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  • 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,…

  • 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…

  • November 18, 2009 6:18 pm | By Paul Gordon

    DC Marriage Equality and Religious Liberty

    Over the past few weeks, the DC Council has been considering a bill to allow gays and lesbians to marry in Washington, DC. In light of some misleading charges by Catholic Charities that the existing bill would impair its religious…

  • November 18, 2009 6:00 am | By Rev. Timothy McDonald

    Washington Post Publishes One-Sided Feature Story on Bishop Harry Jackson

    The Washington Post published a one-sided piece on Bishop Harry Jackson that neglected to mention his ties to right-wing political figures such as James Dobson, Lou Sheldon, Tony Perkins and the Family Research Council.Bishop Harry Jackson has enthusiastically opposed equality…

  • November 18, 2009 2:27 am | By Judith Schaeffer

    D.C. Strikes Down Anti-Marriage Equality Initiative

    The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics issued a memorandum today keeping anti-marriage equality legislation off the ballot in the District of Columbia. A public hearing was held on October 26, 2009 on the “Marriage Initiative of 2009”, which would…

  • November 13, 2009 9:51 pm | By Judith Schaeffer

    Despite Anti-Choice Health Care Attacks, RNC Covered Abortion Services Since 1991

    Despite 176 House Republicans voting for the Stupak amendment that makes it nearly impossible for private insurance companies participating in the new healthcare system to cover abortion services, as of yesterday, the Republican National Committee provided employees with an insurance…

  • November 13, 2009 5:57 pm | By Judith Schaeffer

    Is the End of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell on the Horizon?

    Democratic leaders have announced that a repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell will likely be attached to next year's defense authorization bill. The 1993 policy prohibits anyone that "demonstrate(s) a propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts" from serving…