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  • June 13, 2009 2:31 am | By Paul Gordon

    Despite Promise, Obama Defends DOMA

    Today, President Obama’s Justice Department, in a motion to dismiss a lawsuit against the Defense of Marriage Act, argued that DOMA is constitutional. The Administration argues that DOMA “does not impinge upon rights that have been recognized as fundamental.” I…

  • June 11, 2009 9:46 pm | By Willard

    James von Brunn Finds Inspiration from the Work of Other White-Supremacists

    James von Brunn, the 88 year old man who opened deadly gun fire on D.C.’s Holocaust Museum yesterday, was a member of multiple anti-Semitic groups. During his time living in Hayden, Idaho, von Brunn became a member of Aryan Nations,…

  • June 9, 2009 6:05 pm | By Willard

    Sotomayor Hearings to Begin July 13th

    Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) announced today that Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor will begin her confirmation hearings on July 13th. People for the American Way President Michael B. Keegan released the following statement on the announcement: "Today's announcement is a clear…

  • June 5, 2009 2:45 pm | By Stacey Gates

    PFAWF’s Sharon Lettman on Rev. Byron Williams Radio Show Today at 1 PM

    People For the American Way Foundation’s Sharon Lettman will be on Rev. Byron Williams’ Radio Show on Blogtalkradio.com to discuss the African American Ministers Leadership Council and the work the organization does around civic participation, economic justice, equal justice, health…

  • June 4, 2009 4:14 pm | By Willard

    New Hampshire Joins the Fight for Marriage Equality

    As you may know, Governor John Lynch of New Hampshire signed a marriage equality bill into law yesterday. Previously, Gov. Lynch had supported civil unions, but not not same-sex marriage. In a statement released yesterday, the governor made clear that…

  • June 3, 2009 9:06 pm | By Willard

    Wendy Long May Have More in Common with Sotomayor Than She Thought

    If you’ve been following the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, the term “reverse-racist” has undoubtedly appeared in a story you’ve read. Rush Limbaugh branded Sotomayor a ‘reverse-racist’ on his radio show, while Newt Gingrich labeled her a…

  • May 27, 2009 4:26 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Confirm Sonia Sotomayor

    You may have heard that President Obama nominated Judge Sonia Sotomayor to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the retirement of David Souter. Sotomayor is a superb choice, and we're working with our allies to help introduce her to…

  • May 15, 2009 8:34 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Empathy as the Enemy

    Taking a cue from Karl Rove’s playbook, the Right is trying to transform one of the key strengths of a top-quality jurist – empathy – into a serious flaw. For example, earlier today, Michael Steele told an audience that "the…

  • May 15, 2009 4:14 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Proposition 8: Open Season on Minorities?

    We’re all waiting to see how the California Supreme Court rules on the constitutionality of Proposition 8. Equality advocates argue that stripping lesbian and gay people of the right to marry was what California law calls a revision: a constitutional…

  • May 6, 2009 9:21 pm | By Stacey Gates

    Maine Becomes Latest State to Make Gay Marriages Legal

    Today, Maine became the latest state to affirm the freedom to marry for same-sex couples, joining Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, and Vermont when Gov. John Baldacci signed into law LD 1020, An Act to End Discrimination in Civil Marriage and Affirm…

  • May 5, 2009 6:07 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Does the Anti-Gay Movement in DC think that Congress should run the District?

    As a supporter of marriage equality for all people, I'm thrilled at the almost-unanimous vote of the DC City Council to recognize marriages of same-sex couples performed elsewhere.As a supporter of marriage equality for all people and voting rights for…

  • May 4, 2009 2:10 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Don’t Believe the Right’s Propaganda on the Supreme Court

    With everyone talking about the retirement of Justice David Souter, the Radical Right’s propaganda machine is set to max. Right Wing Watch is reporting on the Right’s reaction.  One of the more laughable claims comes from Wendy Long of the…

  • May 1, 2009 4:30 pm | By Stacey Gates

    Justice Souter to Retire at the End of the Term

    Ending months of speculation, several news outlets reported last night Supreme Court Justice David Souter is planning to retire at the end of the term, after 19 years on the bench. People For the American Way released a statement expressing…

  • April 30, 2009 4:45 pm | By Stacey Gates

    Virginia Foxx Calls Matthew Shepard’s Murder a “Hoax”

    Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) claimed on the House Floor yesterday that Matthew Shepard, whom the Hate Crimes bill is named after, was killed "in the commitment of robbery," not because he was gay. Rep. Foxx went on to say, "the…

  • April 29, 2009 10:09 pm | By Marge Baker

    Good Questions for Jay Bybee

    Noting the need to clarify a number of questions surrounding the legal advice provided by the Office of Legal Counsel under Jay Bybee’s leadership, Senator Patrick Leahy, Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee sent a letter today to Bybee inviting…

  • April 29, 2009 9:39 pm | By Stacey Gates

    Rep. Bobby Scott Shouts Out AAMIA on the House Floor

    During floor debate on the Hate Crimes House Bill, Rep. Bobby Scott entered into the record the good work of our African American Ministers in Action. He held up our letter in support of the Hate Crimes legislation, and our…

  • April 29, 2009 8:25 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Springtime of Marriage Equality

    Spring 2009 continues to be a historic season of equality. Earlier today, the New Hampshire Senate passed a marriage equality bill. The House passed the bill last month. However, because of a small amendment made by the Senate, the bill…

  • April 29, 2009 7:50 pm | By Deborah Liu

    NAMUDNO In the Supreme Court

    This morning the Supreme Court heard oral argument in the case of Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District Number One v. Eric Holder, a case involving a small municipal district in Austin, Texas seeking to invalidate a key provision of the…

  • April 28, 2009 9:40 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Victory for the Rule of Law

    Great news on the accountability front: Today, a unanimous three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals gave the thumbs-down to the blanket invocation of the pernicious "state secrets" doctrine. According to the San Francisco Chronicle: A federal appeals…

  • April 27, 2009 11:14 pm | By Josh

    Legal Scholars Speak out to Support Dawn Johnsen

    People For the American Way co-hosted a press call on 4/27 concerning the nomination of Dawn Johnsen to head the Office of Legal Counsel. We were joined by Walter Dellinger, Solicitor General and head of the Office of Legal Counsel under President…