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"At a time when concerns about the conduct of judicial elections have reached a fever pitch ... the Court today unleashes the floodgates of corporate and union general treasury spending in these races."
Justice John Paul Stevens, in Citizens United v. FEC, Jan. 21, 2010

LGBT in the Law


The LGBT community, like that of racial minorities, has faced many hurdles to entering the federal judiciary. Not the least of these was a 1986 Supreme Court ruling that upheld the constitutionality of state anti-sodomy laws that effectively criminalized LGBT relationships.

However, the end of the twentieth century saw the tide begin to turn for the LGBT community. From an influx of openly gay individuals being elected and appointed to positions of power, to the Supreme Court's ruling in 2003 to reverse its 1986 decision, the LGBT community is increasingly being pulled into a position of greater participation in the judicial system of the nation. 


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