House Republican leaders had a uniform response to the Supreme Court’s decision to take up marriage: silence.
The high court’s decision last week to hear two cases relating to marriage equality puts that issue at the center of the national debate. And it does so at an exceedingly awkward time for Republicans, many of whom are trying to downplay or moderate their party’s views on social issues to chart a path back to electoral success.
Now that the Supreme Court has signaled its willingness to address the same-sex marriage question by deciding to hear two cases, everyone is trying to figure out what the end result might mean. Until that happens we’re all groping in the dark.
A high level official with the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division told transgender advocates on Dec. 5 that the department has and will continue to use its law enforcement powers to fight anti-transgender discrimination.