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  • May 06, 2008
    By Harvey Silverglate

    Today's newspapers carry the obituary for the somewhat accidental civil rights pioneer Mildred Loving, who died last Friday at 68. Loving and her late husband Richard were the plaintiffs in one of the most important civil rights cases ever to reach the Supreme Court. Their exquisitely- and aptly-named case, Loving v.

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  • February 14, 2008
    By Wendy Kaminer
    By Wendy Kaminer,

    Is the animosity of civil libertarians toward Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia, “misguided,” as Harvey suggests below? Not hardly; and it is not simply based on Scalia’s opposition to gay rights and reproductive choice, as Harvey implies. While I agree that Scalia's recent remarks about torture are not grounds for impeachment, I don't suspect him of being a closet civil libertarian.

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  • November 08, 2007
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    By James F. Tierney

    Last week the family of a U.S. marine who died in Iraq won a $10.9 million award against members of the Westboro Baptist Church for picketing outside the soldier’s funeral, bearing signs reading “God Hates Fags.” (They “argue” that U.S. servicemen and women are dying in Iraq because God is punishing the U.

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  • November 08, 2007
    By Wendy Kaminer
    By Wendy Kaminer

    Anyone who has yet to be convinced that the term “faith-based” social services is a euphemism for sectarian social services should consider that the Bush Administration has directed 98% of “faith based” foreign aid funds to Christian groups (according to a 2006 report by the Boston Globe.) That should come as no surprise.

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  • August 31, 2007
    By Wendy Kaminer
    It’s long been apparent from Mitt Romney’s opportunistic political career that he lacks both courage and conviction (except perhaps for a sincere belief in his own goodness and entitlement to power.) So his swift and spineless denunciations of Larry Craig are no surprise, although as Harvey stresses in his post below, the comparison of Romney to both Lyndon Johnson and Barry Goldwater, who made a principled decision not to engage in gay bashing given a similar opportunity (in a much less tolerant era,) is instructive.

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