Equality For All

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Recognized Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry

Ruling in Goodridge v. Department of Health Rejects Notion of
“Gay Exception” to State Constitution’s Declaration of Rights

Victory in Massachusetts! Highest State Court Recognizes Right to Same-Sex Marriages

Ruling in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health Rejects “Gay Exception” to State Constitution’s Rights
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has recognized the inherent discrimination in denying equal marriage rights to same-sex couples. Rulings like this one and the decision earlier this year by the U.S. Supreme Court overturning state sodomy laws demonstrate America’s progress toward equal rights for all.

Major General Robert Clark: Promoted

Under General’s Command, Unchecked Harassment Ended in Anti-Gay Murder of Soldier
On Tuesday, the full U.S. Senate promoted Major General Robert T. Clark to the rank of Lieutenant General in command of the Fifth U.S. Army, expanding his command responsibilities. Now that General Robert Clark has been given even greater responsibility, we call on him and on Army leadership to ensure that anti-gay harassment, hostility and violence will not be tolerated.

"Partial Birth Abortion Act of 2003" Unconstitutional

In defiance of a Supreme Court ruling striking down a Nebraska ban on so-called “partial birth abortion,” President Bush today signed into law a similar measure known as the “Partial Birth Abortion Act of 2003.” Ralph G. Neas, president of People For the American Way, said the bill contains language that is so broad it could forbid some safe and common abortion procedures available to women and that it sets the stage for further encroachments on reproductive freedom.

Prop. 54 Defeated in California!

Health Research and Civil Rights Winners
Californians' resounding rejection of Proposition 54 was a remarkable victory for progressives in California and a decisive defeat for Ward Connerly’s longstanding campaign to ban all government consideration of race and ethnicity. PFAW was proud to play a major role in getting the "No On 54" message out before election day.

House Passes DC Voucher Amendment Despite Local Opposition

The House today passed an amendment to create a publicly funded, experimental voucher program for the District of Columbia public schools. The amendment passed 205-203.

Senate Anti-Gay Marriage Hearing a Divisive Diversion

Cornyn hearing likely to elevate bigotry and political grandstanding over basic principles of fairness, equality under the law

DC Voucher Plan OK’d by Senate Appropriations Committee

The Senate Appropriations Committee today approved the Bush administration’s plan to create a publicly funded voucher program for the District of Columbia public schools. People For the American Way President Ralph G. Neas said public education and civil rights advocates would continue to fight the voucher bill in the House of Representatives, where there is significant bipartisan opposition to the plan, and on the floor of the Senate.

Far-Right Funders Back African-American Voucher Advocacy Group (BAEO)

Since its creation in August 2000, the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) has emerged as one of the most visible voucher advocates in the country, even landing a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to promote the White House’s voucher initiatives. Contrary to BAEO’s public relations messaging, the group is not supported by a broad African-American constituency but by a handful of wealthy, far-right foundations and individuals. A report released today takes a closer look at this organization which has become one of the top promoters of the school voucher agenda.

Pfawf Report Exposes Disturbing Agenda Behind Attacks On Public Education

Voucher backers' claimed interest in public education betrayed by PFAWF report

"Competition from vouchers will improve public schools," they say. But do they mean it? Because Americans view public education as a mighty national asset, voucher backers have inserted pro-public schools rhetoric into their spiel. But look beneath the surface and the agenda is crystal clear: privatization of American education.

Supreme Court Decision: Victory for Gay Equality

In a historic victory 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court struck down Texas' anti-gay "homosexual conduct" law. Five justices repudiated the Court's infamous 1986 ruling upholding a Georgia sodomy law as applied to gay people. The decision should have the effect of nullifying such laws in Texas as well as a dozen other states.

Supreme Court Decision: Affirmative Action Principles Upheld

The Supreme Court has narrowly upheld affirmative action programs that take race into account in creating a diverse student body. The Court upheld the constitutionality of the University of Michigan law school's affirmative action program, while ruling against the university's undergraduate affirmative action program. These decisions highlight how critical the next appointments to the Supreme Court will be.

White House Experiences “Decision-Day Conversion” on Affirmative Action

The White House responded to today’s Supreme Court rulings on affirmative action with a statement from President Bush applauding the Court for “recognizing the value of diversity on our Nation's campuses” with decisions that “seek a careful balance between the goal of campus diversity and the fundamental principle of equal treatment under the law.”

In today’s statement, President Bush said, “My Administration will continue to promote policies that expand educational opportunities for Americans from all racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds.” But his administration’s legal brief sought to place tighter restrictions on the efforts of college officials to do just that.

Clark's Record Not Worthy of Promotion

The Senate Armed Services Committee will soon consider the promotion of Major General Robert T. Clark to the rank of Lieutenant General in command of the Fifth U.S. Army. Clark was the commanding officer at Fort Campbell, Ky. While Clark was in command at Fort Campbell, PFC Barry Winchell was repeatedly and blatantly harassed in violation of the Army’s strict guidelines, and ultimately was killed in an anti-gay attack.

6-3 Supreme Court Decision Deals Blow to States' Rights Ideology, Strengthens Worker Protections

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Nevada and other states can be sued when they violate workers’ rights under the groundbreaking federal Family and Medical Leave Act. The decision breaks with a recent run of cases in which the Court’s conservative 5-4 majority overruled Congress in favor of a “states’ rights” judicial philosophy.

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