Same-sex marriage

  • 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 21, 2015

    by Caroline Cox

    Jess Bravin reports in The Wall Street Journal that the Supreme Court has revived a challenge to North Carolina’s election map based on the argument that it “illegally concentrates black voters in a handful of districts.”

    Nina Totenberg profiles for NPR the “accidental activists” of the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage arguments.

    In a new podcast at Slate, Dahlia Lithwick discusses the balance of political and psychological  motivations on the Supreme Court with Adam Liptak and Eric Segall.

    Leslie Griffin criticizes at Hamilton and Griffin on Rights the recent decision by Justice Samuel Alito to stay a lower court decision that refused to grant an exemption to Catholic officials from filling out a form saying they would not provide employees with contraceptive coverage.

    Matt Ford of The Atlantic explains how the death penalty is becoming less common and public support for the practice is on the decline.

  • April 17, 2015

    by Caroline Cox

    At Slate, Cristian Farias argues that the Supreme Court ruling in Heien v. North Carolina has set the stage for more incidents like the Walter Scott shooting.

    At the Text & History Blog of the Constitutional Accountability Center, David H. Gans rebuts the argument that conservatives have been bullied in the same-sex marriage cases.

    Stacy Seicshnaydre in the Huffington Post urges the Supreme Court to uphold the disparate impact cause of action available under the Fair Housing Act.

    In The New York Times, ACS Board of Directors member Linda Greenhouse considers Justice John Paul Stevens life at the Supreme Court in light of his upcoming ninety-fifth birthday.

    Cameron Miculka writes in the Guam Pacific Daily News about the community reaction to the Guam attorney general’s decision to issue same-sex marriage licenses in the territory.

    Dan Morse and Robert Barnes report in The Washington Post on Chief Justice John Roberts’ appearance for jury duty in a Maryland court this week.

  • April 15, 2015

    by Caroline Cox

    Cameron Miculka and Francel Blas report for USA Today that the Guam Attorney General is directing the public health department to begin to issue same-sex marriage licenses immediately. 

    In Salon, Jason Williamson takes a look at how the police commonly and unfairly detain African Americans for trespassing. 

    An appeals court has affirmed a dismissal of U.S. Senator Ron Johnson's lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act, reports Patrick Marley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

    Steven Mazie writes in The Economist's Democracy in America blog considers the challengers' arguments in the same-sex marriage cases set to appear before the Supreme Court.

    David A. Strauss, member of the ACS Board of Directors, considers in The Washington Post what the fight for "religious freedom" means for the broader fight for equality in the United States.  

    At Hamilton and Griffin on Rights, Leslie Griffin considers how the real problem is "the efforts of religious corproations, organizations and individuals to block progress on LGBT and women's equality."

    Lawrence Norden and Daniel I. Weiner consider at the blog for the Brennan Center for Justice the best way to turn the tide of dark money. 

  • April 14, 2015

    by Caroline Cox

    Today is Equal Pay Day, and Catherine Rampell explains in The Washington Post why the fight for equal pay still matters in the United States. 

    In The New York Times, Adam Liptak discusses no major law firms have elected to come out in favor of the case against same-sex marriage. 

    David H. Gans considers the originalist case for same-sex marriage at the Text & History Blog of the Constitutional Accountability Center and argues that the Fourteenth Amendment was written "as a broad guarantee of equality for all."

    At Salon, Heather Digby Parton writes about another less-discussed facet of the Walter Scott tragedy: the overzealous use of Tasers in North Charleston.

    Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig argues in The New Republic that recent comments from Rand Paul on abortion illustrate why both sides need to carefully consider the implications of abortion penalties.