Pitt Law http://wesa.fm en America's Role in Global Conflicts http://wesa.fm/post/americas-role-global-conflicts <p>Last night the President made his case for retaliation in Syria, in response to the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/27/syria-chemical-weapons_n_3820586.html">chemical attack</a> on August 21st, in the suburbs of Damascus.</p><p>Although he stated that he was willing to try diplomacy one last time, President Obama said Bashar Assad’s act of terrorism should not go unanswered.</p><p>http://youtu.be/y52LeaK6tHA</p><p>“The President made a strong case and he laid out his reasons, but I don’t think that it swayed many people despite the fact that he made the best case that he possibly could,” says Dr. Taylor Seybolt, Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Wed, 11 Sep 2013 18:16:28 +0000 Katie Martin 16355 at http://wesa.fm America's Role in Global Conflicts ACLU of Pennsylvania Sues Commonwealth on Behalf of Same-Sex Couples & Families http://wesa.fm/post/aclu-pennsylvania-sues-commonwealth-behalf-same-sex-couples-families <p>Two weeks after the Supreme Court of the United States overturned key <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/06/26/the-supreme-court-struck-down-doma-heres-what-you-need-to-know/">provisions in the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act</a>, the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania has <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/federal-suit-filed-pa-force-state-allow-same-sex-marriage">filed a federal lawsuit</a> to overturn the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.</p><p>The 23 plaintiffs, including 10 same-sex couples, one widow, and two teenage children of one of the couples, say they've seen firsthand the <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/0/hp_breaking/federal-lawsuit-seeks-to-legalize-gay-marriage-in-pennsylvania-694787/">inequality of PA law in its discrimination</a> against same-sex couples.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.aclu.org/blog/author/molly-tack-hooper">ACLU Staff Attorney</a> <strong>Molly Tack-Hooper</strong> and <a href="http://www.law.pitt.edu/people/full-time-faculty/anthony-c-infanti">Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh</a>, <strong>Anthony Infanti</strong>, weigh in on the legality of the lawsuit and the path for equality in Pennsylvania paved by the repeal of DOMA.</p><p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 20:31:24 +0000 Katherine Blackley 12888 at http://wesa.fm ACLU of Pennsylvania Sues Commonwealth on Behalf of Same-Sex Couples & Families