Despite the Supreme Court's decision to make same-sex marriage legal, many employers are deciding to continue offering benefits to unmarried domestic partners. They see providing benefits--to both same- and opposite-sex domestic partners--as a way to ensure employees and their loved ones are happy and healthy.
Of course, Justice Scalia is correct that failure to understand any such contemporaneous meanings of these terms would lead a modern reader to misinterpret what Queen Anne may have said. However, on its face, this example does not apply to the interpretation and application of an ongoing legal rule.
Chief Justice John Roberts pouted. "Celebrate," he sniffed, sounding as festive as Ebenezer Scrooge. "But do not celebrate the Constitution. It had nothing to do with it." Actually, the Constitution had everything to do with it.
The questions we must answer in these days of victory are, How will we honor the sacrifices and the struggle of those who have come before us? and Whose angels will we be? Who of God's children will survive and find salvation because of the work we have done?
A recent article in the Washington Post repeatedly downplays the significance of 26 million Facebook users changing their profile photos to the colors of the rainbow flag. I disagree. The victory of same-sex marriage can (and should) be shared by the entire country.
The same week the Supreme Court voted to recognize same sex marriages, the Justices upheld another important human right: the right to privacy. On June 22, the Supreme Court struck down a Los Angeles city law requiring hotels to turn over guest information to local authorities.
All religions (and secular philosophies) teach the idea that we should look out for and care for one another. Sadly, the Religious Right and its ilk often do the exact opposite when they work to take away the rights of their fellow citizens.
Jim Obergefell is the named plaintiff in the historic Supreme Court case on marriage equality. I filmed a video with Jim where he explains why marriage equality is so important and what it feels like to be the face of a case that will be written about in textbooks for decades to come.
The Roberts dissent offers a unique view on how the justices do their best to maintain a fallacious distinction between judicial overreach and neutral interpretation of laws that already exist. In other words, it's best to enter the reasoning of the so-called "conservative" justices and deconstruct their arguments from within.
The U.S. Supreme Court's recent rulings on gay marriage and the Housing Discrimination Act are two enormously important milestones united by more than a shared timeline. They are bound together by a shared purpose to dismantle discrimination in this country. But is that feasible?
Women and minorities have secured some rights that are here to stay -- different for each group -- while other rights are still elusive or being stripped away. There is always a backlash to equality, and it could last a very long time, as bigotry doesn't die easily. Like every group, LGBT people have to remain vigilant.
In the wake of the recent King v. Burwell Supreme Court decision to uphold subsidies for the 34 state health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, it's worth understanding why losing them would've made insurance for nearly 6.4 million Americans unaffordable. It boils down to two numbers: the cost of delivering care and the rate that hospitals are paid to do so.
It was scheduled to rain on a big day for my alma mater, and a university big wig told a reverend to pray for God to hold the rain. The reverend chided, "God might have bigger things to worry about. Maybe he even wants it to rain."
Given the amount of time Fox News spends peddling claims of Christian persecution, you might expect them to have a better understanding of the subject.
Fidelity to the Constitution requires fidelity to the law itself, not any particular group of people's subjective understanding of it or expectations about it, whether those people are long dead or still living.
At a moment when Marriage Equality has become national law, albeit by the slimmest of margins LGBTQI folk and our allies would be moronic not to realize how harrowing is this decision for millions who don't share our belief in what is now deemed to be a Constitutionally guaranteed right.