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Don’t Call It Flip-Flopping, Call It Dynamic Democracy

Don’t Call It Flip-Flopping, Call It Dynamic Democracy

By Akshay Prabhushankar, Staff Writer

April 19, 2016


Filed under Opinion

We expect legislators to do the right thing no matter public opinion, yet crush them at the polls if they act against the wishes of their constituency.

Stigma around politicians’ sexuality unwarranted

Stigma around politicians’ sexuality unwarranted

By Lena Rawley, Staff Columnist

October 3, 2014


Filed under Opinion

Politicians should be judged without consideration of their sexuality.

Federal law encompasses same-sex couples

Federal law encompasses same-sex couples

February 10, 2014


Filed under Exclude From Homepage List, Opinion

This past weekend in New York City, Attorney General Eric Holder announced an extension of federal marriage rights to encompass same-sex couples. The new ruling will apply to federal matters in all states, including those which have banned same-sex marriages. Speaking in New York City, Holder insisted...

NYU Reacts: Marriage equality in New Jersey

NYU Reacts: Marriage equality in New Jersey

By Kavish Harjai, Staff Writer

October 22, 2013


Filed under Editor's Picks, News

New Jersey opened the state to same-sex marriages on Oct. 21 without an appeal from Republican Gov. Chris Christie. Christie’s administration had initially stated it would appeal the state’s Supreme Court ruling last Friday denying the state the right to prevent marriages, but then withdrew the...

Supreme Court agenda might yield partisan rulings

Supreme Court agenda might yield partisan rulings

October 8, 2013


Filed under Exclude From Homepage List, Opinion

Unlike the rest of Washington, D.C., which is still shut down, the Supreme Court returned in full force to the bench on Oct. 7. The Justices’ docket is filled with highly controversial cases that touch on key social and electoral issues including abortion, contraception and campaign funding. The conservative...

Christie can afford to digress from constituents on gay marriage

Christie can afford to digress from constituents on gay marriage

By Christina Coleburn, Contributing Columnist

October 7, 2013


Filed under Exclude From Homepage List, Opinion

Gov. Chris Christie took his position by storm in 2010, bringing far more to Trenton than New Jerseyans could have imagined. Equipped with a fast tongue and fierce demeanor, Christie became known to the state — and ultimately the nation — for his straight-talking, truth-dumping, no-nonsense brand...

Pope Francis lays foundations for personal choice within church

Pope Francis lays foundations for personal choice within church

September 24, 2013


Filed under Exclude From Homepage List, Opinion

Pope Francis’ recent criticisms of the Catholic Church for its incessant focus on gay marriage, abortion and contraception marks another defining moment in papal history. Even more significant is the largely positive Catholic response to his comments — evidence of a growing desire for change in the church...

SCOTUS gay marriage rulings spark new battles

SCOTUS gay marriage rulings spark new battles

June 27, 2013


Filed under News

The Supreme Court released its rulings Wednesday on two court cases regarding same-sex marriage, declaring part of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional and dismissing Proposition 8 in California. DOMA, a Clinton-era act that defined marriage as between a man and a woman, has long denied ...

France legalizing gay marriage should be a wake up call for the U.S. on social reform

France legalizing gay marriage should be a wake up call for the U.S. on social reform

April 25, 2013


Filed under Opinion

When France legalized marriage and adoption rights for same-sex couples on Tuesday, it became the 14th nation in the world to make marriage equality official. The 331-to-225 vote was largely split between the parliamentary left and right, and the final decision roused violent street protests and strong c...

Same-sex marriage is consistent with conservative values

Same-sex marriage is consistent with conservative values

March 27, 2013


Filed under Opinion

Frank Schubert, a prominent supporter of California’s Proposition 8, recently wrote an opinion piece for the National Review arguing that gay marriage and conservatism are mutually exclusive. Certainly many conservatives narrowly define marriage as a union between one man and one woman. But marria...

French take to the streets in support of gay marriage

French take to the streets in support of gay marriage

January 31, 2013


Filed under News

Tens of thousands marched down Avenue Denfert Rochereau in Paris’ 14th district last weekend, raising their voices in support of French President François Hollande’s plan to legalize gay marriage and adoption by gay couples. This demonstration was held in contrast to a protest on Jan. 13, where religious figures and ardent opposers expressed their disapproval of the bill...

Liberal ideals to be tested over next four years

Liberal ideals to be tested over next four years

November 8, 2012


Filed under Exclude From Homepage List, Opinion

Tuesday’s election was a resounding victory for American progressives, but not just because of the decision to give President Obama a second term. Whether it was through key congressional elections or state-by-state ballot initiatives, liberal politics were advanced not because of the president, but...

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