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  • 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. …

  • October 7, 2009 3:57 pm | By Deborah Liu

    Church, State, Land Swaps, and the Supreme Court

    Today, the Supreme Court is hearing oral argument in the case of 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. A former employee…

  • October 6, 2009 9:58 pm | By Marge Baker

    Correcting the Court

    Exhibit A from last term of the Roberts Court's conservative judicial activism is the Gross age discrimination case where the Court, in an opinion written by Justice Clarence Thomas, reached out to decide an issue that hadn't been briefed and…

  • October 6, 2009 8:09 pm | By Dennis

    Marriage Equality Bill Introduced in DC

    DC Councilman David Catania introduced a bill on Tuesday that will end discrimination against same sex couples who wish to marry in the nation's capital. The District already recognizes same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions, but the new proposal will…

  • October 6, 2009 3:23 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Bob McDonnell and the High Cost of Being a Gay Couple

    In Virginia, far right gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell has gotten a lot of attention for his belief that it is the duty of government to punish homosexuality. McDonnell came to mind this weekend when I read a sobering article in…

  • October 6, 2009 3:18 pm | By Marge Baker

    Hints for the Obama Agenda in the Coming Supreme Court Term

    As discussed in a number of previous posts, the Roberts Court has demonstrated its conservative ideological bent, striking down laws passed by Congress and demonstrating a willingness to ignore long-standing precedent. It reached out last term in the Gross age…

  • October 5, 2009 5:04 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Business at the Court

    It's the first Monday in October, and that means another Supreme Court term is upon us. In addition to cases addressing church-state separation and First Amendment protections, the Court will be hearing a load of cases relating to business and…

  • October 2, 2009 3:41 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Standing Up For Kevin Jennings

    The Right Wing smear machine has been in overdrive attacking Kevin Jennings, who heads the Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools.  But the education community is having none of it. The National Association of School Psychologists…

  • September 29, 2009 8:44 pm | By Dennis

    Rep. Franks calls President Obama “an enemy of humanity”

    Recently, Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) accused President Obama as being “an enemy of humanity” in a speech at the How to Take Back America Conference. Rep. Franks said:We shouldn't be shocked that he does all these other insane things. A…

  • September 18, 2009 10:21 pm | By Josh

    Mary Travers, Defender of Democracy and Folk Music Legend, R.I.P.

    Mary Travers of the folk music trio Peter, Paul and Mary passed away this week. She was a longtime friend, ally, and supporter of People For the American Way and a powerful advocate for justice and equal rights throughout her…