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Emma Ruby-Sachs
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Emma Ruby-Sachs is a lawyer and writer. She studied law at the University of Toronto and the University of Chicago and currently works as a consultant for Avaaz.org. She also has a forthcoming novel with McLelland & Stewart entitled The Water Man's Daughter. She lives and works in New York City.

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Call Off the Ender's Game Boycott

(213) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 1:20 AM

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When I was 11 years old my father handed me a copy of Ender's Game. I'd been reading science fiction for a while and the escape it provided was a life-saver. I was a lonely kid, often unable to connect to...

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End the Murdoch Racket

(10) Comments | Posted November 11, 2011 | 6:14 PM

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For the last eleven months, as we have watched the Arab Spring topple dictators across the Middle East, we have also witnessed a challenge to entrenched power no less remarkable, and much closer to home. Yesterday, James Murdoch appeared before the UK Parliament for...

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What Occupy Wall Street Wants

(222) Comments | Posted October 5, 2011 | 2:23 PM

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There has been a whole lot of talk about how the thousands of brave protestors occupying Wall St. have no clear demand. Funny, since this is just one more installment of a global movement for democracy that has taken over the entire...

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Southwest's Big Gay Blunder

(599) Comments | Posted September 27, 2011 | 2:48 PM

Yesterday, Southwest Airlines booted Leisha Hailey, a famous lesbian icon, off one of their planes. Their complaint: she was kissing her girlfriend on a "family" airline and then argued about being chastised for her kissing.

Now, full disclosure: I have a...

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America Supports Gay Marriage!

(792) Comments | Posted July 19, 2011 | 6:19 PM

Today, we found out that Obama no longer thinks the federal government should ban gay marriage. This is not likely a change in the man's personal views -- but it does indicate a huge change in the cultural climate of the U.S.

The flip flop of President Obama on...

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Prop 8 Lawyers Seek to Destroy America's Judiciary

(469) Comments | Posted June 14, 2011 | 9:52 AM

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Yesterday a team of lawyers sought to undermine the U.S. legal system.

I'm not speaking in hyperbole -- these members of the bar attempted to discredit every black, female, non-christian, or gay judge in the country.

Prop 8 counsel in...

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Uganda's Attack on Gays -- Down to the Wire

(11) Comments | Posted May 11, 2011 | 1:21 PM

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Frank Mugisha, a brave gay rights advocate in Uganda

It's been a tense 48 hours -- just days ago it looked like the Ugandan Parliament was going to use mounting violence in the streets over a potentially rigged election to force a monstrous...

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Top 7 Reasons to Celebrate Today

(153) Comments | Posted February 23, 2011 | 2:10 PM

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Over a year ago, I wrote a legal memo, posted on this site, explaining why President Obama had no obligation to defend the Defense of Marriage Act. In fact, it was his right as president and, some could argue, his obligation, to...

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Gay Hero Murdered in Uganda -- It's Time for the U.S. to Act

(798) Comments | Posted January 27, 2011 | 12:14 AM

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Yesterday, David Kato, a gay man in Uganda, was reportedly bludgeoned to death in his own home by a neighbor with a hammer.

David had spoken out for gay rights, was one of the high profile...

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Why the Court Got It Wrong for Rahm

(393) Comments | Posted January 24, 2011 | 4:54 PM

Let me be frank, I don't support Rahm Emanuel for any public position. He supports the Patriot Act, a blatant attack on American civil liberties, and has expressed support for the War in Iraq and increased funding for the War on Drugs. I certainly don't trust him to protect civil...

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It Gets Better, But No Thanks To You, President Obama

(537) Comments | Posted October 25, 2010 | 8:35 AM

Recently, the President of the United States released a video as part of the It Gets Better series that spoke to the trials of bullying and the importance of reaching out for help. The problem is, young gay kids -- the target of It Gets Better -- are learning about...

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The Tea Party Are Just Bullies

(273) Comments | Posted October 10, 2010 | 9:14 PM


It seems, when you need to feel big and popular, school kids aren't the only ones who turn to picking on gays.

Carl Paladino's ratings have been falling. The uber-right wing candidate for New York governor started strong with a terrifying six point gap between him and...

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DADT Win Can't Save Log Cabin Republicans

(517) Comments | Posted September 10, 2010 | 9:19 AM

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Anyone who believes in equality and also had to sit through John McCain rhapsodizing about heterosexual marriage and family values during the last election, cringes at the thought of Log Cabin Republicans.

They support a...

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Bold Pursuit of Gay Rights Wins in Court

(561) Comments | Posted August 4, 2010 | 8:39 PM

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A Federal Court Judge in California has ruled that Proposition 8 violates the due process and equal protection clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment. The decision is important not only because it reaffirms the fact that marriage discrimination is illegal, but...

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Witch Hunt Against Gays Faces New Foe

(56) Comments | Posted July 22, 2010 | 8:55 AM

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This week, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission won consultative status at the UN Economic and Social Council. Such a small win wouldn't be worth celebrating, except that it took three years to get...

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Lingle Vetoes Hawaii Civil Unions, Threatens Tax Base And Equal Rights

(45) Comments | Posted July 7, 2010 | 6:42 AM

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Yesterday, Governor Lingle vetoed a democratically passed civil unions bill in Hawaii. The bill, supported by more than the majority of state house and senate representatives, barely failed to gather the two-thirds vote necessary in the senate (alone) to override a veto....

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Court's Decision to Overturn the Drilling Moratorium Was Just Plain Wrong

(170) Comments | Posted June 23, 2010 | 12:25 PM

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Yesterday, a Federal judge in Louisiana suspended the only sensible action taken by the Federal government since BP's spill occurred. Justice Feldman of the U.S. District Court ordered that the Obama administration's moratorium on deepwater drilling be removed pending a further investigation...

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An Environmental Disaster We CAN Avoid: Canadian Mining in Guatemala

(22) Comments | Posted June 18, 2010 | 11:17 AM

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A young child exposed to water near the Marlin mine, run by Canada's Goldcorp, in Guatemala

Canadian mining giant, Goldcorp, has been ordered to suspend mining operations in Guatemala. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights found evidence that a mine in...

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Since When Is a Rock Deadly Force?

(429) Comments | Posted June 9, 2010 | 1:47 PM

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There has been a lot of confusion about when it is permissible to kill and assailant who is using substantially less sophisticated and deadly weaponry. First, the question of proportional response was raised when Israeli soldiers shot and...

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How Big Oil Always Wins

(29) Comments | Posted May 23, 2010 | 11:21 PM

We have been hearing a lot about big oil lately and the dismal attempt by the Obama administration to hold BP accountable for its damage indicates that big oil is going to continue to be a big bully. Some have been calling for legal remedies. But a case of oil...

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