marriage equality

  • April 24, 2015

    by Caroline Cox

    The Editorial Board of The Washington Post remarks on the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as the next attorney general, calling the vote “embarrassing not to Ms. Lynch, who clearly deserved confirmation, but to the Republicans who voted against a nominee who should have breezed through.”

    Tom Donnelly explains at Slate how the history behind the drafting of the Fourteenth Amendment created the conditions necessary for modern marriage equality.

    At The New Republic, Brianne J. Gorod uses previous decisions of the Supreme Court to show that state bans on same-sex marriage cannot trump the protections found in the U.S. Constitution.

    Lawrence Hurley discusses at Reuters how the United States’ biggest financial firms have clearly sided with marriage equality “by urging the court to strike down state laws banning same-sex unions.”

    In The New York Times, Jonathan Sherman urges the Court to end its ban on cameras during oral arguments.  

  • April 2, 2015

    by Caroline Cox

    Nina Totenberg of NPR reports on the recent Supreme Court ruling that private Medicaid providers cannot sue states for higher reimbursement rates to keep pace with rising medical costs.

    Monica Davey and Richard Pérez-Peña report for The New York Times that Indiana Republicans will revise the state’s controversial religious freedom law to prohibit discrimination.

    In the Huffington Post, Brianne Gorod writes that the battle in lower courts over same-sex marriage shows how important it is for the Supreme Court to recognize marriage equality.

    Following the ruling in Young v. UPS, George Gao and Gretchen Livingston of the Pew Research Center explain that working while pregnant is even more common than when the Pregnancy Discrimination Act was first made into law.

    At Slate, Mark Joseph Stern writes that the Supreme Court is considering whether to allow Louisiana to execute a man who claims to be intellectually disabled.

    Michael Li reports at the blog for the Brennan Center for Justice that the courts are likely to review Virginia’s congressional map.

  • March 18, 2015

    by Caroline Cox

    Attorneys arguing for marriage equality have stalled on the decision about who will argue before the Supreme Court, reports Chris Geidner at Buzzfeed. Other coverage comes from David Savage at the Los Angeles Times.

    Mark Joseph Stern argues at Slate that Jeffrey L. Fisher should be the lawyer chosen to argue for marriage equality before the Supreme Court.

    Lauren-Brooke Eisen and Oliver Roeder discuss the faulty perception of crime rates in the United States at the blog for the Brennan Center for Justice.

    At NPR, Domenico Montanaro considers whether automatic voter registration would increase voter turnout.

    The Presbyterian Church announced that it has changed its definition of marriage to include same-sex couples, reports Rachel Zoll at Salon.

  • February 13, 2015

    by Caroline Cox

    A new study from the Brennan Center for Justice examines the causes of the dramatic decline in crime nationwide in the last two decades. The study argues that harsh criminal justice polices and increased incarceration did not drive the decline.

    David S. Cohen argues at Salon that although marriage equality is likely to win at the Supreme Court, the decision is still unpredictable.

    Cristian Farias offers a critique of Chief Justice John Roberts at Slate, asserting that his life experiences limit his reasoning on Fourth Amendment cases.

    At Bloomberg Business, Greg Stohr writes that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is still leading the push for women’s equality. 

    Zoe Carpenter of The Nation considers the FBI Director’s recent comments on policing, race, and police violence.

  • January 30, 2015

    by Caroline Cox

    In the Huffington Post, Jonathan Cohn writes about a letter from Ben Nelson that lawmakers are using to defend the language of the ACA on state exchanges and tax credits. 

    Vivian Ho reports for SF Gate on the arrest of a San Francisco deputy public defender detained outside of court. Jeff Adachi, a public defender and a member of the ACS Bay Area Lawyer Chapter Board of Advisors, speaks against the arrest in the article.

    Garrett Epps argues in The Atlantic that anything but a Supreme Court decision that unequivocally supports marriage equality will risk state-level obstruction.

    In The New York Review of Books, David Cole reflects on Citizens United and urges the Court “to recognize the urgent and legitimate need for robust limits on campaign spending.”

    At The Nation, Nan Aron, William William Yeomans, and Michelle D. Schwartz consider how the Roberts Court has helped the wealthy and left little protection for others.