While the significance of Sotomayor's New Year's Eve order should not be overstated, there's an important legal issue lurking in this case that could give religious employers sweeping and unprecedented immunity from the law.
The good news for supporters of equality is that a federal court in Utah held Friday that marriage discrimination against same-sex couples violates the Constitution. The bad news is that this case has a long way to go before gay couples in Utah can be sure that they will have full access to the Constitution's promise of equality
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The rule would achieve up to $280 billion in annual health benefits by preventing up to 34,000 premature deaths, 15,000 nonfatal heart attacks, 19,000 cases of acute bronchitis, 400,000 cases of aggravated asthma, and 1.8 million sick days a year beginning in 2014.
Justice Alito has also had several years on the Supreme Court to demonstrate his commitment to abolishing discrimination against women and racial minorities. What he's shown instead is a desire to roll back anti-discrimination law, even while he rails against discrimination against white people.
Amid the tattered remains of Roe v. Wade, many women are left behind. They’re living in a world in which affluent women may exercise their right to choose while impoverished women may not. It doesn’t look too different from 1972.