Senators Are Optimistic That Marriage Equality Bill Will Pass This Month

Senate negotiators working on a bill to codify marriage equality protections have expressed optimism that the legislation could be passed by the end of this month. The Respect for Marriage Act passed earlier this summer in the House of Representatives, with just 47 Republicans voting in its favor. The bill faces greater obstacles in the Senate, however, where it needs 60 votes to overcome a filibuster so it can be passed. If the bill does pass in the Senate, President Joe Biden has said that he will sign it into law. Some Republicans have expressed a willingness to support the…

Ocasio-Cortez Says Men Must Speak Up in Fight for Abortion Rights

In a candid interview published on Wednesday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) opened up about her experience being sexually assaulted and discussed what must be done in order for the fight for abortion rights to succeed. Ocasio-Cortez spoke to GQ about the days following the Supreme Court’s overturn of Roe v. Wade, including her decision when the ruling was handed down to join protesters in D.C. and speak to the crowds about her personal experience being raped. As Democrats bizarrely sang “God Bless America” on the Capitol steps at a press conference for a gun reform bill shortly after Dobbs…

Senate Democrats Hope to Pass Bill Codifying Marriage Equality Before Midterms

Democratic lawmakers in Congress may make one last push in the coming weeks to pass a number of bills — including one protecting the right to same-sex marriage — in the run-up to the midterm elections. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer promised a vote on marriage equality last month, but told reporters he wouldn’t provide them with a “timetable” for when the vote would take place. While some have criticized the impending vote as a means of getting more support for Democrats in the upcoming elections, Schumer’s aides told Politico that the delay is about ensuring that the bill can…

Upcoming Supreme Court Cases Could Put Affirmative Action on the Chopping Block

Originally published by Prism. The Supreme Court of the United States will soon hear two cases that have the potential to permanently change the racial makeup of college classrooms. This fall, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in cases against Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), which argue that the affirmative action policies at both schools are discriminatory. The cases allege the universities break the law by looking at race, with a preference given to Indigenous, Black, and Latinx applicants — discriminating against white and Asian candidates. Especially in the case against Harvard,…

Ginni Thomas Told Wisconsin Lawmakers to Overturn 2020 Presidential Result

Conservative activist Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, who is also the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, sent messages to state lawmakers in Wisconsin urging them to overturn the 2020 presidential election results and assign its Electoral College votes to former President Donald Trump, who had lost in the state election. Thomas sent the messages on November 9, the same day she sent similar messages to dozens of Republican lawmakers in another state asking them to do the same thing — to overturn Joe Biden’s presidential win in the state and to give their electors to Trump, against the wishes of…

Republicans Are Deleting Anti-Abortion Views From Their Campaign Sites

As most federal and state races for political office enter the general election phase, a number of anti-abortion Republicans are scrambling to appeal to voters who don’t share their extremist ideals. Sixty percent of Americans believe abortion should be legal in most or all circumstances, according to a recent USA Today/Ipsos poll. Republicans who won their primaries by flaunting their anti-abortion views are likely aware of these numbers — and they are now sanitizing their ideology in order to appeal to a wider slate of voters in the upcoming general elections. Many GOP candidates have been quietly removing their anti-abortion…

Conservative Group Led By Man Behind Far Right Supreme Court Got $1.6B Donation

A little known conservative group headed by a leader in Republicans’ years-long campaign to pack the Supreme Court got an astonishing $1.6 billion donation last year, new reporting reveals. This is likely the largest-ever donation from a single donor to a political nonprofit. The New York Times reported on Monday that electronics mogul and billionaire Barre Seid donated 100 percent of his shares in his electronic device manufacturing company, Tripp Lite, to the group in 2021 — just before Tripp Lite was sold to a foreign company for $1.65 billion, tax records show. In all, the donation is worth more…

Some Google Map Searches Send Abortion Seekers to Crisis Pregnancy Centers

A new report reveals that Google — the most widely-used search engine in the country — is directing people searching for abortion services to so-called “crisis pregnancy centers,” which seek to dissuade people from getting abortions. According to Bloomberg News, Google Maps is misleading people searching for abortion services by including crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) in their results. These dubious quasi-health centers, often run by religious organizations with far right views, use misinformation and fearmongering to persuade people not to get abortions. False claims pushed by CPCs include wrongly telling patients that abortions are linked to breast cancer or mental…

Michigan Judge Temporarily Blocks 91-Year-Old Anti-Abortion Law

A judge in Michigan has temporarily blocked the enforcement of a 91-year-old statute that would have banned abortions in the state at any stage of pregnancy. On Monday, Oakland County Judge Jacob Cunningham issued a temporary restraining order on the 1931 law, which bans the procedure at every stage of pregnancy unless a pregnant person’s life is in danger. The statute makes no exception for rape or incest. Cunningham’s ruling came hours after a separate appellate court ruled that a previous injunction only applied to state officials, and that county prosecutors could enforce the ban at their discretion, starting immediately.…

Approval of Supreme Court Among Democrats Has Hit Rock Bottom at 13 Percent

The Supreme Court’s approval rating has hit a record low among Democrats following a slew of rulings handed down by the far right Court in recent months, new polling finds. A Gallup poll released on Tuesday, conducted just after the Supreme Court’s most recent session ended, finds that a mere 13 percent of Democrats approve of the Supreme Court’s job performance. This figure is down 23 points from September, shortly after the Court declined to overturn Texas’s restrictive abortion ban, and down 38 points from 51 percent approval from Democrats in July 2021, before the most recent session began. The…

Texas Republican Seeks to Limit HIV Medication Access After Winning Abortion Ban

A prominent conservative lawyer who crafted the Texas bounty hunter anti-abortion law that kickstarted the judicial path to overturning Roe v. Wade has filed a new lawsuit aimed at limiting access to preventative HIV medications known as HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP. Jonathan Mitchell, a former Republican solicitor general of Texas and now-private lawyer who has spent years seeking to restrict abortion access, same sex marriage and same sex intercourse, argues in his new lawsuit on behalf of Christian clients that free access to PrEP, as mandated under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), is a violation of religious freedoms. The…

AOC Calls Out 195 House Republicans Who Voted Against Access to Contraception

After the House passed a bill to protect contraception access across the country with only eight Republican votes on Thursday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) criticized the GOP, saying that the vote is proof of how far right the party has moved. The vast majority of the Republican caucus – 195 members – voted against passing the bill, which would bar states from implementing laws restricting access to contraceptives like IUDs, birth control pills and Plan B, the emergency contraceptive. Ocasio-Cortez wrote after the vote that the bill was “not a ‘gotcha’ bill with a bunch of stuff,” but “was…

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