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  • January 12, 2010 11:07 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Specter Says He’ll Support Dawn Johnsen

    In what can only be taken as good news for the rule of law, Senator Arlen Specter said today that he’ll support Dawn Johnsen’s nomination to head the Office of Legal Counsel. UPDATE (3:48 p.m.): A statement from Specter's office:…

  • January 12, 2010 5:23 pm | By Deborah Liu

    “Ministerial Exception” in Maryland Court

    Today, Maryland’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, will hear oral argument in the case of Mary Linklater v. Prince of Peace Lutheran Church.  Its decision will address the application of the “ministerial exception” – a judicially recognized legal doctrine…

  • January 11, 2010 9:00 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Prop 8 Case Goes to Trial

    Anyone interested in equal rights for all Americans might want to pay attention to the trial starting today in San Francisco. In the case, superstar lawyers David Boies and Ted Olson are arguing that Prop 8 violates the due process…

  • January 7, 2010 12:20 am | By Marge Baker

    The GOP and the Courts

    If anyone had any doubt that the courts matter, check out this article in today’s Hill about Republicans and allied groups vowing to spend millions on legal challenges to healthcare reform and other parts of the Obama agenda. Health care,…

  • January 5, 2010 5:47 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Dawn Johnsen’s Year in Review

    January 5th might not be circled in red on your calendar (unless, of course, you’re celebrating Twelfth Night) but for some of us it’s become a noteworthy, if not entirely happy, anniversary. One year ago today, then-President-elect Obama announced that…

  • December 30, 2009 9:49 pm | By Marge Baker

    Dawn Johnsen and the GOP Obstruction Game

    As you may have seen reported, in a perfect exclamation point to the obstruction we've seen all year, when the Senate adjourned last week, the Republicans objected to what is ordinarily a routine request to waive Senate rules and permit…

  • December 16, 2009 12:23 am | By Sergio

    DC Victory for Marriage Equality

    Yesterday, PFAW staff joined hundreds of DC residents at the Rally for Marriage Equality at the Kennedy Recreation Center in Washington, DC to support the DC Council’s vote on marriage equality.Several lead sponsors of the bill including Jim Ward, David…

  • December 16, 2009 12:19 am | By Marge Baker

    Senator Leahy Decries Republican Obstruction on Nominees

    Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy lashed out today at the unprecedented obstruction of judicial and executive branch nominees by the Republican majority. There are currently 12 judicial and 15 executive branch nominees on the Senate Calendar that the Republicans are…

  • December 14, 2009 11:41 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Joe Lieberman Speaks Out Against Joe Lieberman

    You might have read the recent news about Joe Lieberman’s efforts to block meaningful health care reform. It’s no longer surprising that Senator Lieberman is doing everything he can to slow down or stop reform, but it might be surprising…

  • December 14, 2009 10:14 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Annise Parker Elected Mayor of Houston

    On Saturday, Annise Parker was elected mayor of Houston. This makes Houston, the fourth largest city in the country, the largest municipality in America to have elected an openly gay mayor.Of course, the right wing has never met an openly…

  • December 10, 2009 7:22 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Sotomayor takes progressive step forward, refers to “undocumented immigrant”

    Senator Durbin once referred to America’s immigration crisis as a “crisis of humanity.” Yesterday, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor agreed when she referred to immigrants not as “illegal” or “alien” but as “undocumented.” Use of this humanizing term marks both…

  • December 9, 2009 12:00 am | By Stacey Gates

    The Pew and the Bench: A Faith Summit on the Federal Judiciary

    Today, there was a panel at the Religious Action Center discussing the role of religious communities in debates over judicial nominees. Joi Orr, program assistant with People for the American Way’s African American Religious Affairs department spoke about the role…

  • December 8, 2009 7:40 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Supreme Court Takes Church-State Case

    Yesterday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, a case with important consequences for church-state separation.The group, the Christian Legal Society, says it welcomes all students to participate in its activities. But it does not allow…

  • December 3, 2009 6:20 pm | By Stacey Gates

    New GAO Report Exposes More About Politicization of Department of Justice Under Bush

    With a new Government Accountability Office report on the activities of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice between 2001-2007, we are learning even more about a department that had been politicized to a dangerous degree under the…

  • December 3, 2009 12:02 am | By Stacey Gates

    Stop the ‘Stupak Attack’

    Today, several hundred pro-choice activists from across the country descended on Capitol Hill to tell members of Congress, “Stop Stupak,” and oppose language in the health care reform bill which would cause millions of women to lose reproductive health care…

  • November 24, 2009 4:10 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Happy Birthday, Origin of Species!

    In case you had somehow overlooked it, today is the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species,” the scientific landmark that reshaped the way we see the natural world—and which religious extremists rail about…

  • November 23, 2009 5:02 pm | By Stacey Gates

    Efforts to End DADT Stalled in Key Senate Committee

    The Senate Armed Services Committee has confirmed that a scheduled November hearing on the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) has been indefinitely postponed. The delay has been attributed to the pressures of Committee work on other issues, including…

  • November 20, 2009 11:04 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Not the End of DOMA (Reprise)

    This week, there was a new development in a California case where a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in February ruled the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. The Los Angeles Times reports the…

  • November 20, 2009 8:33 pm | By Stacey Gates

    New York Court Rules Some Same-Sex Couples Entitled to Benefits

    Yesterday, the New York State Court of Appeals rejected the right-wing Alliance Defense Fund’s challenge to two local and state policy determinations that had the effect of extending benefits to the same-sex spouses of government employees who were married outside…

  • November 19, 2009 7:13 pm | By Stacey Gates

    Reid Announces Senate Health Care Bill Without Stupak Amendment

    Surely we have a lot of fighting left to do, but it’s encouraging that the Senate has introduced a health care bill without the Stupak-Pitts anti-choice amendment, which passed in the House. There’s no doubt that the right-wing will attack…