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Tennessee federal judge Aleta Trauger wrote a decision recognizing the legitimacy of out-of-state marriages between same-sex spouses. Judge Trauger’s memorandum is here: http://sblog.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Tanco-opinion-3-14-14.pdf Reuters
The last week has had several civil rights updates on several different fronts:
"Senate Democrats help block Obama nominee for civil rights post" - Washington Post
The Senate rejected the nomination of Debo P. Adegbile to lead the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. Adegbile was the leading
The end of February delivered a flurry of civil rights and civil liberties news. Here are a few stories to kick off your week:
1. Arizona Did Us All a Favor - NY Times
On Wednesday, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, in response to a storm of protests from
And in the wake of Valentine’s Day, the battle for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties rages on:
“Federal Judge Struck Down Va. Gay-Marriage Ban” – Washington Post
A Valentine’s Day gift from the courts: a step towards marriage equality in Virginia. In the wake of United States v. Windsor, Utah, Oklahoma, Ohio, Kentucky and now Virginia have sided with same-sex marriage proponents.
“Florida Self-Defense Law Complicated Jury’s Job in Michael Dunn Trial” – NYT
Yet another black teen slain in Florida. Yet another jury failed to recognize the value of a black boy’s life. This weekend saw a flurry of articles on this topic; however, this particular article discusses the broader implications of Florida’s Stand Your Ground law.
Video – “Being Black at UCLA Law” – Huffington Post
As part of an awareness campaign, black students at UCLA Law School highlight the lack of diversity on campus and its effects. The viral video is being referred to as “33,” the number of black students in a total student body of over 1,000. (Ironically (or perhaps, not so ironically), UCLA Law is also home to Richard Sanders, a staunch critic of affirmative action. Sanders will be at Harvard Law S
Justice Scalia is (in)famous for his view that when the Court struck down Texas’ criminal sodomy statute in Lawrence v. Texas, it undermined bans on “bigamy, same-sex marriage, adult incest, prostitution, masturbation, adultery, fornication, bestiality, and obscenity.” To some, this slippery slope argument is coming
Welcome to the first weekly CRCL news roundup. Each week, a contributor to the CRCL blog will pick out a few interesting items from the past week concerning civil rights and civil liberties. Here are a few articles to start off your week:
1. “Scenes from
HLS graduate Harvey Silverglate was on campus recently to explain why he's not happy with his alma mater. Apparently Harvard has been killing free speech over the past couple of decades. It's been all downhill since his heroic days defending student protesters in 1967, Silverglate said.
The courts have changed in such a way that it’s hard to bring affirmative [racial] claims, which is why I think one of the things that 21st century proponents of equality have to be willing to do is to advocate and litigate around issues such
It is entirely appropriate that we focus on data privacy in the context of sex scandals, and this points to something crucially important for privacy activists. The combination of concern about sexual autonomy and about technologically-enabled surveillance has been a crucial driver in privacy law.
Democrats are ceding a winning issue by remaining silent on LGBT equality. President Obama and his campaign should be working to highlight the Administration's actions and to make the case for continuing those policies and priorities into a second-term.