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Vigilance in the Defense of Liberty and Freedom
Ria Tabacco Mar, LDF Assistant Counsel of the Economic Justice Practice, highlights in Ebony.com the strikingly similar text and tone of today's continuing debate on Marriage Equality with past language all too familiar to African Americans in the defense of institutional racial inequality.
New Director Counsel Inspires Major Gift to America's Premier Legal Organization Fighting for Racial Justice
Today, the Houston Chronicle published an editorial calling on the Harris County District Attorney and U.S. Senator John Cornyn to show leadership and demand a new, fair sentencing hearing for LDF client, Duane Buck. Read about it here.
The U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Columbia is the second most important court in the country. It has special jurisdiction for reviewing the actions of federal agencies. Additionally, under the Voting Rights Act, one of its members is required to sit on three-judge panels that decide whether to preclear voting changes by jurisdictions with a history of voting discrimination.
This week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in two landmark cases seeking marriage equality for gay and lesbian people. LDF has submitted a brief in each case asking the Court to overturn laws that discriminate against gays and lesbians.