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April 24, 2015

It is striking how much of the argument against marriage equality is rooted in hostility to the role of the federal courts in vindicating constitutional freedoms.  At the Supreme Court, defenders of discriminatory marriage laws contend that it should be up to the voters of a state whether to allow loving, committed same-sex couples the freedom to marry,  ignoring the fact that it is the role of the courts to prevent majorities in the states from denying protections that our Constitution s

April 16, 2015

In the run up to this month’s big constitutional showdown over marriage equality, conservatives are trying to turn the tables, claiming that they, in fact, are the beleaguered minority in the case.  Their spin was front and center in Adam Liptak’s recent New York Times piece reporting that “[t]here are no major law firms urging the justices to rule against gay marriage.”   As Liptak observed, conservatives are claiming that those who “oppose a consti

April 14, 2015

Today we commemorate the 150th anniversary of one of the most tragic events in American history—President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination.

The “what-ifs” abound.

April 1, 2015

When it comes to the fight for marriage equality, all eyes are on the Supreme Court and what it will do this June.  But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing happening in the lower courts in the meantime.  Last week, a district court judge in Texas blocked the federal government from enforci