Posts Tagged: Supreme Court

Spin, Measure, Cut: Hobby Lobby and the Tangled Skein of Reproductive Rights

I blame my compulsive crocheting habit in large part on my great-aunt. For the first 39 years of my life I shared a birthday with her: Auntie Marie was born on July 11, 1907, and I came along exactly 60 years later. Like my grandmother—her sister—Auntie Marie worked blue-collar jobs her whole life, raising a son alone after her husband died, but in spite of all the hardship she lived to the age of 99. Like all the women in my family, she was made of stern stuff.

But Auntie Marie had a soft side, evident in the packages she regularly sent to our family in Texas. She made afghans [...]


The Defense of Marriage Act has just been struck down; if anyone would like to celebrate, here's your thread. I'll start:


Clarence Thomas's Wife Probably Feels Really Stupid Now

Ginni Thomas should be kicking herself for bringing up Anita Hill's 19-year-old sexual harassment allegation against her husband, Justice Clarence Thomas, but the reality is that she'll probably stand by her husband's purity of heart until the end. But this is going to make it a little harder: a former flame named Lillian McEwen, now a retired legal professional, has broken her silence, revealing behavior from Thomas that is consistent with Anita Hill's accusations. McEwen, who was friends with Thomas around the time of the confirmation hearings but did not testify on his behalf, tells the Washington Post: "He was always actively watching the women he worked with to [...]


On the Affirmative Action Ban in Michigan

From the New York Times:

In a fractured decision that revealed deep divisions over what role the judiciary should play in protecting racial and ethnic minorities, the Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a Michigan constitutional amendment that bans affirmative action in admissions to the state’s public universities. The 6-to-2 ruling effectively endorsed similar measures in seven other states. It may also encourage more states to enact measures banning the use of race in admissions or to consider race-neutral alternatives to ensure diversity.

States that forbid affirmative action in higher education, like Florida and California, as well as Michigan, have seen a significant drop in the enrollment of black [...]


What if the Supreme Court Was Full of Animals?

When taken alone animals, puns, and the Supreme Court bring plenty of joy to humanity, but when they're all three combined into one object? It's like a perfect storm of happiness. Witness Zoopreme Court, an enchanting site where you can find delicate drawings of what Thurgood Marshall would look like if he was Thurgood Marshvole (pictured above). You can also rest your weary eyes on Sandra Day Okapi, John Paul Steervens, and many more. And it's not just the justices — there are landmark cases too! Roe v. Wading Bird, anyone?  


"What Could We Have Been If We Hadn't Put All That Energy Into Being Hidden?"

Edith Windsor, the 84-year-old plaintiff who paved the way for the Supreme Court's DOMA ruling this past summer, was on the shortlist for TIME's annual Human We Put On The December Cover Issue (the Pope won). She talked quite a bit on tape about her 40-plus years with her spouse, Thea Spyer, who died in 2009, and it's really nice. (She also shared a lot of old photos of the two of them. KNOCKOUTS.) [TIME]


Prop 8 Back in Court Today

Today California's Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will be hearing arguments re: the state's latest ruling on gay marriage, August's decision by a San Francisco district judge that the 2008 gay marriage ban otherwise known as Prop 8 "violated constitutional guarantees to equal protection and due process." Three judges will be in session today, and there are reports the case will go to a larger group of Ninth Circuit judges after this, then possibly to the Supreme Court. Today is really just about discussing legal issues, according to the Wall Street Journal, not hearing new evidence or questioning witnesses. One of the issues is whether Prop 8 supporters have [...]