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Paul Gordon

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Why the Right's Response to Marriage Equality Is Anything But Principled

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 1:40 PM

Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal and other conservative leaders have recently lashed out against the Supreme Court's decision on marriage equality by proclaiming that local clerks who don't personally agree with marriage equality should not be required to issue marriage licenses or perform weddings for same-sex couples -- even...

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Toomey's Explanation for Restrepo Delay Raises More Questions

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 1:37 PM

Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey has been taking a lot of heat at home for collaborating with Chuck Grassley's scheme to delay Phil Restrepo's confirmation to the Third Circuit for as long as possible. Restrepo was nominated in November, half a year ago. But despite enthusiastic statements of support from both...

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Americans Will Know Who to Blame If the Roberts Court Wrecks Our Healthcare System

(47) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 3:49 PM

Some Supreme Court cases are really tough ones, with important, difficult, and complex legal questions about constitutional meaning or statutory interpretation, where justices have to choose between two powerful and compelling arguments. Sometimes the court is called upon to resolve an issue that has divided the circuit courts. Other times...

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Alabama Marriage Mess Shows Dangers of Distorted 'Religious Liberty' Claims

(385) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 9:30 AM

Across Alabama, local judges are openly defying a federal judicial order to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The New York Times reported yesterday that 44 of the state's 67 counties were not granting licenses. The state is a checkerboard where gay and lesbian Alabamans are locked out...

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Marriage Cases Highlight Narrowly-Divided Court

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 3:15 PM

Over the past year, as marriage equality rulings swept across the country, the U.S. Supreme Court repeatedly declined to step in. Now that the justices have agreed to hear marriage cases this term, many advocates of equality are optimistic that the Court will affirm that state marriage bans are unconstitutional....

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Dear Judge Sutton

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 11:05 AM

Dear Judge Sutton,

Your opinion for the Sixth Circuit last week upholding four states' marriage bans echoed comments you made during oral arguments in the marriage equality cases suggesting that lesbians and gays would be better off winning their rights by gradual democratic persuasion rather than...

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Lame Duck Opportunity and Obligation: Confirm Judges

(1) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 10:36 AM

During the upcoming lame duck session, the Senate has an opportunity to finish up a critically important task where they can act quickly by unanimous consent or voice votes: confirming two dozen judicial nominees.

The GOP's behavior during their last few weeks as the minority party will be very telling....

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Mike Boggs' Record Catches Up to Him

(1) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 7:03 PM

This is a good day for Americans who care about our federal courts. According to press reports, Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy has said that Georgia federal district court nominee Mike Boggs lacks majority support on the committee and that he should withdraw. The New York...

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The Victims of the Religious Right

(251) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 10:29 AM

Yesterday's marriage equality ruling from a federal district court in Florida, like so many before it, strikes down laws preventing same-sex couples from marrying. And like all the ones before it, this ruling isn't a theoretical treatise on the law, but a legal opinion affecting real...

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For the Roberts Court, Facts Are Malleable

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 10:53 AM

Sen. Patrick Moynihan famously noted that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts. Unfortunately, as the Supreme Court's recent opinion in the blockbuster McCutcheon v. FEC campaign finance case reminded us, someone forgot to tell the Roberts Court.

For the...

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Money in Politics, Voter Suppression, and Right-Wing Courts: The Right's Three-Pronged Plan to Corrupt Our Democracy

(1) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 10:48 AM

Earlier this fall, the Senate Judiciary Committee held an important hearing on "The Citizens United Court and the Continuing Importance of the Voting Rights Act." This focus on multiple issues within the same hearing signaled a growing recognition that three seemingly different areas of concern - money in...

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