Civil Liberties Issues and Views
By Tom Head, About.com Guide
- Same-Sex Marriage and Civil Unions
- Illegal Immigration
- The Death Penalty
- The Power of the Presidency
No issue is more divisive in American political life than abortion. In social policy debate, it is always the proverbial elephant in the room.
- What is Abortion?
- Is Abortion Murder?
- Is Abortion Legal in Every State?
- Why is Abortion Legal?
- Pro-Life vs. Pro-Choice: Understanding the Abortion Debate
- Top 10 Anti-Abortion Myths
- What If Roe v. Wade Were Overturned?
- Roe v. Wade (1973): The Abridged Version
- Gonzales v. Carhart (2007): The "Partial Birth" Abortion Ruling
- Does the Fetus Have Rights?
- Abortion in the Bible
- Abortion, Emergency Contraception, and the Rhythm Method
- Top 10 Pro-Choice Quotes
- John McCain on Abortion and Reproductive Rights
- Profile of the Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF)
- Profile of NARAL Pro-Choice America
- Profile of National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW)
- Profile of the National Organization for Women (NOW)
- Profile of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA)
- Pictures from the March for Women's Lives (2004)
Same-Sex Marriage and Civil Unions
Marriage has changed as much as any other social institution over the past century, and it continues to change to this day. For many people, this is a blessing. For others, it's a little scary.
- Four Reasons to Support Same-Sex Marriage
- Should the Government Legislate Relationships?
- The American Gay Rights Movement: An Illustrated History and Timeline
- Same-Sex Marriage in Iowa?
- Same-Sex Marriage in Massachusetts
- States That May Soon Allow Same-Sex Marriage or Civil Unions
- Lesbian and Gay Rights 101: An Illustrated Guide
- Freedom to Marry
- Same-Sex Marriage and the Fourteenth Amendment
- The Power of Pride
- Pace v. Alabama (1883): The First Supreme Court Interracial Marriage Case
- McLaughlin v. Florida (1964): The Second Supreme Court Interracial Marriage Case
- Top 10 Blogs on LGBT Rights
- Profile of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
- Profile of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
- Profile of Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund
Since 1880, the U.S. government has for the most part had an unspoken agreement with undocumented Mexican immigrants: Show up here to work (often for less than minimum wage), and we won't deport you. Now that the undocumented population has grown to 11 million, the government is under pressure to violate that agreement.
- Guantanamo for Kids: The T. Don Hutto Residential Facility
- Top 10 Blogs on Immigrants' Rights
- Profile of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR)
The Death Penalty
Other than the fact that it is irreversible, expensive, often performed in a sloppy way, representative of racially biased prosecutorial trends, and occasionally inflicted on innocent people, the death penalty seems sensible enough.
- Is the Death Penalty Murder?
- Eight Ways to Die: An Illustrated Guide to Contemporary Execution Methods
- Christianity and the Death Penalty
- History of the Electric Chair
- The Execution of Angel Nieves Diaz
- Baze v. Rees (2008): Lethal Injection, Science, and the Burden of Proof
- What If the Death Penalty Saves Lives?
- Top 10 Death Penalty Blogs
- The Eighth Amendment: Text, Origins, and Meaning
The Power of the Presidency
The federal government is made up of the executive branch (led by the president), the legislative branch (Congress), and the judicial branch (led by the Supreme Court). While all branches have at times abused their roles, the executive branch is by far the most dangerous of the three.
- The 8 Worst Presidents in U.S. History on Civil Liberties Issues
- Watch the Executive Branch
- Does the White House Need a Civil Liberties Advisor?
- Understanding the Unitary Executive Theory