30 Jun 2011

Representative Dan Frankel of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives argues that Pennsylvania, and the rest of the country, should follow Connecticut's lead in enacting comprehensive protections for gender identity or expression to counter rampant discrimination against transgendered men and women...I applaud Connecticut's decision to pass legislation protecting its residents from [read more]

30 Jun 2011

Sarah Warbelow, State Legislative Director for Human Rights Campaign, argues that the passage of same-sex marriage legislation in New York coincides with changing attitudes about same-sex marriage nationally, despite ongoing efforts across the country to prevent similar legislation elsewhere...Last week, the New York state legislature passed legislation legalizing marriage for [read more]

29 Jun 2011

William Duncan, Director of the Marriage Law Foundation, argues that whether or not same-sex marriage is a beneficial public policy, the New York legislation sets a bad precedent and is possibly unconstitutional under the state constitution due to violations of procedural requirements...Putting aside the merits of the recently enacted law [read more]

28 Jun 2011

John Hardin Young, Counsel for Sandler Reiff Young & Lamb, PC, argues that the recent Supreme Court opinion striking down Arizona's campaign finance regulations leaves few options for future campaign finance reform...On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that an Arizona law giving additional funds to publicly financed candidates if independent [read more]

28 Jun 2011

David Hudson [Scholar, First Amendment Center]: The US Supreme Court's violent video games decision in Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association continued the Court's trend of limiting legislative attempts to create new categories of unprotected speech. It rejected the concept of violence as obscenity, refusing to expand that category beyond [read more]

24 Jun 2011

Richard Dieter [Executive Director, Death Penalty Information Center]: A federal judge in Florida this week ruled that the state's death penalty statute was unconstitutional and in violation of the Sixth Amendment right to a trial by jury. This ruling has been a long time coming and may have a [read more]

23 Jun 2011

Sara Rose, Staff Attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, argues that although the recent Third Circuit ruling on student speech was the right one, it did not go far enough in ensuring the constitutional rights of public school students...A middle-school student, annoyed after being disciplined by her [read more]

20 Jun 2011

Jennifer Levi [Director of Transgender Rights Project, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders]: "Recently, the Connecticut Senate passed a bill that adds the phrase "gender identity or expression" to all existing state sex discrimination laws. The Senate's passage followed that of the House of Representatives where the debate had [read more]

20 Jun 2011

Meenakshi Ganguly [South Asia Director, Human Rights Watch]: "The video showing summary executions during the final days of Sri Lanka's war in May 2009 provides clear-cut evidence of war crimes. Beyond what is evident in the video, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has gathered information on the likely time and [read more]

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