Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Today on the Signorile Show

3:35pm ET - Wisconsin federal district court Judge Lynn Adelman ruled yesterday that the state’s voter ID law violated the Fourteenth Amendment and Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, saying that the law “disproportionately impacts Black and Latino voters”.  Joining us to discuss this ruling is Ari Berman, a contributing writer for The Nation magazine and an Investigative Journalism Fellow at The Nation Institute.

4:45pm ET - An unusual lawsuit in North Carolina is shifting the conversation about religious freedom.  Clergy from the United Church of Christ have filed suit in a North Carolina district court Monday, the suit argues that the state's ban violates gay couples' constitutional right to equal protection, and in a unique twist, the suit adds that the ban also violates the First Amendment right of members of the clergy to practice their faith, because the state's ban criminalizes pastors who bless same-sex unions, leaving clergy open to arrest.  Joining us to discuss this new suit is the Rev. Dr. J. Bennett Guess, who serves as a National Officer of the United Church of Christ and is the first openly gay national officer of the denomination.

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