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#AM_Equality Tipsheet: June 26, 2017

BREAKING -- SCOTUS TO RULE IN MASTERPIECE CAKE CASE: Today, the Supreme Court of the United States agreed to hear Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, a case involving a baker who in 2012 refused to provide a cake for a same-sex marriage ceremony. Show More Summary

‘Clear Victory’ for President Trump on Muslim Ban 2.0? Hardly.

The Supreme Court refused to allow the president’s sweeping Muslim ban to go into effect. After the Supreme Court ruled today that it would hear arguments on the Muslim ban that a number of lower courts have ruled against, the president claimed “clear victory.” Hardly. In fact, the court handed the government a sweeping, but not complete, defeat. Show More Summary

Can businesses turn LGBT people away because of who they are? That’s up to the Supreme Court now.

It’s about far more than just cakes. The United States Supreme Court just agreed to decide a case about whether a business can refuse to sell commercial goods to a gay couple because of the business owner’s religious beliefs.  A winShow More Summary

I’m Suing Texas Because the Legislature Passed a Bill that Discriminates Against My Town

We have amazing police officers in El Cenizo. They should not be enforcing immigration laws. I was born in Corpus Christi and I first came to live in the border town of El Cenizo as a 9-year-old kid. At that time, the place had just incorporated as a town after being a colonia, an informal community without running water or electricity. Show More Summary

New Jersey Argued That a Calm Manner Could Be Used Against You in Police Interrogations. Luckily, It Lost.

The NJ Supreme Court ruled that a suspect’s tone and demeanor could not nullify words invoking the right to remain silent. “That’s all I got to say.” This sounds like an assertion of the right to remain silent, doesn’t it? In a unanimous decision on Wednesday, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that, in fact, it is. The defendant in New Jersey v. Show More Summary

Taking Stock of Marriage Equality Progress Around the World

As we celebrate two years of nationwide marriage equality here in the U.S., this is a good opportunity to take stock of marriage equality progress around the world. There are currently 21 countries, including the U.S., that have full marriage equality. Show More Summary

Four Cases That Paved The Way for Marriage Equality and a Reminder of the Work Ahead

Today marks the two-year anniversary of the historic Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which made marriage equality the law of the land and changed the lives of millions of people who can now marry the person they love....Show More Summary

HRC Responds to Major News from the U.S. Supreme Court

HRC responded to announcements from the Supreme Court of the United States in multiple legal cases greatly impacting LGBTQ people, including Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, a case involving a Colorado bakery which violated state law by refusing service to a same-sex couple; Pavan v. Show More Summary

Two Years After Obergefell, it’s Time for the Equality Act

Today, on the two-year anniversary of the historic Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, HRC calls on Congress and the Trump Administration to finally enact the Equality Act and establish full federal equality for millions of LGBTQ people. Show More Summary

Trump-McConnell Health Care Threatens to Send People Living HIV and AIDS Back to Square One

Back in 2013-2014, I had the incredible opportunity of working as the lead coordinator of a team of Arkansas In-Person Assister Guides (IPAs) during the roll out of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the state. I personally...Show More Summary

Ramadan Reflections: Eid Mubarak

This year for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the HRC Foundation is launching an online campaign to tell the stories of LGBTQ Muslims and their allies. Ramadan is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar when God revealed the Qur’an to Prophet Muhammad. Show More Summary

HRC Commends U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Actions to Advance LGBTQ Equality

HRC commends the United States Commission on Civil Rights’ (USCCR) decision to investigate the Trump administration’s deliberate roll back of civil and human rights. The USCCR’s decision to investigate is based on “grave concerns” about...Show More Summary

What Is Ready-To-Use Therapeutic Food? It's the Malnutrition Miracle!

The specially formulated peanut paste is nothing short of a miracle for malnourished kids. UNICEF is the world's largest provider of RUTF.

Ruthelle Frank, ACLU Plaintiff, Friend, and Voting Rights Champion, Passes Away at 89. The Fight for Every American’s Vote to be Counted Continues.

Ruthelle voted in every election since 1948. When Wisconsin infringed upon her right to vote, she fought back. Attorneys from the American Civil Liberties Union first met Ruthelle Frank in 2011, when the then-84-year-old was fed up with her home state of Wisconsin’s attempts to infringe upon her right to vote. Show More Summary

It’s Time for Congressman Issa to Come Down From the Roof and Support the First Amendment

Rep. Darrell Issa has stood idly by as the city of Vista attacks his constituents’ right to protest outside of his office. On May 30, Rep. Darrell Issa’s San Diego County constituents saw a different side of the nine-term member of Congress. Angry...Show More Summary

In the Blink of an Eye, Police Officers Turned This Traffic Stop Into an Unnecessarily Violent Encounter

Disturbing police dash cam video from Minnesota shows an officer beating a motorist. In a heartbeat, Anthony Promvongsa’s sunny summer day in Worthington, Minnesota, turned from ordinary to a nightmare.   Shortly after encountering an agitated motorist driving in front of him on July 28, 2016, Anthony found himself confronted by the police. Show More Summary

Louisiana Locks Up More of Its Citizens Than Any Other State in the Nation, but Reform Is Coming

Louisiana just made history in a bipartisan move to smarter sentencing and prison alternatives. I was in the room last week when Gov. Jon Bel Edwards signed a package of 10 bills, passing the most aggressive criminal justice reform the...Show More Summary

Jeff Sessions Wants a New War on Drugs. It Won't Work.

Rather than expanding the drug war, the attorney general should examine local conditions that influence crime and violence. This piece originally appeared on The Washington Post.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions is right to be concerned...Show More Summary

We're Demanding Answers on U.S. Involvement in Torture at Secret UAE Prison Network

U.S. officials interrogated people held at secret facilities where torture is reported. This week, thanks to excellent reporting by The Associated Press, we learned of horrific conditions and brutal torture at 18 prisons around Yemen that are run by the United Arab Emirates, a U.S. Show More Summary

The ‘Magna Carta’ of Cyberspace Turns 20: An Interview With the ACLU Lawyer Who Helped Save the Internet

Twenty years ago, the Supreme Court struck down a broad online censorship law that almost gave us a very different internet. In the mid-1990s, as average American households were increasingly getting online, a “ Great Internet Sex Panic...Show More Summary

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