Same-sex marriage

  • 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 23, 2015

    by Caroline Cox

    Nina Totenberg of NPR previews today’s oral arguments for a Supreme Court case that considers whether a Confederate flag on a license plate is an exercise of free speech.

    At Hamilton and Griffin on Rights, Leslie Shoebotham considers City and County of San Francisco v. Sheehan, in which the Supreme Court will examine what duties the Americans with Disabilities Act places on police officers.

    The Editorial Board of The New York Times argues that in a case before the Supreme Court about the Clean Air Act, the Court should not limit the EPA’s authority to carry out the law’s purpose.

    Chris Geidner writes at Buzzfeed about Jim Obergefell, a plaintiff in the Supreme Court challenges to state bans on same-sex marriage.

    At the New Republic, Ian Millhiser claims that the Supreme Court cannot be trusted to protect voting rights.

  • 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 20, 2015

    by Caroline Cox

    Mark Berman reports for The Washington Post that a Texas county has issued the state’s first marriage license to a same-sex couple. The Texas Supreme Court has issued a stay to halt other such marriages, and the Texas attorney general is arguing that the same-sex couple’s marriage is void, reports the Associated Press.

    Also in The Washington Post, George Sargent writes that a Supreme Court decision against the Affordable Care Act could cost the United States billions of dollars.

    At Talking Points Memo, Sahil Kapur examines the strategy of Affordable Care Act defenders to persuade Chief Justice John Roberts in King v. Burwell.

    Joel Cohen considers in Slate how to reform grand juries in the wake of the controversial Ferguson grand jury and public distrust of the grand jury system.

    At the blog for the Brennan Center for Justice, Michael Li discusses two Texas redistricting cases working their way through the courts.

    Gail Collins writes for The New York Times about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s growing popularity and refusal to retire.

  • 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.