When Peggy Young, a delivery driver for UPS, found out she was pregnant, her midwife recommended she avoid lifting more than 20 pounds. But UPS refused her request — even though the company provided accommodations to people with disabilities or on-the-job injuries. They even accommodated people who lose their license because of drunk driving. But Peggy got put on unpaid leave and lost her paycheck and health coverage when she needed it most. She sued and her case is going all the way to the Supreme Court. We’re standing with Peggy – will you join us? http://bit.ly/14H8hPX

I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.
—  Basically, Thomas Jefferson telling the Supreme Court to shut up about original intent. He thought it was ridiculous — like asking a grown man to always wear kids’ clothes.
For more than a decade, Ginsburg has worked with a trainer in the Supreme Court’s small ground-level exercise room. Recently, Breyer used a machine that Ginsburg had been using; she set it at six, while he could handle only five. Kagan uses the same trainer as Ginsburg, and when the younger Justice struggles with fifteen-pound curls the trainer says, ‘C’mon! Justice Ginsburg can do that easily!’
—  From the archives: Jeffrey Toobin profiles Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

There are so many things about this that are wrong I don’t even know where to begin. I guess I’ll start with the fact that an employer feels the need to search every employee as he/she leaves the place of employment to confirm that he/she is not stealing anything. WTF? The 4th amendment prohibits random searches, but of course that has been interpreted to apply only to the government/police. So, employers are free to search anyone and everyone because the workers are not compelled to work there, right? The same principle applies to requiring every employee to submit a urine sample to make sure he doesn’t use any illegal drugs. Unions are needed now more than ever

(CNN) — The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for legal same-sex marriages in five more states.

The court refused to hear cases from the states — Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin — seeking to keep their same-sex marriage bans in place.

Couples in some of those states began applying for marriage licenses just hours after the Supreme Court’s decision.

CNN affiliate WVEC in Norfolk, Virginia, captured a same-sex couple who rushed to fill out their marriage license documents. Officials in Virginia began issuing same-sex marriage licenses at 1 p.m. Monday.

Tony London and Tim Bostic, two plaintiffs in Norfolk, said they were ready to receive their marriage license Monday afternoon.

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This is a HUGE victory in Human Rights in the south. When southern, usually conservative, states such as Utah, Oklahoma, and my own state, Virginia make changes like this for the better, it shows the rest of the south that things won’t change. It’s like what happened in New England, one state started, then the entire region was legalized for marriage equality. It opens the door for other states and citizens to speak their mind and to get what everyone deserves.