Evening News From Moscow (C-Span, 7:25 - 8 a.m., E.T.): A report in Russian with simultaneous English translation. * FRIDAY
Bill Moyers' Journal: The New Holy War (PBS, 9-10 p.m.): It's a subject ready-made for the thoughtful probing of Bill Moyers - the complex and emotional issue of homosexual rights - and it would be hard to find a more timely one. Tuesday in Cincinnati, a United States District Court judge blocked a city charter amendment that deleted antidiscrimination clauses about homosexuals from Cincinnati's human rights ordinance. That same day, the US Naval Academy was ordered by a federal appeals court to graduate and commission a midshipman who had been expelled because he said he was gay.
In Colorado, where Moyers explores the question, the whole state is divided. Last year its voters approved a constitutional amendment - promoted by the Christian right and other forces - that prevented gays and lesbians from claiming discrimination of various kinds at the local level. The bill was found unconstitutional by that state's Supreme Court and is now expected to go to the US Supreme Court.
To see what's really going on, Moyers talks with residents about how the law affects them - their ideas, business life, and social habits. It's a typically Moyers strategy to get around the rhetoric and into the substance.
CBS Reports: Who Killed JFK, the Final Chapter? (CBS, 9-11 p.m.): Dan Rather was there when President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas 30 years ago, and he has been reporting about it ever since. In the process he's dealt with them all, from the defenders of oil-on-the-waters official reports to the wild-eyed champions of conspiratorial theories. In its sixth large-scale investigation, CBS News presents its latest findings in a program co-produced by the Washington Post and anchored, of course, by Rather.
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