Supreme Court Declines to Set Standard to Rein in Partisan Gerrymandering 

Legislative Solutions Exist to Ensure Fair Maps  Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled  in Rucho v. League of Women Voters of North Carolina that no fair test exists for courts to determine when partisan gerrymandering has gone too far. In its 5-4 decision on Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government does not have the authority to block the … More Supreme Court Declines to Set Standard to Rein in Partisan Gerrymandering 

Supreme Court Upholds Exclusion of Citizenship Question in 2020 Census

Today, in a defeat for the Trump administration, the Supreme Court has ruled in Department of Commerce v. New York — a complicated decision — that a citizenship question cannot be added to the 2020 Census, in part because of the government’s explanation for why it included the question in the first place. NPR: The majority opinion, written … More Supreme Court Upholds Exclusion of Citizenship Question in 2020 Census

Celebrating SCOTUS Decision Limiting Political Interest in Redistricting

Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Virginia House of Delegates v. Bethune-Hill affirming the lower courts designation that the Virginia legislature lacks standing to appeal in its own right: SCOTUS dismissed the challenge to a lower court’s findings that some of Virginia’s legislative districts were racially gerrymandered, saying that House Republicans did not have legal standing to challenge the decision. … More Celebrating SCOTUS Decision Limiting Political Interest in Redistricting

Analysis: SCOTUS Allowing Preliminary Injunctions on Transgender Military Ban to Go into Effect

Memo on Today’s Supreme Court Decision to Stay Preliminary Injunctions, Allowing Transgender Military Ban to Go into Effect SAN FRANCISCO, CA– The Palm Center today has released the following memo providing a concise summary of facts on transgender military service and implications of today’s Supreme Court decision suspending a string of preliminary injunctions that had … More Analysis: SCOTUS Allowing Preliminary Injunctions on Transgender Military Ban to Go into Effect

Chief Justice Roberts Votes with Liberal Justices on SCOTUS Asylum Case

Conservative appointee, Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. joined the U.S. Supreme Court’s liberal wing Friday in refusing to block a California judge’s ruling against enforcement of new policies that restrict asylum-seekers along the southern border. The high court, 5-4, refused to stay a nationwide injunction. Several former government lawyers—including Carter Phillips and Peter Keisler of Sidley Austin, … More Chief Justice Roberts Votes with Liberal Justices on SCOTUS Asylum Case

How Kavanaugh’s Latest Op-Ed proves he IS Lying and Unfit.

By Melanie Nathan In  a last ditch effort to persuade the undecided, Brett Kavanaugh penned an op-ed akin to a defensive grovel in the Wall Street Journal, hoping that he will be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, as a Justice to the Supreme Court. Clearly aimed at that teeny audience of three who are the … More How Kavanaugh’s Latest Op-Ed proves he IS Lying and Unfit.

Senators, Delay is NOT Enough: Women’s March

Women’s March: Delay is Not Enough, Women Want Kavanaugh Out Washington, DC — Women’s March Co-President, Bob Bland, released the following statement in response to news that the Senate Judiciary Committee would delay a vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to allow Dr. Christine Blasey Ford to testify: “Thank you to Christine Blasey Ford for your … More Senators, Delay is NOT Enough: Women’s March

BREAKING: Women’s March Disrupts Kavanaugh Hearing, Dozens Arrested

Protesters: “Kavanaugh is a threat to women’s rights and an enemy of Democracy” #REPUBLICANS OLD WHITE MEN – WOMEN WILL VOTE YOU OUT! Washington, D.C. — Over 30 women have been arrested so far during today’s hearing on Brett Kavanaugh. Women’s March leaders from across the country took part in the protests alongside Women’s March … More BREAKING: Women’s March Disrupts Kavanaugh Hearing, Dozens Arrested

Will YOU let the Right Wing Fight Harder than America’s Majority for SCOTUS ?

“As we fight for the soul of this country, we must save its heartbeat – SCOTUS! Read this important piece and please follow up. If you do nothing this week that is proactive, then you are complicit in the silence that is destroying America. Because without ALL our voices, yes the majority, we are as … More Will YOU let the Right Wing Fight Harder than America’s Majority for SCOTUS ?

Trump ‘s Brett Kavanaugh Nomination As Good as an Attack on Women and LGBTQ Americans

To say that the  lives of Americans are at stake because of this nomination cannot be overstated. WASHINGTON — Donald Trump tonight, the President who Russia helped elect,  nominated D.C. Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Kavanaugh — a stalwart right wing conservative who previously worked in the George … More Trump ‘s Brett Kavanaugh Nomination As Good as an Attack on Women and LGBTQ Americans

SCOTUS Affirms Bigotry in Devastating Muslim Travel Ban Decision

“Court’s Decision Gives a Green Light to Policy Based on Bigotry” MPOWER CHANGE. The U.S. Supreme Court, in Trump vs. State of Hawaii, upheld, (5-4)-  President Donald Trump’s travel ban restricting, an executive order that suspends refugee resettlement and permanently prohibits citizens of six Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States on the basis of their nationalities. The … More SCOTUS Affirms Bigotry in Devastating Muslim Travel Ban Decision

Statements on SCOTUS Masterpiece Cakeshop Decision

On June 4, in the case known as Masterpiece Cakeshop, the United States Supreme Court ruled against the Colorado Civil Rights Commission for not, in the Court’s view, taking a more neutral stance on religious beliefs.  This is a limited ruling which only addressed the actions of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission.  However this could … More Statements on SCOTUS Masterpiece Cakeshop Decision

SCOTUS Ruling Stings Immigrants in Detention

In a long awaited opinion, the Supreme Court in Jennings v. Rodriguez disappointingly reversed an appellate court decision holding that U.S. immigration statutes do not authorize immigrants to be held indefinitely and affording those individuals bond hearings after six months to evaluate if detention remains justified. The Supreme Court sent the case back to the appellate court to consider the constitutional limits of the statutes, if any, … More SCOTUS Ruling Stings Immigrants in Detention

SCOTUS Denies Review in Cases Challenging Mississippi’s Anti-LGBTQ Law

Today the United States Supreme Court denied review in two cases, Campaign for Southern Equality v. Bryant and Bryant v. Barber, both challenging Mississippi’s HB 1523 passed in April 2016 and effective in October 2017. The Court’s decision not to hear the cases means the worst-in-the-nation anti-LGBTQ law will remain on the books in Mississippi. … More SCOTUS Denies Review in Cases Challenging Mississippi’s Anti-LGBTQ Law

Serious Harm to Transgender People if Supreme Court Sides with Bakery Owner Challenging Colorado’s Anti-Discrimination Law

New York, NY – Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) has filed an amicus or “friend of the court” brief  to the United States Supreme Court in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, spotlighting the immense need for public accommodations laws that protect more than two million people in our nation who identify … More Serious Harm to Transgender People if Supreme Court Sides with Bakery Owner Challenging Colorado’s Anti-Discrimination Law

Trumps Third Attempt at Muslim Travel Ban Fails with Federal Court Block

A federal judge has  blocked Trump’s Third faulty Executive Order from being implemented.  Today’s ruling in Hawaii v. Trump. This is likely to be appealed. Judge Derrick K. Watson in Hawaii decision means that the administration cannot restrict the entry of travelers from six of the eight countries that officials said were either unable or … More Trumps Third Attempt at Muslim Travel Ban Fails with Federal Court Block

Multiple LGBT Cases on SCOTUS Docket as New Term Begins 

Freedom for All Americans releases new online hub tracking LGBTQ nondiscrimination litigation   WASHINGTON – Today marks the first day that the U.S. Supreme Court is sitting for oral argument in the 2017-2018 session. As the court returns to work, Masterpiece Cakeshop looms as one of the landmark cases for the term. But the Court could … More Multiple LGBT Cases on SCOTUS Docket as New Term Begins 

Trumps Muslim Ban To Be Renewed to 10 Countries

We are receiving reports that the Trump administration will institute travel restrictions for approximately ten countries by Sunday, when the travel ban for six majority Muslim countries is set to expire. These reports come as the Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments in the Muslim and refugee ban case in a few weeks. This travel ban is … More Trumps Muslim Ban To Be Renewed to 10 Countries

LGBT Community Mourns the Death of Edie Windsor

By Melanie Nathan,  September 12, 2017 Today millions of LGBTQI Americans will mourn the loss of Edith Windsor. She will be remembered with deep admiration and fondness as an LGBTQI rights icon and champion. Edie passed away peacefully today at age 88.  She touched the lives of so many people beyond her activism and beyond … More LGBT Community Mourns the Death of Edie Windsor

U.S. Refugee Program Can Continue under SCOTUS Ban Decision

 So what should happen to LGBT and other Refugees already accepted by the USA for resettlement after the US Supreme Court decided to allow a limited portion of the Muslim Travel Ban to stand: …. Read the position of CGRS in their response and the bottom line is we too at African Human Rights Coalition … More U.S. Refugee Program Can Continue under SCOTUS Ban Decision

When it Comes to LGBT Refugees here is Food for Thought

The work for African Human Rights Coalition has been extensive these past few months – here is a brief report: 1) After weeks of preparation, we  have established a new fund appeal starting today: We have been working for some time to establish a plan to support  200 LGBTI refugees in Kakuma Camp. They need … More When it Comes to LGBT Refugees here is Food for Thought

Those Republicans Want Retributive Murder But SCOTUS said NO

The US supreme court has ended a dramatic day of legal tussles over Arkansas’ unprecedented plan to execute eight prisoners in 11 days, declining to allow the state to go ahead with Monday night’s scheduled killings in what amounted to a major victory for the condemned inmates’ lawyers and anti-death penalty campaigners. The nation’s highest … More Those Republicans Want Retributive Murder But SCOTUS said NO

Has Gorsuch been groomed for SCOTUS by the far right? Buckley, Federalists and Heritage, Oh My!

Here is another interesting article by Hannah Doress: First published on Medium at – Has Gorsuch been groomed for SCOTUS by the far right? Buckley, Federalists and Heritage, Oh My! By Hannah Doress, March 27, 29017. Something odd happened when I started learning about Trump Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch — he seemed terribly familiar. The more I learned … More Has Gorsuch been groomed for SCOTUS by the far right? Buckley, Federalists and Heritage, Oh My!

TLDEF Statement on Supreme Court Decision to Send Gavin Grimm’s Case Back to Fourth Circuit

New York, NY- Today, Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund responded to news that the United States Supreme Court has sent the case of Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board back to the Fourth US Circuit Court of Appeals. The Supreme Court also vacated the Fourth Circuit’s previous decision in favor of Gavin Grimm. Grimm … More TLDEF Statement on Supreme Court Decision to Send Gavin Grimm’s Case Back to Fourth Circuit

Supreme Court Sends Historic Transgender Equality Case Back to Lower Court 

Order follows Trump administration’s withdrawal of nonbinding federal guidance on how to protect transgender student WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the Supreme Court announced that it will not hear G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board, the historic transgender equality case on behalf of a Virginia transgender boy named Gavin Grimm. In light of President Trump’s decision to … More Supreme Court Sends Historic Transgender Equality Case Back to Lower Court 

SCOTUS Sets Oral Argument in Historic Transgender Rights Case

Today the Supreme Court announced that it will hear oral argument in G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board on March 28. The case is being brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a Virginia transgender boy named Gavin Grimm. Grimm is challenging a policy in his local school district that singles out transgender students for … More SCOTUS Sets Oral Argument in Historic Transgender Rights Case

LGBT Record of Trump SCOTUS Nominee Gorsuch

With many thanks to the Williams Institute at UCLA LAw School, we examine the LGBT Record of Supreme Court Nominee, Scalia like,  Neil Gorsuch: Today, President Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to be an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia. … More LGBT Record of Trump SCOTUS Nominee Gorsuch

Californians Demand Senators Feinstein And Harris Oppose Any Trump SCOTUS Nominee

Californians Demand Sens. Feinstein And Harris Oppose Any Trump Supreme Court Nominee And Use Every Tool Available To Reject The Pick Thousands Join Courage Campaign in Urging California Democrats to “Just. Say. No.” CALIFORNIA — A new petition from the California-based Courage Campaign is calling on the state’s Senators — Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris … More Californians Demand Senators Feinstein And Harris Oppose Any Trump SCOTUS Nominee

President Obama Appoints Merrick Garland for SCOTUS

President Obama has just appointed DC Circuit Court Judge Merrick Garland to take deceased Justice Antonin Scalia’s vacant seat on the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). The President  delivered a powerful speech introducing the Judge and invoked his and the Senate’s constitutional duty, challenging the already asserted obstructionist Republican stance to deny this … More President Obama Appoints Merrick Garland for SCOTUS