Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Today on The Signorile Show!

3:35pm ET - Late last night, Human Rights Watch, the nonpartisan organization that fights human rights abuses across the globe, filed suit against the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for illegally collecting records of its telephone calls to certain foreign countries as part of yet another government bulk surveillance program.  Human Rights Watch is being represented by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), which has launched a series of legal challenges against unconstitutional government surveillance.  Joining us today to discuss the lawsuit and the mass surveillance of American Citizens by the Federal Government is Nate Cardozo a Staff Attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation.  You can also follow Nate on twitter.

4:35pm ET - The Religious Freedom Restoration Acts, or RFRA’s put forth by the Republican controlled Legislatures of Indiana and Arkansas have caused outrage across the nation as many people have viewed them as part of the conservative led backlash against marriage equality and equal rights for LGBT people in the USA.  However, what many people do not realize is that in Louisiana they are poised to pass their own version of a RFRA called the Marriage and Conscience Act which according to Hunter Schwarz of the Washington Post is more focused on and deals specifically with religious beliefs in relation to marriage equality.  Furthermore, many activists have suggested that this bill, which Gov. Bobby Jindal has said he plans to support, is far worse than the ones Indiana and Arkansas because it explicitly allows discrimination based on an individual's religious beliefs about marriage.  Hunter joins us today to discuss the Louisiana bill and what it could mean for all LGBT Americans living in Louisiana.  You can also follow Hunter on twitter.

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