SCOTUS http://wesa.fm en ACLU of Pennsylvania Sues Commonwealth on Behalf of Same-Sex Couples & Families http://wesa.fm/post/aclu-pennsylvania-sues-commonwealth-behalf-same-sex-couples-families <p>Two weeks after the Supreme Court of the United States overturned key <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/06/26/the-supreme-court-struck-down-doma-heres-what-you-need-to-know/">provisions in the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act</a>, the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania has <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/federal-suit-filed-pa-force-state-allow-same-sex-marriage">filed a federal lawsuit</a> to overturn the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.</p><p>The 23 plaintiffs, including 10 same-sex couples, one widow, and two teenage children of one of the couples, say they've seen firsthand the <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/0/hp_breaking/federal-lawsuit-seeks-to-legalize-gay-marriage-in-pennsylvania-694787/">inequality of PA law in its discrimination</a> against same-sex couples.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.aclu.org/blog/author/molly-tack-hooper">ACLU Staff Attorney</a> <strong>Molly Tack-Hooper</strong> and <a href="http://www.law.pitt.edu/people/full-time-faculty/anthony-c-infanti">Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh</a>, <strong>Anthony Infanti</strong>, weigh in on the legality of the lawsuit and the path for equality in Pennsylvania paved by the repeal of DOMA.</p><p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 20:31:24 +0000 Katherine Blackley 12888 at http://wesa.fm ACLU of Pennsylvania Sues Commonwealth on Behalf of Same-Sex Couples & Families Impact of the Supreme Court Voting Right's Act Decision http://wesa.fm/post/impact-supreme-court-voting-rights-act-decision <p>Last week's 5-4 Supreme Court decision on the Voting Rights Act struck down a key aspect that has been used to promote and protect the political power of minority voters. This has not gone over well with many activists and civic organizations.&nbsp;</p><p>Among the concerned groups is Pittsburgh's <a href="http://www.b-pep.net/">Black Political Empowerment Project </a>(B-PEP), who held a press conference yesterday to voice their disappointment with the court's decision.</p><p>Today, B-PEP Chairman <strong>Tim Stevens</strong> discussed the far reaching implications for voting rights. Tue, 02 Jul 2013 20:14:50 +0000 John Lavanga 12456 at http://wesa.fm Impact of the Supreme Court Voting Right's Act Decision The Legality of DNA Swab Testing After Arrest http://wesa.fm/post/legality-dna-swab-testing-after-arrest <p></p><p></p><p>In a <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/03/justice/supreme-court-dna-tests">5-4 majority</a>, the United States Supreme Court concluded suspects can be subjected to a police <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57587331/supreme-court-says-police-can-take-dna-swabs-after-arrest/">DNA test</a> after arrest and before trial and conviction. DNA samples would go into a national database and could possible be used to solve "cold cases."&nbsp;However, it calls into question the issue of personal privacy vs. public safety.</p><p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 12:03:00 +0000 Katherine Blackley 11743 at http://wesa.fm The Legality of DNA Swab Testing After Arrest