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Let's All Say it Together: "We Like Each Other"

Charles Redfern | Posted 07.02.2015 | Religion
Charles Redfern

I say this from my perch on the losing side of last week's Supreme Court decision on same sex marriage: We need to chill out. All of us: gay, straight...

Gary Buseck GLAD's Legal Director Explains SCOTUS Marriage Decision (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 07.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

I participated in a conference call following the historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling that gay and lesbian couples in the United States, no matter where they live, have the same legal right to marry as heterosexual couples.

An Open Letter to the Hon. John Roberts

Nathaniel Katz | Posted 06.29.2015 | Religion
Nathaniel Katz

Who are you to act as spokesperson for all people of faith in this country? For that matter, who do you think you are to speak for the Han Chinese, the Carthaginians, the Kalahari Bushmen and the Aztecs?

Samantha Lachman

Supreme Court Upholds Arizona's Independent Redistricting Commission | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Monday that a voter-approved independent redistricting commission in Arizona is constitutional. The conse...

The Same-Sex Marriage Decision: What to Make of the Dissenters

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

A central complaint of the four justices who dissented from the Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges was their repeated assertion that the five justices in the majority were unabashedly distorting the "true" meaning of the Constitution to suit their own personal values and beliefs.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Other Countries On U.S. Marriage Equality: Been There, Done That | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 06.27.2015 | World

TORONTO -- The U.S. took a giant step toward full equality for its LGBT citizens Friday when the Supreme Court ruled that the freedom to marry is a co...

Replicating Our Victories

Steve Ralls | Posted 06.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Steve Ralls

It's the question everyone working on nearly every progressive cause wants to ask, and hopes can be answered: "How do we win on our issue as quickly, and as convincingly, as the LGBT movement has?"

Another Gay Marriage Victory, Another Lesson for Climate Action

Lisa Bennett | Posted 06.26.2015 | Green
Lisa Bennett

The United States Supreme Court ruled today that the right to same-sex marriage is guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution.

The 5 Stages Of Grief For Gay Marriage Opponents

The Huffington Post | Aaron Nemo | Posted 06.26.2015 | Comedy

A very sad day for anyone against marriage equality. Here's what they're going through.

Our Love Is Equal: Justice Kennedy and Civil Rights

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Brian Levin, J.D.

What the Supreme Court did not do today was offer LGBT people heightened protection for their status in other circumstances, as it has done with race and gender. That victory remains for another day. Whatever happens later, however, history will remember Justice Kennedy's words, and his role as a key proponent for the rights of the LGBT community.

Rep. Hank Johnson Rips Racist 'Shoot To Kill' Police Culture

Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics

So that happened. On this week's podcast we hear from Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) about his bill to pursue police demilitarization, discuss the Confeder...

Now More Americans Agree With the Supreme Court on Obamacare

John A. Tures | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

For the first time since they've polled people on the Affordable Care Act, more Americans like Obamacare than dislike it. And an overwhelming majority of citizens like the tax subsidies. Most feel the law works but could be improved with changes. The change they want is different from what opponents are talking about, however.

Supreme Court Decision Upholds Obamacare, a Huge Victory for American Families

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

As a result of today's decision in King v. Burwell, 19,000 people in my district, 232,000 people in Illinois and 6.4 million Americans in 34 states across the country can go to bed tonight knowing that they will wake up tomorrow insured and able to take care of their family's medical needs.

Supreme Court to Los Angeles: No, Business Owners Don't Forfeit Their Fourth Amendment Rights

Evan Bernick | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

In upholding the rights of the challengers in City of Los Angeles v. Patel, the Supreme Court sent an unmistakable message: You don't forfeit your Fourth Amendment rights when you go into business.

Keeping Government Bureaucrats Off the Backs of the Citizenry: The Supreme Court Responds

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

In one swoop, on June 22, 2015, a divided U.S. Supreme Court handed down three consecutive rulings affirming the right of raisin farmers, hotel owners and prison inmates.

Reforming Our Justice System

Carla DiMare | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics
Carla DiMare

How do we improve the judiciary? Easy. Change the law. Some suggestions will cost our country virtually nothing, but will reap benefits of fairness, justice, social order and peace, particularly for the most vulnerable.

Headscarves and the First Amendment

Roger D Barris | Posted 06.19.2015 | Business
Roger D Barris

It strikes me as reasonable that a company has the right to require a certain "look" of its employees, particularly when selling a style is precisely its business. I also know that companies that make a habit of rejecting high quality potential employees for frivolous reasons will soon find themselves with the frivolous employees they deserve.

Ryan J. Reilly

Clarence Thomas Teams Up With Liberals In Confederate Flag Case | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, one of the more conservative members of the country's high court, sided with four liberal justic...

It's Time to End Discrimination in the Workplace

Toni G. Atkins | Posted 06.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Toni G. Atkins

This isn't an issue about choice or religion -- these are real people, losing their livelihoods, their sources of income, and they're more likely to become impoverished because we still have not extended protections to many LGBT people. Demanding the right to fair employment and fair workplace treatment is not demanding special treatment or advantages over others

Senate Resolution Celebrating Second Founding Is Just the Beginning

Doug Kendall | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics
Doug Kendall

Even 150 years later, it's clear that the wounds of the Civil War are not completely healed. But despite these historical and political rifts, there is one thing that can and should unite all Americans, as it has united Senators Leahy and Lee and a unanimous Senate: The wisdom and importance of the constitutional changes wrought by the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Samantha Lachman

Supreme Court To Decide Whether Criminal Defendants Have Right To Hire Lawyers With Frozen Assets | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court took up a case Monday concerning whether the government can deny criminal defendants untainted money they need to hire...

Democracy Demoralized

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Americans know the ugly truth about money in politics. Though the wealthy conceal payoffs through dark money deposits into political pockets, it's no secret to the American public that the rich are buying the government.

Republicans' Obamacare Suit Won't Succeed

Harlan Green | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
Harlan Green

The cynicism of Republican legislators has reached new heights with the upcoming Supreme Court lawsuit against Obamacare subsidies with hearings that began Wednesday. Because their lawsuit won't succeed, just as the more than 50 other attempts to block Obamacare haven't succeeded.

Affirmative Action for Rural America?

Steven Conn | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics
Steven Conn

At the center of Evenwel v. Abbott is a math problem: How do we calculate the size of legislative districts? The answer to that question depends on how we define the principle of "one person, one vote."

SCOTUS: Wrong From The Start?

Michael Levin | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Michael Levin

From slavery to segregation, from Jim Crow to George Bush, the Supreme Court has been consistently on the wrong side of the law. The critique comes not from some outraged, isolated blogger, but from one of the most respected voices in Constitutional law.