| Aug 22, 2013
| 2:56 PM
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration escalated its fight with Texas Republicans on Thursday over voting rights for minorities, as it urged judges to block a strict new voter-identification law that administration lawyers argue is discriminatory....
| Sep 19, 2013
| 9:44 PM
Two legal scholars battled over marriage equality during a debate at Orange Coast College on Thursday.
Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the UC Irvine School of Law, argued as a proponent of marriage equality. His opponent, John Eastman, former Chapman...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Given his track record on marital fidelity, former President Bill Clinton is not the person I would consult about "committed, loving relationships." Clinton used those words in a Washington Post op-ed last week, urging the Supreme Court to overturn the...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
The Supreme Court's mixed bag of decisions in the session's final days, particularly on voting rights and same-sex marriage, seized the nation's headlines but did little to bolster its own clarity or credibility.
Interested non-lawyers were left...
| Jun 27, 2013
| 4:32 PM
Friday's print column In his delightfully dyspeptic dissent to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn a key portion of the Defense of Marriage Act announced Wednesday, Justice Antonin Scalia (right) referred to the “legalistic argle-...
| Jun 26, 2013
When the Supreme Court decided to send its latest hot potato of an affirmative action case back to a lower court for further review, civil rights veteran Julian Bond gave me a two-word reaction: "They punted."
Translation for non-sports fans: They...
| Jun 30, 2013
There is no denying that this nation has come a mighty long way since Bloody Sunday in Selma, Ala., in 1965, when marchers on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, seeking the right to vote, were attacked by police and one of them, John Lewis, almost lost his life....
| Jun 29, 2013
| 3:13 PM
UC Davis law professor Vikram Amar said the chance of the Supreme Court intervening to stop same-sex marriages in California was “pretty low” after backers of Proposition 8 filed an emergency petition Saturday with the court calling for a halt...
| Jul 1, 2013
Under the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal government does not recognize same-sex marriages even in states that have legalized it. Last week, the Supreme Court ruled DOMA unconstitutional.
There are two possible grounds, distinct and in some ways...
| Jun 29, 2013
| 6:13 PM
SAN FRANCISCO -- Backers of Proposition 8 made another attempt Saturday to stop gay marriage in California even as ceremonies were occurring throughout the day here.
ProtectMarriage, the sponsors of Proposition 8, filed an emergency petition to the U.S....
| Jun 30, 2013
| 9:56 AM
SAN FRANCISCO — Finnlandia McGowan, 58, awoke before sunrise in her San Rafael home on Sunday morning and drove into San Francisco. It was her first time attending a gay pride parade in the city, and she wanted the right spot.
Wearing a white...