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  • December 10, 2009 7:22 pm | ByJen 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 | ByStacey 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 | ByDrew 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 | ByStacey 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 | ByStacey 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 | ByDrew 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 | ByStacey 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 | ByPaul 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 | ByStacey 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 | ByStacey 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 | ByPaul 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 | ByRev. 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 | ByJudith 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 | ByJudith 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 | ByJudith 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…

  • November 13, 2009 5:17 pm | ByRev. Timothy McDonald

    10 Year Old Stands Up for Equality

    Will Phillips, a 10 year old boy in Arkansas, recently refused to stand and recite the pledge of allegiance. His reason? He said he could not pledge allegiance to a country that continues to deny equality to the LGBT community.…

  • November 13, 2009 6:00 am | ByStacey Gates

    Quite the 360: The Mormon Church is backing gay rights bill in Salt Lake City

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is publicly supporting two proposed ordinances in Salt Lake City protecting gay and lesbian residents from housing and employment discrimination.According to Michael Otterson, the managing director of the LDS Church’s public affairs…

  • November 10, 2009 11:29 pm | ByMarge Baker

    Health Care and the Politics of Anti-Choice Activists

    Anti-choice politics have become dangerously entangled with health care reform as evidenced by the troubling vote in the House of Representatives over the weekend for the Stupak-Pitts amendment. The legislation makes it virtually impossible for private insurance companies participating in…

  • November 10, 2009 9:18 pm | ByStacey Gates

    Progressives Make Significant Gains at the Local Level

    Among the mixed results from high profile races last week, progressives had many reasons to celebrate last Tuesday with the election of young progressives at the local and state level. Several members of our Young Elected Officials Network (YEO Network),…

  • November 6, 2009 7:20 pm | ByPaul Gordon

    Extremism and Hypocrisy: A Capitol Tea Party

    Yesterday's protest in front of the U.S. Capitol, organized by Rep. Michele Bachmann, had the usual cast of tea-party extremists. But this time, they were openly assembled by GOP leaders as an official House Republican event. Republican members of Congress…