All posts tagged: supreme court

Justice Sotomayor is Right.

When I saw the news of Alton Sterling being killed by police last night, I was reminded of a dissent I’d recently read by Justice Sotomayor. I have a feeling the story the police give about why they approached Sterling, and why deadly force was used and is okay, will not being something with which I agree. Extrajudicial execution is NOT OKAY and it’s against what we’re supposed to stand for as Americans. Each time, this is heartbreaking, for every victim of this kind of treatment by police, and every black person who watches these things happen over and over and feels hurt, less welcome, less cared for, and that they are treated as less than fully American. It breaks my heart, and I’m watching from the view of being white. I can only imagine what it feels like from the other side, and it’s too much. And I know there are police officers out there every day not doing these horrible things, but even when acting within the law, our punishments have gotten out of control. Expecting citizens to be okay …

RBG, Boss Bitch

NPR’s story on a new book about Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O’Connor has confirmed my suspicion that I’ve got to read it ASAP. I mean: “Decades later, though, when she was nominated to the Supreme Court, one of her law school classmates regaled his Rotary Club pals, telling them she was known in law school by a particularly unattractive nickname. “When Ginsburg heard that this man had reported that her nickname at Harvard was ‘bitch,’ ” says Hirshman, “Ginsburg looked up and said, ‘better bitch than mouse.’” More, please! See here for the rest on NPR & find the book, Sisters in Law, here.

Marriage Equality Wins

Yesterday I celebrated the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of the Affordable Care Act and today I am THRILLED to be back to celebrate their decision on Marriage Equality today. WOW! Every state! [tweet https://twitter.com/sarahblackstock/status/614434150301331456 align=’center’ ] Justice Kennedy’s opinion is beautiful. This is especially lovely to read: “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.” SCOTUSblog’s coverage is outstanding as …

SCOTUS & the ACA

Today the Supreme Court ruled in favor of keeping the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) in tact and insert huge sigh of relief here. The ACA has allowed my mom to have insurance for the first time in more than a decade, due to a pre-existing condition. And it also lets my younger sister find a policy she can afford, since her job doesn’t offer health insurance. They’re just like millions of other people who have coverage right now and that’s important to protect. If you’re a huge nerd like me, here’s the official PDF of the court’s opinion. 😀 Basically: [tweet https://twitter.com/ellievhall/status/614074172088668160 align=’center’ ]