4:05pm ET - On November 25, Judge Carlton W. Reeves struck down Mississippi's ban on same-sex marriage in a
72-page decision in Campaign for Southern Equality v. Bryant. The court
concluded that Mississippi's marriage ban deprives same-sex couples and their
children of equal dignity under the law and forces them to live as second-class
citizenship while violating the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the
Fourteenth Amendment. Joining us today
to discuss this historic decision and the affect it will have on Mississippi’s
LGBT community is Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, a minister in the United Church of Christ and executive
director of the Campaign for Southern Equality. You can also follow the CSE on twitter.
4:35pm ET - In 1961 a bookkeeper named Roy Torcaso, who happened to be an atheist, refused to declare that he believed in God in order to serve as a notary public in Maryland. His case went all the way to the Supreme Court, which ruled unanimously for Mr. Torcaso, saying states could not have a “religious test” for public office. However, 53 years later, seven states still have articles in their constitutions saying people who do not believe in God are not eligible to hold public office. Joining us today to talk about this articles and the efforts underway to have them stricken from state constitutions is Todd Stiefel, the chairman and primary funder of the Openly Secular coalition, which is working towards this end.
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