Equality For All

House Sends Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal to Senate

The House today passed a bipartisan stand-alone measure repealing the discriminatory Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, sending it to the Senate.

People For the American Way Opposes DADT, Supports Repeal (House)

Nationwide polls and the Pentagon’s own working group have shown strong support for the right of servicemembers to serve their country openly and honestly. We ask you to make open service a priority by casting your vote to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

African American Ministers in Action Opposes DADT, Supports Repeal (House)

There is a time and a season for every activity, every purpose. Now is the time, this is the season to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

African American Ministers in Action Opposes DADT, Supports Repeal (Senate)

There is a time and a season for every activity, every purpose. Now is the time, this is the season to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

People For the American Way Opposes DADT, Supports Repeal (Senate)

Nationwide polls and the Pentagon’s own working group have shown strong support for the right of servicemembers to serve their country openly and honestly. We ask you to make open service a priority by casting your vote to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

Senate Republicans Block Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal

In a procedural vote today, the Senate failed to end a filibuster on the Defense Authorization bill, which included a repeal of the discriminatory Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy

Congress Moves Closer to Passage of DREAM Act

Edging closer to becoming law, the House passed the DREAM Act yesterday and today the Senate took a procedural vote that temporarily delayed action on the measure in order to build more support for its consideration in the coming week.

Reid Seeks Pathway to Move DADT Repeal Forward

In a welcome move to ensure equality for all, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid during remarks on the Senate floor today made clear his intent to continue working to permitt a vote on repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell in the near future.

Pentagon Study Confirms Discrimination in the Military is Harmful and Unnecessary

A long-anticipated Pentagon study released today finds that the discriminatory Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy can be ended without harming military effectiveness.

Senate Refuses to Move Forward on Paycheck Fairness Act

The Senate today voted to continue a filibuster on the Paycheck Fairness Act, a measure meant to help prevent sex-based wage discrimination. The measure came two votes short of the 60 needed for cloture.

People For the American Way Supports the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 3772)

Especially in this unsteady economy, people who are struggling to pay their bills shouldn’t have to worry about whether they are being discriminated against in the workplace.

Judge Halts Enforcement of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”

A federal judge in California today ordered the military to immediately stop enforcing the discriminatory Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy.

Statement from Leslie Watson Malachi on Alveda King

Leslie Watson Malachi, Director of People For the American Way Foundation's African American Ministers Leadership Council, said, "Alveda King claims that, in fighting to deny women the freedom to make choices over our own bodies and to deny rights to gay and lesbian Americans, she carries on her uncle's legacy. We know better. African American women across the country are working to advance the values of freedom, equality, and justice, fighting for reproductive choice and the freedom of all people to marry.

Senate GOP Votes in Lockstep to Block DADT Repeal, DREAM Act

The Senate GOP voted in unison today to block efforts to take up the Defense Authorization bill, which was to be the vehicle for repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and passing the DREAM Act. No GOP Senator voted to proceed with the bill.

Will GOP leaders share a stage with one of the most anti-Muslim, anti-gay men in America?

GOP leaders like MN Rep. Michele Bachman, VA Gov. Bob McDonnell, and 2012 presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich, and Mike Pence are joining the hatemonger Bryan Fischer at this weekend's so-called "Values Voter Summit."

Getting beyond Racism: Diversity, Equal Opportunity, and Affirmative Action

Affirmative action acknowledges the fact that race continues to have a very real impact on society. When properly implemented, affirmative action is an essential step toward ensuring that diversity becomes the rule, not the exception.

Court Rejects “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”

In a step forward for equality for all Americans, U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips of California ruled yesterday that the military's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy violates servicemembers' Fifth Amendment due process rights and their First Amendment speech rights.

African American Ministers In Action Applauds Obama Jobs Program

Reverend Timothy McDonald, Chairman of African American Ministers In Action (AAMIA), a program of People For the American Way, today applauded President Obama for proposing a robust investment in American infrastructure that would create thousands of new jobs.

“Americans of all backgrounds are suffering in this recession,” said Reverend McDonald, “and we want our elected representatives to do what they can to help.  The plan that the president proposed today would make a real difference in the lives of thousands, even millions of Americans.”

PFAW Congratulates Meek for Florida Primary Victory

Rep. Kendrick Meek won a three-way Democratic Senate primary in Florida yesterday. People For the American Way Voters Alliance has endorsed Meek, citing his history of working for voting rights, public education, and reproductive freedom.

Losing Their Appeal: The Real Reason the Right is Terrified by the Prop 8 Case

In the weeks since Judge Vaughn Walker found California's gay marriage ban unconstitutional, the Right Wing has, unsurprisingly, worked itself into a characteristic bigoted bluster. But this time, something about the bluster is different.
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