The Prop 8 Arguments Are Over, Now It's Up to the Judge: California voters passed Proposition 8 by a 52% majority in 2008, limiting marriage to one man and one woman, and effectively banning same-sex marriage. In 2009, the California Supreme Court upheld Prop 8, but allowed existing same-sex marriages to stand. In the most recent Constitutional challenge, for two weeks in January , Federal Judge Vaughn Walker heard testimony for and against. In California's 100-year-old initiative process, how often has "the will of the people" been overturned by a judge? Will this case go before the Supreme Court? -- From the KCRW, Which way, L.A., webpage.
The Gulf Oil Spill and the Obama Presidency: At the White House [meeting], BP agreed to establish a $20 billion trust fund to pay claims from the Gulf oil spill. The fund will be overseen by Kenneth Feinberg, who handled victims' claims in the aftermath of September 11. In his first speech from the Oval Office President Obama outlined what he called his "battle plan" for the Gulf oil spill. -- From the KCRW, Which way, L.A., webpage.