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Today in History Quiz

TweetI’d like to do a nerdy thing today and offer a little history trivia. Thanks for indulging me. So… no cheating! Question: Why, on October 8, 1991, did seven congresswomen — Barbara Boxer (Calif.),Pat Schroeder (Colo.), Barbara Kennelly (Conn.), Louise Slaughter (N.Y.), Jolene Unsoeld (Wash.), Patsy Mink (Haw.) and Nita Lowey (N.Y.), as well as Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.) — march from the House to the Senate in protest? [Answer [...]
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Why the VRA matters

TweetToday Texas Governor Rick Perry signed into law one of the most draconian pieces of legislation destroying reproductive health to Texas women as Congress continues its hearings on the reinstatement of the Voting Rights Act. Last month, the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act in an extreme act of hubris by a 5-4 vote. [...]
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Marriage equality’s hip hop theme song

Tweet The rap duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis has broken records with their hits “Thrift Shop” and “Can’t Hold Us.” And now, with their pro-marriage equality hit “Same Love,” which features out lesbian Mary Lambert, they’re shattering stereotypes. Just as “Same Love” supported this movement, the recent Supreme Court rulings on DOMA and Prop 8 [...]
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Supreme Court strikes down key section of the Voting Rights Act

TweetThe Supreme Court today struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, which determines which states must have their approach to voting cleared by the federal government. These states have a bad track record with with people of color and non-English speakers’ rights to vote. From Colorlines: The currently covered areas are places that [...]
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A translation of the Supreme Court’s arguments against marriage equality

TweetThe Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments on California’s Prop 8, the law banning same-sex marriage in California. Because legalese is hard to understand, I’ve translated some of the arguments made against marriage equality, and one of the arguments made for it, from yesterday’s hearing. 1. Justice Samuel Alito kvetched to the Solicitor General Donald [...]
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