Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Today on The Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM PROGRESS ch.127

Despite the expected anti-gay rhetoric from Republican elected officials coming out of the Texas, the state government has largely complied with the U.S. Supreme Court’s June ruling in favor of marriage equality for all Americans.  However, according to John Wright a Dallas, Texas based journalist and publisher of Lone Star Q, Texas' Statewide LGBT News Source, officials in the Lone Star State are only just starting to show their first serious signs of resistance to the high court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges.  John returns to the show today to update us on conservative resistance to marriage equality in Texas and the two imminent lawsuits seeking to force Texas’ Department of State Health Services’ Vital Statistics Unit to provide accurate birth and death certificates to same-sex couples.  You can also follow John on twitter.

In his new book Dissent: The History of an American Idea historian Ralph Young examines the key role dissent has played in shaping the United States.  From the Puritan Anne Hutchinson and Native American chief Powhatan in the seventeenth century, to the Occupy and Tea Party movements in the twenty-first century he emphasis the way Americans, both celebrated and anonymous, responded to what they saw as the injustices that prevented them from fully experiencing their vision of America.  Ralph joins us today on the show to talk all about the book and discuss how The United States is a nation founded on the promise and power of dissent.  You can also follow Ralph on twitter.

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