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If You Liked 10 Years Of The Roberts Court, You'll Love The Next Republican President

Michael Keegan | Posted 09.29.2015 | Politics
Michael Keegan

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the day Chief Justice Roberts was sworn in to the Supreme Court. In that decade, he has led a Court that has radically reshaped vast swathes of the law, undermining constitutional protections for civil rights and voting rights, reproductive freedom, workplace fairness, the environment, gun violence, consumer fairness and representative democracy as a whole.

Campaign Money Warnings Dismissed by Roberts & Alito Coming True

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 09.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Presidential candidates from both parties are going to solicit six and seven-figure contributions directly from donors for the first ti...

Pity the Privileged

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 07.29.2015 | Gay Voices
DaShanne Stokes

The idea that the majority is under attack is reinforcing to anyone who stands on the brink of losing unearned privileges they have long taken for granted. It hurts to be taken down a peg, to discover you're no better, no more deserving, than anyone else. Better to lash out, mobilize the masses. Misdirect them at an imagined enemy. Anything to maintain that privilege.

The Kindness of Strangers

John Ireland | Posted 07.02.2015 | Gay Voices
John Ireland

I am sure the coming weeks will deliver many reports of the ugliness that is happening in this cultural shift. Those abusing the power of their positions as elected and appointed officials may claim moral high ground, but I expect they will quickly learn they are in the wrong profession.

B*got vs. F@ggot

Domenick Scudera | Posted 07.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

Catholic Vote has created a video, "Not Alone," in opposition to last week's Supreme Court ruling granting same-sex couples the right to marry. On their website, they tell us that the video is about "6 courageous young people" who want to "tell the world" that they are not afraid to express their views against same-sex marriage. This video is offensive. Here's why.

Ryan J. Reilly

Justice Alito: 'The Constitution Says Nothing About A Right To Same-Sex Marriage' | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, dissenting from the court's decision that found there was a constitutional right to marriage equality, wrote on Fr...

Requiem for Lethal Injection?

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

The rifleman mustering for a firing squad is honest - an icon of retribution without pretense. If we can own his violent act on our behalf, capital punishment suits us. But clinical killing is euphemism - a cowardly way for us to deceive ourselves.

Why Gay Marriage Doesn't Open the Door to Polygamy

Matt Baume | Posted 05.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

In states that have legalized marriage for gays and lesbians, the only change in those contracts was the genders. A few pronouns were switched, but when gay couples marry, everything else still works exactly the same way.

Scalia and Alito: Have You No Sense of Decency, Sirs?

Bill Quigley | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Bill Quigley

It is past time for family, friends, lawyers, legal associations and law schools to ask Alito and Scalia to halt and to answer the question "Have you no sense of decency, sirs?"

The Top Arguments for and Against Same-Sex Marriage at the Supreme Court

Matt Baume | Posted 06.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

There are consequences to waiting. Couples are denied their rights, which has ramifications from child custody to driver licenses to death certificates. Look at what the status quo means: Gay couples separated in hospitals. Losing their life savings when one passes away. Having a marriage license revoked when they cross state lines.

Why My Kentucky Kinfolks Can Sleep Easier Than My Tennessee Kinfolks

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.09.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

While Tennessee lawmakers continue to do all they can to undermine Obamacare, low- and moderate-income Kentuckians can go to bed at night and not have the same worry that their neighbors a few miles to the south have about the cost of health care. Does that make sense to you?

Five Takeaways From the King v. Burwell Arguments

Jamin Raskin | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Jamin Raskin

5. This argument makes clear how important it is to have the right Justices on the Supreme Court. It's not just for the big-forest constitutional questions but for the in-the-trees statutory questions where a lot of our law is made, and where all of us have a very important stake.

Even Supreme Court Justices Have A Hard Time Getting A Table At Brunch

The Huffington Post | Amanda Gutterman | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics

Who said Supreme Court justices aren't just like us? Justice Samuel Alito and his wife Martha-Ann showed up on Sunday at Heirloom, a popular New Ha...

Defending Trade Unions While the Justices Are Away

David Coates | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics
David Coates

The nine justices of the SCOTUS are now in recess, leaving the rest of us the summer in which to reflect upon and digest their latest set of rulings. Because it is likely that both judgments will have long-term adverse consequences for progressive causes, a moment of reflection on that second judgment is well in order.

Watch: Is the Supreme Court Out of Order?

Bill Moyers | Posted 09.14.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

The latest session of the US Supreme Court was especially contentious, with important decisions on the separation of church and state, organized labor, campaign finance reform, birth control and women's health, among others, splitting the court along its 5-4 conservative-liberal divide.

Supreme Court Protects Pennsylvania Marriage Equality (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 09.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

2014-07-14-ScreenShot20140714at5.03.12PMsmall.pngA judge in Colorado has delivered what may be the strongest victory yet for marriage equality, while Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito has rejected a challenge to the freedom to marry in Pennsylvania.

Supreme Court to Women: Father Knows Best

Nan Aron | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Nan Aron

These three decisions, taken together, are an assault on the rights, health, and economic well-being of women in every corner of this country. But they are also a challenge to President Obama, to Congress, to the political system, and to the American people to take the action necessary to undo the damage.

Hobby Lobby: A Victory for Social Liberals

Bryan Schonfeld | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Bryan Schonfeld

Social liberals have fought time and time again for the rights of individuals to hold and abide by values that differ from those of the majority. Soci...

The Doctrine of Corporate Separateness: Why the Hobby Lobby Decision Is an Absolute Farce

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 09.07.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Because corporations exist in order to put up a barrier between a business and its owners, that means that the religious liberty of the owners cannot be violated by anything the corporation is compelled, by law, to do.

Blind Faith and Women

Robert Slayton | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
Robert Slayton

A good friend of mine, an economics professor, is a devout libertarian. Years ago, he explained that he was opposed to the Civil Rights Act barring discrimination in employment.

Samuel Alito: A Movement Man Makes Good on Right-Wing Investments

Peter Montgomery | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Peter Montgomery

Alito's one-two punch was another extraordinary milestone for the strategists who have been working for the past 40 years to put business firmly in the driver's seat of American politics.

Supreme Court Rules Corporations Can Have Their Hearts Broken and Get Tummy Aches

Spencer Green | Posted 09.01.2014 | Comedy
Spencer Green

"Corporations are just like people, and they have to deal with an assortment of melancholy, rejection, boo-boos, and owees," wrote Justice Samuel Alito in the majority opinion. "See them, feel them, touch them, heal them."

What Religion Is My Company?

Andy Ostroy | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

I own a marketing company. I'm Jewish. My partner is Italian and Christian. Of our almost fifty employees, our cultural and religious make-up is quite diverse. We are a company of people. The company itself is not a person. So what's our religion?

Hobby Lobby Employees Band Together to Craft Homemade Birth Control

Reductress | Posted 08.31.2014 | Comedy

After the landmark ruling denying employees of Hobby Lobby access to contraception, several employees have banded together to pool their skills and ...

Fault Lines Re-emerge In Supreme Court At End Of Term

Reuters | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics

By Joan Biskupic WASHINGTON, June 30 (Reuters) - Sometimes there is no middle ground. Through much of the U.S. Supreme ...