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  • October 30, 2009 9:46 pm | By Drew Courtney

    A Not-So-Great End to a Very Good Week

    In many ways it was a very good week for anyone interested in LGBT equality. Marriage equality legislation took a big step forward in the District of Columbia, federal hate crimes legislation was signed into law after a decade long…

  • October 30, 2009 9:27 pm | By Marge Baker

    Gearing Up for Enforcement of Hate Crimes Prevention Act

    It was a thrill to be at the White House celebrating the historic enactment of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. And now hot off the presses is this memo from Tom Perez, the Assistant…

  • October 28, 2009 7:57 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Ellison Joins the Stand for Muslim Interns

    Last week we mentioned the anti-Muslim witch hunt that some members of Congress wanted to start against, of all people, Congressional interns.And yesterday People For President Michael B. Keegan wrote about the chilling resurgance of McCarthy-like tactics coming from the…

  • October 28, 2009 7:31 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Obama Honors Shepard and Byrd by Signing Hate Crimes Law

    Today marks an historic step forward in the fight for equality. With the signing of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, President Obama sent loud and clear the message that freedom from violence is a…

  • October 28, 2009 3:54 pm | By Michael Keegan

    Have they no decency?

    McCarthyism is back. Let's call it what it is.   We are seeing one witch hunt after another led by right-wing opinion leaders, media outlets, organizations and even members of Congress. They pursue personal smear campaigns, grasping at straws to…

  • October 27, 2009 2:53 pm | By Peter Montgomery

    Marriage Equality Marathon

    Almost 100 people testified on Monday, October 26 in a 7 ½ hour hearing on marriage equality legislation moving in the District of Columbia council. Another 169 people who signed up will testify on Monday, November 2. After that, marriage…

  • October 26, 2009 7:50 pm | By Dennis

    Changing Hearts and Minds

    Changing Hearts and Minds. That was the focus this past weekend at two panel discussions I moderated at the California NAACP State Conference on the topic of Homophobia in the Black Church. From my vantage point it’s clear that these…

  • October 22, 2009 3:05 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Balls and Strikes for Drunk Drivers

    Question: Can a police officer pull a driver over on suspicion of drunk driving based only on an anonymous tip? Based on the quotations below, can you guess what governmental body was asked this week to answer that question?Every year,…

  • October 21, 2009 6:01 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Standing Up For Fairness

    Last week, four Congressmen, obviously concerned that they had so-far failed to plumb the depths of anti-Muslim bigotry, decided to demand an investigation into Muslim interns in Congress.  Their evidence?  A book published by World Net Daily, itself a monument…

  • October 21, 2009 4:52 pm | By Deborah Liu

    Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Uighur Detainees’ case

    Yesterday, the Supreme Court decided to hear the case of 13 Uighur detainees held at Guantanamo Bay who are no longer classified as enemy combatants and have been determined to be no threat to the national security of the United…

  • October 20, 2009 8:20 pm | By Dennis

    PFAW Opposes Unconstitutional Vitter-Bennett Amendment

    Today, People For the American Way was represented by our General Counsel Debbie Liu at a press conference to oppose the Vitter-Bennett amendment, which would require Census workers to ask all Americans their citizenship and immigration status in the 2010…

  • October 20, 2009 4:16 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Obama Continues to Defend Discrimination

    Once more, the Obama Administration is in federal court defending government-mandated discrimination against gay and lesbian Americans. This time, it's Don't Ask Don't Tell, in a case arising in a California federal district court.Previously, DoJ asked the district court to…

  • October 15, 2009 9:10 pm | By Dennis

    Perez Says Justice Department Will Attack Gay Discrimination

    Tom Perez, assistant attorney general in charge of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, has celebrated the imminent passage of legislation that will allow the Justice Department to prosecute discrimination against the LGBT community. Pending legislation includes hate crimes legislation…

  • October 15, 2009 12:50 am | By Paul Gordon

    The “Balls and Strikes” Fraud Continues to Wither Under Scrutiny

    The Right regularly attacks progressive judges for "making policy" and "legislating from the bench." But in oral arguments yesterday, the Supreme Court Justices demonstrated yet again that one of their most important roles is to make policy in difficult circumstances…

  • October 13, 2009 8:26 pm | By Dennis

    National Equality March

    Sunday, October 11, 2009 marked Coming Out Day and the National Equality March in Washington DC. The sun was shining but it wasn’t too hot. There was a large crowd of tens of thousands of people who came from near and far…

  • October 9, 2009 9:01 pm | By Dennis

    Hate Crimes Legislation Passes the House

    Last night, the House passed the Department of Defense Authorization bill in a 281 to 146 vote. Attached to the legislation was the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which will expand current hate crimes law…

  • October 9, 2009 2:12 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Scalia, Empathy, and Crayons

    This week, the Supreme Court heard arguments in Salazar v. Buono, a case involving the display of a cross on top of Sunrise Rock in the Mojave National Preserve, which is federal property. (People For the American Way Foundation joined…

  • October 8, 2009 4:39 pm | By Dennis

    President Obama nominates Judge Chin and Judge Thompson to Court of Appeals

    Judge Chin clerked on the Southern District of New York for Judge Henry F. Werker. He was the first Asian-American appointed as a U.S. District Court Judge outside of the Ninth Circuit. Judge Chin is currently the U.S. District Court…

  • October 7, 2009 6:29 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Roberts and Alito Legislating From the Bench

    This week, the Supreme Court heard arguments in Maryland v. Shatzer, a case involving the constitutional right to counsel during police questioning. The questions asked by the Justices – even the most conservative of them – exposed one of the…

  • October 7, 2009 5:56 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Hate Crimes Legislation One Step Closer to Becoming Law

    Last night, in a 178-234 vote, the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act moved one step closer to becoming law. This legislation protects victims of hate crimes based on disability, sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity. …