Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Today On The Signorile Show!

4:05pm ET - In August 2012, a three-judge district court panel in Washington found that Texas’ voter ID laws discriminated against black and Hispanic voters under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. However, after the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder freed states like Texas with a long history of voting discrimination from having to approve their voting changes with the federal government, Texas wasted no time in re-implementing the once blocked law.  This law which has been described at the most restrictive of the new wave of voter ID laws sweeping the country is now being challenged again in federal court on the grounds that it violates the constitution and places what Attorney General Eric Holder has called a “poll tax” on poor and minority voters in the state of Texas.  Joining us to discuss this law and the court case against it is Ari Berman, contributing writer for The Nation magazine and an Investigative Journalism Fellow at The Nation Institute.  You can also follow Ari on twitter.

4:35pm ET - Despite the extraordinary gains made in recent years to stamp out LGBT discrimination, life for many gay Southerners, especially those living in rural areas, can still be very difficult;  and according to Jeff Cleghorn, a retired Major in the US Army and a family law attorney who represents LGBT individuals and their families in courtrooms across the state of Georgia, in order for life throughout the South to truly improve, straight friends and political allies need to publicly "come out" in support of equality.  He joins us today to talk about his recent piece in Huffington Post Gay Voices section about the U.S. Senate candidacy of Georgia Democrat Michelle Nunn and her “support” of the LGBT community.

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