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Vigilance in the Defense of Liberty and Freedom
(New York, NY) The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) submitted a friend-of-the-court brief today to the United States Supreme Court in United States v. Windsor asking the Court to hold the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional. LDF’s brief urges the Court to apply heightened scrutiny to the law because it intentionally relegates gays and lesbians to inferior social status.
SCOTUS Dispatch: 'Hush Fell' Over Courtroom
Your Take: A civil rights lawyer's view of the scene as the high court heard a voting-rights case.
Sherrilyn Ifill, LDF's Director-Counsel, appears on PBS NewsHour with host Judy Woodruff, and explains that Section 5, the "preclearance" section and heart of the Voting Rights Act, remains vital today. Section 5 protects the rights of voters of color who live in places with the worst and most persistent history of voting discrimination.