twice what was reported, a sum amounting to $120,000. Nadine Smith, executive director of Equality Florida, joins us today to discuss the Rekers scandal.

Guest / 4:30pm EST - How did we arrive at "Too Big Too Fail" banks? James Kwak, co-author of 13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown, examine the history of Wall Street and joins us this afternoon to make a radical, yet feasible and focused proposal: reconfigure the megabanks to be "Small Enough To Fail."

We've been talking about the oil leak of the Gulf Coast of Louisiana. Now, the oil is getting closer to the shoreline, which has local businesses and people scrambling to get as much seafood as they can before they are affected by contamination from the oil, leading to health risks. Businesses are doing the best they can, but they will eventually have to raise prices as suppliers are running out of stock. We'll get into this story as well.

And who says size doesn't matter? If you work for the TSA, apparently it does. Rolando Negrin was arrested Tuesday on assault charges after he'd been teased about the size of his penis. Negrin had walked through a body scanning machine during a training session and a supervisor had started cracking jokes about the size of his manhood. Are these scanners leaving too little to the imagination? We'll talk about this today.

And we will start our new segment today, "The ___ Of The Week," where we let you know who and what were the Angel, Gassie, Turkey and Climax of the week.

All this and so much more, today on The Michelangelo Signorile Show!

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