Friday, June 26, 2015
Earlier today The Supreme Court declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States, a historic culmination of decades of litigation over gay marriage and gay rights. Previous to the ruling Gay and lesbian couples could marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia, however the court's 5-4 ruling means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage. Joining me today to talk all about the ruling is Arthur S. Leonard of New York Law School.
Despite the historic news coming out of the Supreme Court today the struggle for equality for many Americans is far from over. Most Americans think that our country has done quite a lot to protect women in particular and ensure gender equity in the workplace; however according to Caroline Fredrickson in her new book Under The Bus: How Working Women Are Being Run Over despite the bans on discrimination there exists a two-tiered system, where some working women have a full panoply of rights while others have few or none at all. Caroline joins us today to explain how sloppily written laws have made women, particularly in domestic and service jobs, vulnerable to low wages, long hours, and sexual harassment, and offer up some fixes for this broken, exclusive system. Caroline is the president of the American Constitution Society and former director of the Washington office of the American Civil Liberties Union. You can follow Caroline on twitter.
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