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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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How the Voting Rights Act Gave Us Wendy Davis’ Filibuster

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Wendy Davis wouldn’t have won re-election if she hadn’t challenged GOP gerrymandering under the section of the VRA that was gutted by the Supreme Court this week.

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John Roberts Finally Guts Voting Rights Act, States Rush to Enact Voter ID Laws

Chief Justice John Roberts and the conservative wing of the Supreme Court took one day to undo the work of over a hundred years of civil rights activists.

Not quite two hours after the decision came down, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced the state’s voter ID law would go into effect, and voter ID laws are also expected to go into effect in Mississippi and South Carolina.

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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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How Do You Prove That Discrimination No Longer Exists?

At the heart of the discussion about the need for both VAWA and the Voting Rights Act is a fundamental disagreement about what governments should do about discrimination, and, even more so, what they shouldn’t do.

At the center of recent legal and legislative battles is the question of how to determine the exact moment when everyone truly has equal opportunities.

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Bullies on the Bench: The Vast Difference Between Justices Scalia, Sotomayor, and Kagan

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

No, Dana Milbank, Justices Sotomayor and Kagan are not like Justice Scalia at all.

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The Simple and Insidious Way John Roberts Could Gut The Voting Rights Act

Chief Justice Roberts.

There’s a lot to be worried about when it comes to the Voting Rights Act, including the Chief Justice saving face.

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SCOTUS Looks Ready To Gut Voting Rights Act

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In granting review of Shelby Co. v. Holder the Roberts Court sent signals the Voting Rights Act is in real trouble.

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

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

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