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Hunter of Justice - Part 4

Supreme Court: Prop 8 defendants lacked standing to appeal

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June 26, 2013

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No-on-Prop-8-poster-FEATURED

 The Supreme Court, in an unusual line-up, ruled that the Prop 8 proponents lacked standing to appeal the ruling by former U. S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker, who found that Prop 8 violates the U.S. Constitution. As a result, the Ninth Circuit decision affirming that ruling is vacated. The case is now remanded back […]

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DoMA bites the dust

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June 26, 2013

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Edie-Windsor-SCOTUS-2

In a decision by Justice Kennedy, the Supreme Court ruled this morning 5 to 4 that the federal government must recognize the validity of same-sex marriages recognized under state law. Widely anticipated yet still wildly celebrated, the opinion was the first to invalidate a federal statute on the ground that it discriminates based on sexual […]

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Another civil rights defeat on voting rights; marriage decisions come tomorrow

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June 25, 2013

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Supreme-Court-2

In another 5-4 defeat for the progressive Justices, the Supreme Court today effectively eliminated the pre-clearance requirement of the Voting Rights Act.  In an opinion by Chief Justice Roberts in Shelby County v. Holder, the Court ruled that the pre-clearance process used to inhibit states with the worst history of discriminatory voting laws from passing […]

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Supreme Court report: Affirmative action survives, but the knives are out for Title VII

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June 24, 2013

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Supreme-Court

The Supreme Court finally ruled today in the affirmative action case that it heard last October, producing a 7-1 opinion (Kagan recused) that reads like a compromise, and probably one that was drafted and re-drafted multiple times over the last eight months. Civil rights advocates feared that the Court would overrule its 2003 decision in Grutter v. […]

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Rumor of the week: Supreme Court will find no jurisdiction in DoMA case

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June 21, 2013

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Supreme-Court-Interior

Everyone knows that there is an excellent chance that the Prop 8 case will be resolved, at least in part, on standing grounds.  But the rumor sweeping DC this past week has been that the Supreme Court will surprise everyone by ruling that it lacks jurisdiction to decide the constitutionality of DoMA. Is there any […]

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Court strikes down gag rule for HIV prevention groups

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June 20, 2013

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hiv_aids_prevention

The Supreme Court ruled today in Agency for International Development v. Alliance for Open Society that a federal law violated the First Amendment by requiring that recipients of AIDS-related funding adopt explicit policies condemning prostitution. The decision focuses on the constitutional issues that arise when government funds certain programs and imposes limitations on the use of […]

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