Posts tagged "supreme court"

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Kind Of Loves That We Call Her The Notorious R.B.G.

In her interview with Katie Couric this week, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg let us all know she’s well aware of her internet fame and the Notorious R.B.G. tumblr that was created in her honor. She giggled a bit as she told Katie:
There is a rap song, and there is one using the words from…

Claire Hannum / August 1, 2014

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg Talks Hobby Lobby Decisions With Katie Couric

Recently Notorious R.B.G. — I’m mean, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg — was interviewed by Katie Couric for Yahoo and she’s got a lot to say about last month’s decision in favor of Hobby Lobby.

Jessica Wakeman / July 31, 2014

The Two Reasons I Stopped Taking Birth Control

I stopped taking birth control in 2011. I find it not-ha-ha-funny that when I tell people this, the most common reaction I get is that it’s “dangerous” not taking birth control — and yet, so many people are willing to look the other way or not get angry when the highest court in our country

Rebecca Vipond Brink / July 30, 2014

Watch The Male Supreme Court Justices Hang Out In A “No Girls Allowed” Fort

With the decisions coming out of the Supreme Court these days, I wouldn’t be too surprised if this was how things actually went down in the judges’ chambers. Can I hang out in the fort too if I give the password? [Funny Or Die]…

Claire Hannum / July 25, 2014

8 Craft Stores To Shop At Instead Of Hobby Lobby

I learned about sweatshops towards the end of junior high and I remember being deeply troubled. A burgeoning activist, I decided to boycott all clothing stores that sold products made in sweatshops. A quick AOL internet search (#old) revealed that my boycott would actually be incredibly difficult — if not impossible — given that I…

Phylisa Wisdom / July 3, 2014

How To Ignore The Relentless Flow Of Sexist BS So You Don’t Live In Constant Rage

As you all know, the Supreme Court of what is apparently a democratic republic founded on the principle of individual liberty and respect for the diversity of humanity decided this week that women aren’t included in that vision because $$$ > women OBVIOUSLY. Thanks, capitalism!

I’ve noticed that a lot of you guy…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / July 3, 2014

Guy Makes Justice Ginsberg’s Hobby Lobby Statement Into A Song

Well, that’s one way to react to the Supreme Court’s ruling today.
In case musical tributes to Supreme Court documents aren’t your jam, here’s a much quieter roundup of the eight best lines from Justice Ginsberg’s dissent. [Mother Jones]
Or there’s this one-act play inspired by the ruling, called “The Taming of…

Jessica Wakeman / June 30, 2014

Supreme Court Rules Employers With Religious Objections Don’t Have To Cover Contraception

The Supreme Court ruled today [PDF] that employers with religious objections to birth control are not required to cover contraception in health insurance plans for women under the Affordable Care Act. The court ruled 5-4 in favor of Hobby Lobby, a chain of craft stores owned by evangelical Christians who oppose birth control. The Obama administratio…

Jessica Wakeman / June 30, 2014

Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Anti-Abortion Protesters In Clinic Buffer Zones Case

Today, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of anti-abortion protesters in a case regarding the First Amendment as it pertains to buffer zones around abortion clinics.

The state of Massachusetts had a 2007 law that forbids anti-abortion protesters from entering a 35-foot radius around the entrances of clinics, marked in yellow around the…

Jessica Wakeman / June 26, 2014

6 Things To Know About The Supreme Court’s Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone Case

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court is set to begin hearing arguments on the subject of abortion. But it’s not reproductive rights, per se, that the Court will be hearing about: this time it’s a matter of clinic safety.

McCullen vs. Coakley is a lawsuit against a 2007 Massachusetts law that forbids anti-abortion protester…

Jessica Wakeman / January 13, 2014

Supreme Court To Take Up Hobby Lobby Birth Control Case

The case filed by Hobby Lobby, a craft store owned by Christians who don’t believe in birth control and refuses to cover it under the Affordable Care Act, is headed to the Supreme Court. In March 2014, the highest court in the land will take up the question of whether a company can refuse…

Jessica Wakeman / November 26, 2013

Scenes From The Supreme Courts Ruling On The Defense Of Marriage Act & Prop 8

On Wednesday morning the Supreme Court ruled to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s anti-gay marriage Prop 8. After months of waiting for a decision, gay marriage supporters can breathe a sigh of relief.
Photos from around the Supreme Court and in San Francisco’s City Hall capture the ebullient mood of gay…

Julie Gerstein / June 26, 2013

Supreme Court Rules Defense Of Marriage Act & Prop 8 Are Unconstitutional

In a huge victory for gay marriage supporters, the Supreme Court ruled 5-to-4 on Wednesday that the Defense of Marriage Act and Prop 8 are both unconstitutional.
According to the SCOTUS blog the judges ruled in the following fashion:

Roberts dissents. Scalia dissents. DOMA is unconstitutional as a deprivation of the equal…

Julie Gerstein / June 26, 2013

Supreme Court Takes Ax To Voting Rights Act

he Supreme Court dealt what looks like a mortal wound to the Voting Rights Act today, striking down the law’s key enforcement metric. The court did not, as some had expected, strike down Section 5, which gives the federal government oversight over states and localities with a history of voter discrimination. Instead, in a 5-4…

Newser / June 25, 2013

The Long Road To Marriage Equality in America & What This Week’s Rulings May Mean

After three months of deliberation, the Supreme Court of the United States is due to give rulings on the cases of Windsor v. United States and Hollingsworth v. Perry this Thursday June 27. These two cases mean very different things for the fate of same-sex marriage in America.

Windsor v. United States i…

Mary Odell / June 25, 2013

Leave It To Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia To Find The Bright Side Of Discrimination

“Every cloud has a silver lining, and one of the benefits of the exclusion of women from most professions was that we had wonderful teachers, especially the women who today would probably be CEOs.”
– This is Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia reflecting on his childhood in New York City for New York magazine’s “Childhood…

Jessica Wakeman / April 10, 2013

Yeah, What Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Said

“Outside of the marriage context, can you think of any other rational basis, reason, for a state using sexual orientation as a factor in denying homosexuals benefits or imposing burdens on them? Is there any other rational decision-making that the government could make? Denying them a job, not granting them benefits of some sort, any…

Jessica Wakeman / March 28, 2013

Behold, The Real Gay Agenda

As you can see from this sign spotted outside the Supreme Court yesterday, the actual gay agenda is much less scary than conservative fearmongers make it out to be. In fact, it looks exactly like most busy moms’ agendas, save for 15 minutes every evening dedicated to breaking up a traditional marriage. Hey, someone’s gotta…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / March 27, 2013

25 Marriage Equality Signs Making The Rounds On Facebook

By now, you’ve probably noticed more than a few of your friends have changed their Facebook profile photos to the image of an equals sign on a red background, showing their support for marriage equality. This week, the Supreme Court is hearing arguments in two key cases, the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Pro…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 27, 2013

5 Things To Know About Edith “Edie” Windsor, The 83-Year-Old Lesbian Challenging The Defense Of Marriage Act

Today, the Supreme Court will consider the constitutionality of California’s Prop 8, and tomorrow they will consider the Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA). It’s a huge moment for gay rights and marriage equality, as the verdicts in both of these cases have the potential to change the course of history. At the center of the…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / March 26, 2013