If Republican lawmakers in Arizona and seven other states got their way, their states would have laws allowing Islamic owners of restaurants to refuse service to women who appear in public without a male relative or without covering their heads. Those Republican lawmakers say that it infringes on the religious freedom of business owners not to have a law spelling out their right to deny service to customers whose behavior is inconsistent with their own beliefs.
Valentine’s Day 2014 is shaping up to be one of the happiest for many gay and lesbian couples in America.
Abetted by the 2013 Supreme Court decision that repealed part of the Defense of Marriage Act, nine more states legalized same sex marriage in the past year, bringing the total to 17 states and D.C.
People like to say that the United States is a nation of immigrants. However, some immigrants have been more welcome than others.
When the International Olympic Committee chose Sochi to host the 2014 Winter Games, it inadvertently put a spotlight on one of the world’s most unapologetically corrupt, bigoted and despotic nations. If committee members thought the event would have a civilizing effect on Russia, they should have looked to the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin.
Seven months after 68 U.S. senators overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan immigration bill, House Republicans respond with a flimsy document that only serves to underscore the callous attitude Republicans have toward our nation’s immigrants.
We said at the beginning of 2013 and we reiterate at the beginning of 2014: A roadmap to citizenship is vital to protecting working families’ rights and keeping families together. In 2013, Americans made clear they support a path to citizenship for the 11 million aspiring Americans. So should House Republicans. Half-measures that would create a permanent class of non-citizens without access to green cards should be condemned, not applauded.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker delivered his fourth State of the State address on Jan. 22.
Here is the text, as prepared for delivery: