Tag Archives: civil rights

Federal Judge Says Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is Unconstitutional

A federal judge in California has ruled that the military’s "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy is unconstitutional. The judge plans to issue an injunction that will prevent the government from enforcing the policy. The Department of Justice, however, will have…

Appeals Court Asked to Stop Gay Marriages in California

The supporters of Proposition 8, which bans gay marriage in California, have asked the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to impose a temporary stay on gay marriages while they consider the appeal in the underlying case. Judge Vaughn R. Walker…

First Guantanamo Trial Has Sealed Plea Agreement

The first trial of a Guantanamo detainee under President Obama has resulted in a sealed decision. As part of the plea deal, the military judge overseeing the case ordered that the sentence should be sealed until his release. President Obama…

Schwarzenegger Asks for Same-Sex Marriages to Resume

California’s Attorney General and Governor Schwarzenegger both have asked for California to resume same-sex marriages after the ban on same-sex marriages was struck down last week. Last week, Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriages, was struck down as unconstitutional.  Writing…

What is the Likelihood of Changing the 14th Amendment?

Post by Randall Ryder As part of a growing discussion regarding immigration reform, many Republican leaders are calling for reform or even repealing the 14th Amendment. The 14th Amendment grants citizenship to any person born or naturalized in the United States.…

Change the Constitution? Senator Suggests Modifying 14th Amendment

Senator John Kyl, a high-ranking Republican, has suggested that Congress should consider repealing the 14th Amendment. The 14th Amendment grants citizenship to any person born in the United States. As part of a growing discussion regarding immigration reform, many Republican…

Is yawning and eye-rolling disorderly conduct?

A district attorney in an Illinois town has been told to write a definition for "disorderly conduct," after a woman was told to leave a city council meeting for rolling her eyes and sighing. Illinois state law defines disorderly conduct…

Did the Supreme Court Lay the Groundwork for a Future Ruling on Gay Marriage?

Post by Randall Ryder Legal scholars are claiming that one sentence from a recent Supreme Court decision is "tea leaf" that can be interpreted as the Supreme Court’s opinion of gay marriage rights. The phrase appeared in the recent case of…

Federal Judge Blocks Nebraska’s Abortion Law

A US District Court judge has blocked Nebraska’s new abortion law from going into effect, saying that the law would create "substantial, likely insurmountable" obstacles to women seeking abortions. The law requires doctors to do extensive screening of women prior…