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Supreme Court Obsesses Over Death Again In 'Wichita Massacre' Cases

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 10.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- State-sponsored death is still on the justices' minds. The U.S. Supreme Court put on a rare two-hour show over...

The New Battleground for Same-Sex Couples Is Equal Rights for Their Kids

The Conversation US | Posted 10.07.2015 | Gay Voices
The Conversation US

Children born into same-sex families frequently are biologically related to only one parent, and the law recognizes only that one parent. The legal status of the child's relationship with her nonbiological parent varies from state to state.

Kim Davis: The Difference Between Religious Freedom and Discrimination

Aaron Jay Ledesma | Posted 10.01.2015 | Religion
Aaron Jay Ledesma

I have no problem with Pope Francis' meeting with Kim Davis. There, I said it. Today was much more eventful than I thought it would be. People are wondering how I feel about this private meeting. Well, I will tell you. It does not bother me that he met with her.

To Those Who Would Condemn My Marriage

Karen White | Posted 09.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Karen White

Our marriage benefits the world in the same ways a straight marriage does: Together, we are more resilient, we are stronger, we have more to give. And I promise you, if you knew us, you'd understand how solid our love is, how worthy of honor and recognition.

Supreme Court To Decide On Hearing Texas Abortion Case

Politico | Chloe Angyal | Posted 09.27.2015 | Politics

Supreme Court justices will meet behind closed doors Monday to start the process of deciding which cases to take up this term, with all eyes on a chal...

Justice Stephen Breyer Says He Will 'Eventually' Retire

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 09.13.2015 | Politics

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has no plans to step down from the bench anytime soon. The 77-year-old member of the court's liberal wing d...

How Kim Davis' Defenders Are Sounding Increasingly Absurd and Desperate

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 09.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Anderson writes that Kim Davis didn't need to go to jail if only we'd made "accommodations" for state employees like her in the way that he says North Carolina did earlier this year by passing a law shielding those employees. And he holds that problematic law up as a model.

Justice Sotomayor's Empowering Message to Our Youth

Marisel Moreno | Posted 09.04.2015 | Latino Voices
Marisel Moreno

Justice Sotomayor's example as a Latina woman who has succeeded in immeasurable ways despite her difficult childhood should be an inspiration to all, especially our youth.

Kim Davis Isn't Fighting for Religious Freedom

Paula K. Garrett | Posted 09.04.2015 | Religion
Paula K. Garrett

The heart of Davis's case isn't actually about gay marriage or religious freedom. This debate is about civil versus natural law, and it's a debate that we have engaged in throughout history.

Calling Out Corruption

Judy Frankel | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics
Judy Frankel

Only three candidates are willing to say that the system is corrupt: Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, and Lawrence Lessig. But Trump has no solution to the problem, while the other two do.

NOM Head Brian Brown Lied in His Maine Testimony, Depositions and Affidavit. Will There Be Consequences?

Fred Karger | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics
Fred Karger

I thought I smelled a rat. Turns out six years later I was correct. NOM repeatedly broke Maine's election law, and its president Brian Brown lied about it all the way up to the United States Supreme Court.

How A Kentucky Clerk Became An Ultimate Symbol Of Bigotry

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 08.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Davis is going down as a martyr to cause, having galvanized bigots and religious extremists across Kentucky and across the country, claiming that their religious freedom has been infringed upon by the Supreme Court's ruling.

Refocusing Boy Scouts Post-SCOTUS: Making Global Citizens

Stephan Said | Posted 08.17.2015 | Politics
Stephan Said

With its many millions of youth aspiring to such a forward thinking global citizenship, the potential of Scouting in today's rapidly changing world landscape cannot be underestimated, and should be maximized.

Hey, Rick Santorum, Here’s Why The Dred Scott Case Has Nothing To Do With Marriage Equality

The Huffington Post | Julia Craven | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics

Conservatives never want to talk about slavery until it helps them push their agenda. Enter Rick Santorum, the former senator from Pennsylvania and o...

50 Years Of Progress Cannot Be Scaled Back: It's Time To Restore The Voting Rights Act

Janet Murguía | Posted 08.06.2015 | Latino Voices
Janet Murguía

Through these five decades, the VRA has remained a valuable and relevant tool because despite substantial progress in civil rights, our work is not yet done. On several fronts, Latinos continue to be the target of efforts to limit participation in the voting booth.

Uh Oh! Republican Warns That People May Soon Be Marrying Their Lawnmowers

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 08.05.2015 | Gay Voices

Now that same-sex marriage is legal, one Republican congressman thinks that marrying lawnmowers might be next.  Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) made the...

How SCOTUS Made It Legal For Cops To Pull You Over For Just About Anything

The Marshall Project | Mollie Reilly | Posted 08.03.2015 | Politics

Legal principles can be complicated, but in most courts, until eight months ago, there was a pretty simple one: Ignorance of the law is no excuse. Th...

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Reflects On A Polarizing Term One Month Out

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 07.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg reflected on a polarizing term that featured major decisions on marriage equality, ...

The Supreme Court Is Less Popular Than It Has Been In Decades

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 07.29.2015 | Politics

Don't let the cheering crowds outside the Supreme Court fool you. The largest share of Americans in 30 years has a negative view of the Supreme Court,...

Dear Pat Robertson... Again

Michael Rohrer | Posted 07.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Rohrer

You're a fearmonger, spreading fable's into an already vulnerable society that fears what they don't understand. And many won't take the time to try to understand because people like you are telling them that people like me are pedophiles and they just listen.

If I Must Accept The Hobby Lobby Decision, You Must Accept Marriage Equality

Domenick Scudera | Posted 07.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

According to Senator Cruz, if you like a decision, the court is terrific and doing our country a great favor. But if you disagree with a decision, the court is an imperialist body of out-of-touch, snooty elitists.

Just as the U.S. Legalized Gay Marriage, I'm Getting a Divorce

Cheryl Dumesnil | Posted 07.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Cheryl Dumesnil

Standing in the shadows next to happy couples celebrating their love and marriage benefits is something no one wants to talk about: in establishing a legal foundation for marriages that last, the marriage equality movement also has laid a safe, clear, and legal path for those people like Tracie and me, who have decided to divorce.

American Women Deserve Clarity

Richard Fowler | Posted 07.23.2015 | Media
Richard Fowler

All moral debate aside, women have a strict legal right to abortion that states have been using their regulatory power to encroach upon. Perhaps the Supreme Court should take up this Mississippi case and set clear protections for women once and for all.

Why We've Been Duped by Presidential Fundraising Numbers

Linsey Pecikonis | Posted 07.21.2015 | Politics
Linsey Pecikonis

Just last week, the political establishment was a flurry with news over which 2016 presidential candidate raked in the most money. Ever since the Ci...

You Don't Own Marriage: An Open Letter to Bishop Thomas

Shannon Deep | Posted 07.20.2015 | Religion
Shannon Deep

I got an email from a cousin of mine last week. "Shannon, Your dad wanted me to send you this horrible letter from our church- also sending you wha...