Marriage is one of the “basic civil rights of man,” fundamental to our very existence and survival. So decreed the United States Supreme Court in Loving v. Virginia, the aptly titled 1967 landmark case that reaffirmed marriage as a fundamental right and overturned the nation’s anti-miscegenation laws, i.e., laws that told people who they could [...]
It all began in 2004, when Mayor Gavin Newsom famously opened San Francisco’s City Hall to gay couples wanting to marry. That action paved the way for Proposition 8 and all of the litigation that’s followed.
We don’t think much about the Supreme Court in daily life. And maybe that’s the way the founders intended it when they established this third but equally powerful branch of our federal government. But we should be thinking about them when we step into the voting booth on November 6.
Suevon Lee, ProPublica | Oct. 26, 2012, 10:48 a.m. The Supreme Court has remained a largely unspoken topic on the campaign trail u2014 even though the Court plays a critical function in Americans’ lives. (This past June’s Affordable Care Act ruling, anyone?) The next president could very well appoint one or two new justices. And [...]
Essayist Thomas Giovanni of the Brennan Center for Justice talks about the need for better legal representation for poor defendants.
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas hasn’t asked a question from the bench in five years. But it’s not the silence of his voice we should focus on, writes Jami Floyd, but the silence of his pen.