Now you Know

Let me get a little personal here. My career goal is to be a journalist. I used to want to be a legislator, and I won’t say that dream has fallen completely by the wayside, but a journalist is a key position to encourage critical thinking in the general population. They do the legwork, the research, they uncover the colonies under rocks, and then they arrange the information (all of it) into an orderly structure, point out some possible connections, illuminate incongruities, hand it to the public and say, “Now run with it.” Ideally, journalists don’t always point the way, but they light the path, they offer information and analysis at high enough quality and quantity to enable others to make informed decisions. This is all I have ever wanted to do with my life at least since middle school. My personal motto is “So no one can say, ‘I didn’t know.'” Ignorance is the enemy of progress and justice, and I want to live on the front lines, fighting it.

So much has been happening in the United States that will have civil rights implications for years to come. SCOTUS and other legal bodies have reached some intriguing decisions. In my opinion, some of these decisions are good, some of them are bad, and some of them will lead to positive outcomes, although I find myself on the fence about the way in which these outcomes were accomplished. Instead of adding to the chorus of voices and bloggers (many of them much more qualified than myself), I’m going to provide some links containing key information necessary to understand the current legal landscape surrounding DOMA, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Vance v. Ball State University, Proposition 8, and SB5.

I hope you’ll take the time to at least skim some of this information. If you can’t read it all, pick what feels most important to you, what you most immediately need information about, or whatever happens to be the biggest point of discussion around the water-cooler. Now you know.

United States v. Windsor (DOMA)
DOMA Text
SCOTUS Decision
Some Analysis (some articles may repeat in the section on Prop 8)
Voting Rights Act of 1965
Text
SCOTUS Decision
Some Analysis and Summary
Connections to Voting Districts (majority minority districts)
Connections to Voter ID (impact on various demographics, state implementation)
Vance v. Ball State University
Case
SCOTUS Decision
Some Analysis and Summary
Hollingsworth v. Perry (Proposition 8)
Proposition 8 Text
SCOTUS Decision
Some Analysis and Summary
Senate Bill 5
SB5 Text
Developments
Some Analysis, Data, and Summary
  • http://www.guttmacher.org/statecenter/spibs/spib_OAL.pdf (guttmacher.org)
  • http://www.burntorangereport.com/page/STANDWITHTEXASWOMEN (burntorangereport.com)
    • Burnt Orange Report is self-identified liberal blog. It’s biases are quite clear. While I usually wouldn’t recommend this kind of website as an information resource for my readers, it is the only website I could find that has clear, continuing coverage of this bill and its various forms. It has dedicated itself to live-blogging action on this bill until a final outcome is reached. For these reasons, you may want to give it a shot.
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