Tag: Supreme Court

Ala. Becomes 37th State to Legalize Same-Gender Marriage

By Julissa Catalan On Monday, Alabama began issuing marriage licenses to same-gender couples after the U.S. Supreme Court denied a request to stay a federal judge’s ruling striking down the state’s same-gender-marriage ban. Alabama becomes the 37th state to legalize same-gender marriage. “Absent further action by the U.S. Supreme Court,…

Supreme Court Continues to Scrutinize Civil-Rights Acts

By Sheryl Estrada Civil-rights laws of the 1960s continue to be scrutinized by the Supreme Court under the direction of Chief Justice John Roberts, a conservative. On Wednesday, the Fair Housing Act of 1968 will be under a judicial microscope. The high court will consider whether a decision by Dallas…

Is the Supreme Court Sexist

By Chris Hoenig Does the U.S. Supreme Court have a “blind spot” for women and women’s rights One justice thinks so. In a wide-ranging interview with Yahoo!’s Katie Couric, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said she believes the court’s conservative justicesall of whom are malefurther revealed a “blind spot” for women…

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Appeal in Same-Gender Wedding Business Dispute

By Julissa Catalan The Supreme Court has declined to review an appeal from Elane Photographers—a Christian couple who refused to shoot a same-gender wedding ceremony. This means the original judgment by New Mexico’s high court—which ruled that the photographers discriminated against the couple—still stands. Elaine and Jon Huguenin, the owners…

Supreme Court's Dangerous Mix-Up of Diversity and Affirmative Action

By Daniel M. Levy, Director for Law and Policy, Michigan Department of Civil Rights Photo by Shutterstock In October, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in a case asking whether an applicant’s race may ever be considered in university admissions. Based on the justices’ questions and (even worse) the answers,…

Supreme Court Ruling Continues to Leave Questions for LGBT Couples

By Chris Hoenig Flag photo by Shutterstock The Supreme Court’s decision invalidating the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in late June was supposed to give same-gender married couples both hope and added federal benefits. But more than a month later, roadblocks and hurdles still remain, many as a result of…

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Same-Gender Marriage

By Chris Hoenig Photo by Shutterstock The Supreme Court has overturned the federal government’s ban on the recognition of same-gender marriage written into the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and issued a ruling that allows same-gender marriages to resume in California. The 5-to-4 ruling on DOMA, authored by Justice Anthony…

SLIDESHOW: U.S.'s LGBT Community—Revealing Trends & Attitudes

Just ahead of the Supreme Court’s rulings on same-gender marriage, the Pew Research Center released a series of surveys regarding attitudes, experiences and acceptance in the United States’ LGBT community. The studies provided some unique insights. DiversityInc presents some of the most revealing. [SlideDeck2 id=29382]

Supreme Court Strikes Part of Voting Rights Act

By Chris Hoenig The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, has found that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is unconstitutional. The ruling, authored by Chief Justice John Roberts, voids the section that sets the jurisdictions that are subject to federal monitoring, “in light of current conditions.”…