Irish Pride: Ireland Becomes the First Nation with Popular Vote for Same-Sex Marriage

Ignoring the political advice of their bishops, the Irish people went to the polls on Friday and voted overwhelmingly for same-sex marriage, making Ireland the first nation to choose same-sex marriage by popular vote. More than 60% of eligible voters cast ballots. Thousands of people returned to Ireland to take part in the historic vote. The referendum carried by 62 to 38%. Old and young voters supported the outcome, as did parties across the political spectrum. The Irish Prime Minister cheered a decision that makes every citizen equal. The government’s Minister for Communications said, “We can no longer be regarded Read More …

Guest Blog: Janai Nelson, Preserving the Nuance of a Suspended Section 5

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the consolidated cases of Alabama Democratic Caucus v. Alabama and Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama could have gone awry in any number of ways that would have further incapacitated the Voting Rights Act. Thankfully, it didn’t. Instead, in the Court’s first opinion on Section 5 of the Act since dealing it a near-fatal blow in Shelby County v. Holder, a 5-4 majority preserved an important nuance of Section 5 that will enable the law to operate effectively, particularly once Congress restores that provision to full strength. Background Even two years later, the scorching Read More …