Equality For All

Senator Sessions Equates Citizens United with Brown v. Board

Talking Points Memo has reported an exchange in which Sen. Jeff Sessions, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, defended the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC by comparing it to the decision to desegregate American schools in Brown v. Board of Education.

Supreme Court Rules Against Government-Aided Discrimination

The Supreme Court ruled today in a 5-4 decision that a publicly funded law school need not provide funding and recognition to a campus group with policies that discriminate based on religion and sexual orientation.

California Judge Hears Closing Arguments in Prop 8 Trial

In a defining moment for equality, yesterday a federal district court judge heard the closing arguments in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the case that will determine the constitutionality of California’s ban on same-sex marriages.

House, Senate Armed Services Committee Take Critical Steps Toward Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

The House of Representatives and the Senate Armed Services Committee have taken critical steps toward repealing the discriminatory policy that bans gay men and lesbians from serving openly in the military.

Vote to Repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" This Week!

Congress is expected to vote this week on repealing the military's discriminatory policy of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Please call right now and urge your representative to support the repeal.

More Border Enforcement Distracts from Real Immigration Solutions

After meeting with Senate Republicans yesterday, President Obama announced that he would send up to 1,200 additional National Guard troops to the Southwest border and would request an extra $500 million in border security spending from Congress. The move was advocated by Sen. John McCain and Sen. Jon Kyl, both of whom have retreated from their previous support of comprehensive immigration reform.

Michael B. Keegan, President of People For the American Way, issued the following statement:"

Questions and Answers About the Boycott of Arizona

Questions and answers about SB 1070, Arizona state legislation that will in practice lead to racial profiling as accepted police practice.

Civil Rights Groups Announce Boycott of Arizona

In the wake of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s decision to sign SB 1070, state legislation that will in practice lead to racial profiling as accepted police practice, the undersigned organizations join a growing number of groups across the country in taking a stand against this radical law.

Young, Progressive Elected Officials to Convene in Washington

Over 200 young, progressive elected officials will gather this week in Washington at the fifth annual convening of People For the American Way Foundation’s Young Elected Officials Network.

Faith Leaders to Sign Immigration Reform Covenant on Ellis Island

A diverse group of faith leaders from a range of denominations and ethnicities will gather on Ellis Island on Wednesday, May 5, to pledge their unified support for a dignified, just, and tolerant approach to reforming the country's immigration laws.

Statement on the White House’s Extension of Hospital Visitation Rights to Same-Sex Partners

President Obama sent a memo yesterday to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius ordering her to issue rules granting hospital visitation rights to same-sex partners.

p>Michael B. Keegan, President of People For the American Way, issued the following statement:

Honoring Dr. Benjamin Hooks

The Board and staff of People For the American Way was saddened to learn of the death of Dr. Benjamin Hooks, whose leadership in the civil rights movement of the last 60 years has facilitated profound change in our country and has inspired generations of Americans.

PFAW Applauds Moves Towards Ending Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

In a long awaited move, the Senate Armed Services Committee began hearings on possibly ending the military's discriminatory Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy.

Supreme Court Blocks Cameras from Prop 8 Trial

The Supreme Court yesterday issued an order blocking cameras from the courtroom in the case Perry v. Schwarzenegger which challenges the constitutionality of California's anti-gay ballot initiative.

New Jersey State Senate Defeats Marriage Equality Legislation

Today, the New Jersey State Senate rejected legislation that would grant same-sex couples the right to be legally married.

PFAW: Where We've Been and Where We're Going

The recent and unparalleled resurgence of right-wing extremism in todays politics concerns us deeply. But thanks to three decades of PFAW activists, we can meet any challenge.

DC Council Passes Marriage Equality Legislation

The DC City Council today gave final approval to legislation that will extend marriage equality to same-sex couples. Mayor Adrian Fenty has promised to sign the law, which will go into effect after the Congressional review period has elapsed.

Monitoring, Exposing, and Countering the Right in 2009

Following the 2008 election, and the Right’s drubbing at the polls, many people suggested that the Right was dead. Some even said that People For the American Way could declare victory and go home. But we knew better. Despite our optimism at the inauguration of Barack Obama, People For knew that the Right remained a grave threat, with its infrastructure intact, its funders unbowed, and its extremists undaunted

Extreme Anti-Choice Measure Voted Down in Senate

The Senate today voted down a restrictive anti-choice amendment to health care reform legislation. The amendment, which would have prohibited health insurance plans that participate in the new exchange from providing full reproductive health benefits to millions of American women, was modeled on language in the House bill proposed by Representatives Bart Stupak and Joseph Pitts.
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