The Great Debate

Reaping as they sowed: How the culture wars are smiting the GOP

April 8, 2016
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In 2004, Republicans viewed the specter of gay marriage as a political gift from the gods.

Republican primary aside, NRA may be losing its grip on the public’s imagination

November 2, 2015
Street artist Panzarino prepares a memorial as he writes the names of the Sandy Hook Elementary School victims during the six-month anniversary of the massacre, at Union Square in New York

Street artist Mark Panzarino prepares a memorial as he writes the names of the Sandy Hook Elementary School victims during the six-month anniversary of the massacre, at Union Square in New York, June 14, 2013. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

Welcome back to work Kim Davis, now just do your job

September 14, 2015
Kim Davis speaks to her supporters after walking out of jail in Grayson Kentucky

Kim Davis, flanked by Republic presidential candidate Mike Huckabee (L) and her attorney Mathew Staver (R) speaks to supporters after leaving jail in Grayson, Kentucky, September 8, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Tilley

How Chief Justice John Roberts made himself a footnote to history

June 29, 2015
Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts is pictured on the front plaza of the Supreme Court in Washington

Chief Justice John Roberts on the front plaza of the Supreme Court in Washington, October 1, 2010. REUTERS/Larry Downing/Files

Even Christian Evangelicals are warming to gay marriage

June 26, 2015
Casey Kend of New York and a supporter of gay marriage holds a sign in front of the Supreme Court in Washington

Casey Kend, a supporter of gay marriage, holds a sign in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, June 26, 2015. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

How do you change the deeply held beliefs of a nation? Here’s one strategy.

April 17, 2015

Updated 6/25/2015 at 10:15 a.m. EDT A box of cupcakes are seen topped with icons of same-sex couples at City Hall in San Francisco

A box of cupcakes topped with icons of same-sex couples at City Hall in San Francisco, June 29, 2013. . REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Gay marriage: One judge fights the weight of history

February 12, 2015
Donna and Tina exchange rings during their marriage ceremony outside the Jefferson County Courthouse in Birmingham

Donna and Tina exchange rings during their marriage ceremony outside the Jefferson County Courthouse in Birmingham, Alabama, February 9, 2015. REUTERS/Marvin Gentry

ENDA: Next step forward in march for equality

November 7, 2013

Hanging in my office is the vote tally for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, sent to me by Senator Edward Kennedy soon after September 10, 1996. That day, I had watched from the Senate gallery as a bill to protect gay and lesbian workers from on-the-job discrimination based on their sexual orientation failed to pass by one vote.

Court due to make second trip down the aisle

July 16, 2013

Near the end of his engaging and informative e-book on the Supreme Court’s recent same-sex marriage decisions, To Have and To Uphold, New York Times reporter Adam Liptak makes a prediction: “The day will come when the constitutional question [over the constitutionality of a ban on same-sex marriage] will return to the Supreme Court for some final mopping up, perhaps when the number of states still banning same-sex marriage has dwindled to a score or fewer.”