The gutting of the Voting Rights Act is a major setback in the struggle for racial justice. This doesn't mean we can't celebrate the death of DOMA and Prop 8, two hateful pieces of legislation. But we can't let our rainbow flags blind us to what's happening behind the scenes.
Maybe despite their screams to the press that they would win, they knew what was coming, what was inevitable. What followed that amazing day when my husband and I woke up without equality and went to bed with 1,100 more rights, was truly dumbfounding.
On the steps of the Supreme Court, we began to sing the national anthem. I'm amazed by how incredible it feels to sing this. It's a powerful thing to hear a host of men's voices blending together, marginalized citizens showing pride in and passion for a country slow to embrace them fully.
On this 237th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, the daughters of 2013 still don't have equal constitutional rights with men, though many Americans think otherwise. Nope.
"Frank and Nikki sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G." Almost everyone knows the rest of this song: "First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes th...
The first step is to simply realize and accept that fear and love cannot coexist, because pure love by nature does not allow or involve even the tiniest fraction of fear. Then we can begin to practice deciding how we will behave accordingly, and what we will accept from others.
The Supreme Court is dead wrong in its cases trivializing voters. Congress needs to act, and we need to shine a spotlight on the Supreme Court. We need to restore voting as a fundamental right and keep on pursuing the "noble goal."
Chief Justice Roberts has cultivated a public image as a less-than-right-wing zealot, while actually amassing a record certain to excite members of the Chamber of Commerce and Tea Party alike.
"There is nothing -- nothing -- that roils me more than the fictional claim, ascendant in these times, that America has achieved some kind of 'post-racial' state, or that we have, as a nation, moved beyond having to worry too much about race matters or racist realities."
In the wake of the DOMA and Prop 8 rulings, evangelicals shouldn't only be investigating their view of marriage, sexuality, and politics, but also their perception of themselves and who is shaping it.
Equal Justice Under Law. Those are the words carved in white Vermont marble on the west front of the U.S. Supreme Court building. But last week, the Supreme Court dispensed a version of justice that's anything but equal for millions of Americans.
They have expressed in supposedly sad tones that they merely believe that marriage is between a man and a woman, and that it is unfair that their "simple and innocent" belief would have them labeled "bigots." It's a game many of them play to distract us from a real issue.
Last year, my partner Sumitra and I moved to Iowa to get married. After 26 years, we will finally tie the knot this fall in Des Moines. And it occurred to me the night of the Supreme Court rulings that my marriage would mean so much more now.
Make no mistake: voting rights in this country are still under assault. In the 1960s, voter suppression was carried out with attack dogs, water hoses, and physical beatings Today, those who seek to disenfranchise minorities use more discreet tactics.
If we're all equal, the machinery of democracy shouldn't be gummed up by outdated racial classifications. In other words, the Supreme Court is increasingly embracing the Constitution's structural and rights-based protections for individual freedom and self-governance.
Perhaps showing compassion for those who disagree with us can help take us closer to that day when all of us will rejoice at these SCOTUS rulings and the confirmation of every American's inalienable right to the pursuit of happiness.