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Infographic: The Equality Act Explained

LGBT people still lack basic nondiscrimination protections throughout daily life. The Equality Act would modernize the nation’s nondiscrimination laws to include everyone.

Infographic: Divided Government Has Not Always Meant Slow Judicial Confirmations

The Senate's current judicial confirmations are moving at the slowest rate since 1953.

A voter casts a ballot.

Elections Matter

article icon Issue Brief State legislatures have traditionally handled redistricting, which has created partisan and predictable elections that discourage millennial participation in the democratic process.


Turning Our Backs on the 14th Amendment

article icon Issue Brief Birthright citizenship—a key right under the 14th Amendment and now a hot-button topic in the immigration debate—is facing repeal efforts that are un-American and unconstitutional.

Texas Supreme Court justices

More Money, More Problems

book_alt2 icon Report A new CAP report looks at the challenge of sustaining judicial diversity on the bench in the face of big-money judicial elections.

Supreme Court

Restoring the Balance

book_alt2 icon Report One year after Hobby Lobby, state legislators, organizations, and for-profit corporations are using religious liberty to infringe on the rights of women, religious minorities, and LGBT people.

Pope Francis visit to the United States

Pope Francis and Access to Justice

The record number of federal court judicial vacancies contradicts Pope Francis’ call for better governance and a more just society.

Rev. William Barber voting rally

Voting Rights Advocates Turn to North Carolina Courts, Stacked by Campaign Cash

A D.C. group pushed voter suppression measures then spent millions to elect the North Carolina Supreme Court justices hearing lawsuits against these changes.

Julian Bond

The Enduring Legacy of Julian Bond

The fight for racial justice and equality will not end with the death of leading civil rights activist and visionary Julian Bond.

Lyndon Johnson signing Voting Rights Act

It Is Time to Update the Voting Rights Act

In the absence of a new Voting Rights Act, the right to vote is not protected for all Americans.

Infographic: The Discrimination that Remains Beyond Marriage

Despite our nation’s progress on marriage equality, it remains legal to discriminate against LGBT workers, customers, students, renters, and homebuyers in a majority of states.

President LBJ

The Supreme Court Could Strike Down a Key Provision of Housing Discrimination Law

A ruling against disparate impact analysis would be a blow to the nation’s larger civil rights laws and to some of its most vulnerable populations.

Infographic: RFRA Repercussions

Overly broad state religious freedom restoration acts, or RFRAs, threaten true religious freedom and could have far-reaching negative consequences.

Supreme Court

Supreme Court: Judges Aren’t Politicians, and States Can Bar Them From Soliciting Campaign Cash

By upholding Florida’s ban on judges directly seeking campaign cash, the Supreme Court recognizes money’s corrosive effect on judicial elections.

Demonstrators gather outside the Supreme Court.

Why Courts Matter

article icon Issue Brief Legal disputes over gun violence, money in politics, and voting rights illustrate the profound impact that U.S. federal courts have on the lives of all Americans.

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