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Gay Is Not the New Black: The Supreme Court and the Politics of Misrecognition

LGBTQ rights are not the single civil rights issue of our time. To think otherwise, as all too many do, is the same sort of misrecognition that shaped the Supreme Court’s VRA ruling: the notion that the work of the civil rights movement is done, and it’s time for LGBTQ people to take up their mantle. (Protest sign from Dyke March NYC.)

LGBTQ rights are not the single civil rights issue of our time. To think otherwise, as all too many do, is the same sort of misrecognition that shaped the Supreme Court’s VRA ruling: the notion that the work of the civil rights movement is done, and it’s time for LGBTQ people to take up their mantle.

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Why Justice Alito May Be the Most Dangerous Man on the Bench

Between his dissent in Windsor and his majority opinion in Vance, Justice Alito proves he's willing to do the Bishop's bidding.

For Justice Samuel Alito, the Defense of Marriage Act and workplace discrimination cases represent the coming together of two very real threats to him: advancing equality in society and advancing equality in the workplace.

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What Happens if Pride Parades Become Condom-Free?

What if they stop passing out condoms at Pride?

The organizers of Houston’s annual Pride parade, coming up this weekend, almost banned distributing condoms. And I have a lot of reasons to be skeptical about what a new “family-friendly” and “marriage-minded” LGBT community will mean for Pride.

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DOMA Unconstitutional, Prop 8 Dismissed. What’s Next?

A month since the Defense of Marriage Act was struck down, the limits of the decision are already being tested in federal courts across the country.

The Supreme Court mostly settled the marriage equality question by striking DOMA and Prop 8 but refused to broadly recognize same-sex marriage rights.

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With Big Decisions Still Pending, Roberts Court Targets Even More Civil Rights Laws

A senate bill could target doctors for anti-choice protests, while a house bill would ban private insurance coverage of abortion.

The Roberts Court may be waiting until the bitter end of its current term to deliver the much-awaited decisions on same-sex marriage, affirmative action, and voting rights, but as this term comes to a close the agenda of the conservative wing of the court couldn’t be clearer.

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Is Marriage Equality Almost Here? Six Possible Outcomes of the DOMA and Prop 8 Cases

Sacramento, California, November 22, 2008: Protest against the passage of Proposition 8.

The Supreme Court decisions on DOMA and Prop 8 are expected to come down this month. We’ll soon find out if the Court has chosen to advance the cause of marriage equality, or if it will it leave it for another day.

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Legal Wrap: Marriage Equality, Contraception, and the NRA Teaming Up With Anti-Abortion Groups

Sacramento, California, November 22, 2008: Protest against the passage of Proposition 8.

While the Supreme Court took up marriage equality, the NRA and anti-abortion groups joined forces to block an important judicial appointment.

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Dear Everyone Discussing Marriage Equality: ‘Gender’ and ‘Sexuality’ Are Not the Same Thing

Is the Prop 8 case really about gender, as I keep hearing? It seems to me that no one really cares if two women are raising a child together, unless those two women are lesbians.

Is the Prop 8 case really about gender, as I keep hearing? It seems to me that no one really cares if two women are raising a child together, unless those two women are lesbians.

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Legal Wrap: A Big Win in Idaho, and Companies Fighting Contraception Coverage

A federal court strikes a bunch of abortion restrictions in Idaho, while another for-profit company tries and fight the birth control benefit.

A federal court strikes a bunch of abortion restrictions in Idaho, while another for-profit company tries and fight the birth control benefit.

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Potential SCOTUS Review of DOMA Presents Potential Pivotal Moment for Gay Rights in America

On Friday this week, the US Supreme Court judges are expected to announce which, if any, cases related to gay rights they will review. At stake are not only the right to marry and federal recognition of marriage-related financial benefits for same-sex couples who are already married.

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