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Affirmative Action, Marriage Equality, and Voting Rights: A Look at the New Supreme Court Term

United States Supreme Court

Last year’s Supreme Court term may have been historic, but in many ways it was just a warm-up.

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While Minnesota Punter Rallies For Marriage Rights, Local Paper Stays Oddly Silent

Chris Kluwe. Photo: Genevieve Ross/AP via Salon.com.

Minnesota could be the first state to defeat a ballot amendment declaring marriage can only be between a man and a woman.  And a punter shall lead them.

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SCOTUS, the ACA, and DOMA: The Parallels Between Same-Sex Constituitonal Challenges And Reproductive Rights

Photo courtesy of Donkey Hotey via Flickr

Thanks to the ruling in the Affordable Care Act, the battle over same-sex marriage may start to look more like the battle over reproductive rights.

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North Carolina: Marriage Rights (but Not Equal Rights) on the May 8th Ballot

North Carolina polls are open for early voting in the primary election, and the rights of unmarried couples are being put to a public referendum.

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Senate Committee Holds Hearings on Repealing Defense of Marriage Act

The Defense of Marriage Act denies a host federal benefits to those gay and lesbian couples who have legally married in DC and the six states that recognize same-sex marriage. Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings on a repeal of that discriminatory law.

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The Princess Bride and Why “Mawwage” By Any Other Name is Not the Same

Some opponents of same-sex marriage sound rational when they offer civil unions as a substitute for marriage but marriage by any other name is not the same. Our society can’t hold out marriage as this ideal and then withhold it from some–even if it is in name only.  We tried separate but equal and we all know it isn’t equal.

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Right-wing Focus on the Family’s Chilling New Agenda on “Marriage Defense”

“Pro-family” group, Focus on the Family is shifting away from opposing same-sex marriage and instead focusing on making it more difficult to obtain a divorce. Does anyone else think this is scary? …

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When the Politics of Hate Comes Home: A Lesbian Couple Grapples with How Politics Affects Their Critically-Ill Child

Simon, Laura and author Jaime on their wedding day.

Jaime and Laura are a lesbian couple in California whose son suffers from a serious heart condition.  Without legal protections, their family would have suffered far more hardship than they did. Jaime addresses supporters of Prop 8 in a letter. 

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Roundup: Virginia Pro-Choice Groups Ask for Equal Regulation of Outpatient Clinics

Same-sex marriages won’t be allowed in California during Prop 8 appeal, international transgender news, trade schools cannot discriminate against applicants with HIV or AIDS, and Virginia pro-choice groups ask for new regulations to be applied to all outpatient surgery centers, not just abortion clinics.

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Morning Roundup: Feinstein Introduces DOMA Repeal

Michigan and Maryland’s slew of anti-abortion bills, trends in banning insurance coverage of abortion, Arizona voting on race and sex abortion ban, Bobby Franklin says something crazy, and Sen. Feinstein introduces repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act.

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