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Leading the March Towards Criminal Justice

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.05.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Bryan Stevenson is unwavering in that vision and in lifting his voice of great moral clarity at the forefront of the struggle. Every new hard-earned and overdue victory should remind us all that we must keep moving towards greater justice for all.

Will Donald Trump Force the United States Supreme Court to Define "Natural Born Citizen" Regarding Its Applicability to the Eligibility of a Presidential Candidate Who is Not Even African American?

Dana T. Blackmore | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics
Dana T. Blackmore

Anyone who has a law degree should know that individuals' interpretation of the meaning of a statute (including the U.S. Constitution) means nothing. ...

Guns Make Anger and Despair Lethal

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.09.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

These new measures will not prevent every shooting that snuffs out the lives of nearly seven children to gun violence daily, but they will save many lives and help staunch the relentless plague of gun violence that terrorizes our nation's homes, schools and communities.

Justice Scalia, Affirmative Action and the Perils of Oral Argument

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 12.15.2015 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

Although I often disagree with Justice Scalia, and although I emphatically disagree with him about the constitutionality of affirmative action, the outrage and condemnation sparked by this comment is completely unwarranted.

Supreme Court Review Sought in Same-Sex Adoption Case

Margaret Ryznar | Posted 11.22.2015 | Politics
Margaret Ryznar

While adoption traditionally requires the termination of a biological parent's legal rights in order to vest them in an adoptive parent, some states p...

Korematsu Lives

Pavan V. Parikh | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics
Pavan V. Parikh

Congress has taken numerous stabs at retreating from the premise that the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II was constitutional. However, the Supreme Court case that justified it, Korematsu v. United States, has never been overruled.

Letting a Ten-Year-Old Waive His Miranda Rights? There Oughtta Be a Law

Marsha Levick | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics
Marsha Levick

It doesn't take a brain surgeon to know that the average ten-year-old is incapable of waiving his Miranda rights on his own. In fact, most brain surgeons can point to hard physical evidence that they can't.

Women of the Law

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 10.19.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Greenberger, the founder and co-president of the National Women's Law Center, was the first full-time women's rights legal advocate in Washington, D.C. A recognized expert on sex discrimination and the law, her efforts have been pivotal to the passage of legislation protecting the rights of women.

"Wichita Massacre" Death Penalty Case Pits Brother Against Brother

Jim Diamond | Posted 10.13.2015 | Crime
Jim Diamond

Should two brothers who were convicted of a horrific murderous crime spree be tried in court together and sentenced to death in one combined sentencing hearing? Alternatively, does justice mandate erecting a wall between their two cases and holding separate individualized hearings?

Will Someone Please Point Out Ben Carson's Religious Hypocrisy?

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.28.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Ben Carson is trying to portray his stance on Muslims and Sharia law as defending the United States Constitution. But by making the argument for the separation of mosque and state but not church and state, he is showing his own hypocrisy.

Bigotry and Repression in 'Religious' Guise

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 09.15.2015 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Kim Davis certainly does not walk in the footsteps of progressive leaders who took a stand to improve circumstances for oppressed people. Rather, she follows the muddled path of such people as Alabama Governor George Wallace.

'Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death': The Loss of Our Freedoms in the Wake of 9/11

John W. Whitehead | Posted 09.09.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

What began with the passage of the USA Patriot Act in October 2001 has snowballed into the eradication of every vital safeguard against government overreach, corruption and abuse. Since then, we have been terrorized, traumatized, and acclimated to life in the American Surveillance State.

Empathy and Decision Making

Mark Baer | Posted 08.17.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

We are both members of The Esquire Network (TEN) and he has been mentioning that we seem to have very similar approaches to the practice of law and suggesting that we should discuss it further over breakfast. We did just that.

Mary Bonauto, Civil Rights Advocates and Activists Talk LGBT Equality (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Charlotte Robinson

It was an intimate celebration with GLAD Board members and leaders who worked tirelessly to achieve equality for our LGBT community, including Mary Bonauto, GLAD's Civil Rights Project Director.

Oh No! The Supreme Court's Opinion Season Was So Head-Spinning That One Federal Court Got Whiplash

Laura Murray-Tjan | Posted 07.29.2015 | Politics
Laura Murray-Tjan

Those of us outside the courthouse cannot know which cases fall by the wayside, receiving less judicial attention than they require. Every litigant expects what the courts promise: Justice. But some of us aren't getting it.

Vetting Voters?

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 07.25.2015 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

The flag goes down and the bars go up. There's a nice synchronicity to it. Of course it was nothing more than a coincidence. The efforts to raise the bar have been going on at least as long as the efforts to lower the Confederate flag.

Queer No Longer Queer - Nor Is Privacy

Gary North | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Gary North

So, if inherent in the ruling is the underlying acceptance that everyone is equal under the law and that our relationships are legit, therefore there is no reason to hide our relationships or enable others to hide: This is the "new" gay-positive/post-bigoted America: The court has basically said so.

Why the Supreme Court's Decision to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage Will Benefit You Wherever You Are On the Planet

Sara El-Yafi | Posted 07.17.2015 | Science
Sara El-Yafi

No matter what occurs, social imbalance will simply not be sustained for long. It is unnatural and it is the reason many civilizations fall: They miss the brink of equality and the state of affairs collapses them. And that is the unequivocal history of humanity.

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore Hopes The Country Doesn't Go To War Over Gay Marriage

The Huffington Post | Jacob Kerr | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics

While some same-sex marriage critics have threatened to respond to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on marriage equality last month with civil diso...

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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...