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Supreme Court Opinions Raise Important Criminal Justice Questions

The Supreme Court term that just came to an end was extremely significant, and not just because of the historic healthcare and marriage equality rulings. Throughout the term, we saw a number of important criminal justice cases argued and decided, and though some of them did not go the way we would have hoped, important questions were raised about the way that “justice” is carried out in our criminal justice system. Read more…

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#LoveWins – Reactions to Obergefell v. Hodges LGBT Marriage Equality

Today, the Supreme Court issued an historic 5-4 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges in favor of marriage equality. Justice Anthony Kennedy’s majority opinion strongly advocated for expanding freedom as the need arises.

The nature of injustice is that we may not always see it in our own times. The generations that wrote and ratified the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment did not presume to know the extent of freedom in all of its dimensions, and so they entrusted to future generations a charter protecting the right of all persons to enjoy liberty as we learn its meaning. When new insight reveals discord between the Constitution’s central protections and a received legal stricture, a claim to liberty must be addressed.

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Ruling for Marriage Equality Ensures Epic Pride Month 2015

Earlier today, the Supreme Court issued a historic ruling in favor of marriage equality, which establishes marriage equality in all fifty states. As we celebrate this victory for equality and as LGBT Pride month comes to an end, here’s a look back at some of the LGBT milestones that occurred this month:

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Updated: Supreme Court Ruling Affirms Underlying Principles of the ACA

On Thursday morning, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in King v. Burwell that the premium tax credits established by the Affordable Care Act should be available in all fifty states, regardless of whether the state established their own health care exchange or if it had been established by the federal government. The majority opinion was written by Chief Justice Roberts, joined by Justices Kennedy, Ginsburg, Breyer Sotomayor and Kagan; Justices Scalia, Thomas and Alito dissented.

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Supreme Court Marriage Equality Ruling Expected Shortly

By the end of the month, the Supreme Court is expected to issue a historic ruling on marriage equality. The joint suit – known by the first listed case of the group Obergefell v. Hodges – could establish marriage equality in all fifty states and addresses two questions:

  • Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples? And;
  • Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to recognize marriages of same-sex couples performed out of state?

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Still Fighting for Voting Rights 50 Years After the Voting Rights Act

The right to vote is the cornerstone of American democracy and our most basic civil right. As Reform Jews and American citizens who care about a variety of social justice issues, we must recognize that all of these issues are inextricably linked to the right to vote. This year is an especially important year to talk about voting rights: this past March marked 50 years since the voting rights marches in Selma, AL and this coming August will mark 50 years since the Voting Rights Act was signed into law. Read more…

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The Right to Use Contraception is Only 50 Years Old

June 7 marks the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Griswold v. Connecticut, which overturned a Connecticut law prohibiting the use of contraception. Although this decision is not as much of a household name as the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion, the 1965 Griswold decision made Roe possible by establishing that married couples have a constitutional right to privacy. The Court extended this right to unmarried couples in Eisenstadt v. Baird (1972), and one year later, the right to privacy formed the bedrock of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. Read more…

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Supreme Court Affirms Religious Freedom Protections

On Monday, the first of the closely-watched June decision days, the Supreme Court handed down a decision in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Abercrombie & Fitch, Inc. This case asked whether the religious non-discrimination provisions related to employment under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibit discrimination only if an applicant has let the employer know of the need for an accommodation. Read more…

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