Lewis Black on Voter Suppression: “Not on my Watch Baby”

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Current voter ID laws are voter suppression laws. They perverse our democracy and perpetuate failures of the existing version of our marketplace of ideas

Ohio Supreme Court Tells Judges to Stop Reviving Debtors’ Prisons

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After findings that Ohio judges were illegally jailing the poor, the state’s high court is sending its judges a message.

Federal Judge Rules Oklahoma Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

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Judge rules, “Equal protection is at the very heart of our legal system and central to our consent to be governed. It is not a scarce commodity to be meted out begrudgingly or in short portions.”

Federal Court in Utah Says Marriage Equality is Required by the Constitution

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Federal Judge Robert Shelby said, “Rather than protecting or supporting the families of opposite-sex couples, [Utah’s] Amendment 3 perpetuates inequality by holding that the families and relationships of same-sex couples are not now, nor ever will be, worthy of recognition.”

ACLU Finds Colorado Cities Routinely Jail Individuals Because They Can’t Pay Fines

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The U.S. Supreme Court has held that jailing someone because they cannot afford to pay a fine is unconstitutional.

Alabama Grants Posthumous Pardon to ‘Scottsboro Boys’ Falsely Convicted in Racially Tinged Case

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Twice, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the boys’ convictions, the first time, issuing a landmark decision on the right to effective assistance of counsel, and the second time invalidating a trial that included no black jurors

Supreme Court to Hear Huge Death Penalty Case

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A case the Supreme Court agreed to hear Monday morning could fix the legal loophole used by conservative states to unconstitutionally execute mentally handicapped criminals.

Even After Repeal of DOMA, Some States Refuse to Provide Military Benefits to Same Sex Couples

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Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi, have refused to grant benefits to same-sex couples that are members of their National Guards

Senator Claims Pentagon Policy Allowing Same-Sex Marriage Harms Straight Couples

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Following the Supreme Court’s June ruling striking down the Defense of Marriage Act, the Department of Defense has been working to update its systems to ensure it treats same-sex marriages equally, as required by the ruling.

US Justice Department Sues Texas Over Voter ID Law

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Texas is already defending itself against another Section 3 lawsuit by arguing it did not mean to discriminate against minorities per se, but simply sought to restrict voting power of Democrats in general.

How A Little-Known Agency Is Taking Crucial Steps To Reduce Drug Sentences

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The U.S. Sentencing Commission voted unanimously on Thursday to consider its own major reform to its guidelines.

Distinguishing ‘Morality’ from ‘Ethics’ in the Wedding Debates

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Warren Blumenfeld looks at 3 cases concerning marriage equality to explain the real-life differences between ethics and morality.

Federal Court Says Oklahoma Cannot Write Anti-Islamic Bigotry Into State Constitution

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Foreign law bans have already been enacted in Oklahoma, Kansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Arizona, while a related ban on the enforcement of “any religious code” has been enacted in South Dakota.

Same Sex Military Couples To Begin Receiving Federal Benefits

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As early as September, members of the military who are legally married to a spouse of the same sex will be able to claim the same Federal benefits which other married couples are entitled to.

California’s Governor Still Intent On Defying Supreme Court On Prison Overcrowding

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The US Supreme Court refused to “temporarily block” the most recent federal court ruling requiring California to figure out a way to release 10,000 inmates by the end of the year.

Gay Marriage Will Remain Legal in California

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The statewide enforcement of the injunction against Prop 8 will remain in place and same-sex marriages will continue without interruption.