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FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2020, file photo, Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett listens during a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Barrett served for nearly three years on the board of a private Christian school that effectively barred admission to children of same-sex parents and made it plain openly gay and lesbian teachers weren’t welcome in the classroom. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times via AP, Pool, File)
US Supreme Court Nominee Amy Coney Barrett Sat on Board at Private School with Anti-Gay Rules

AP says Amy Coney Barrett sat in a leadership position at private Christian schools barring children of same-sex parents and LGBTQ teachers.

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How an Even More Conservative Supreme Court Could Eviscerate Voting Rights for Black Americans

During her Senate confirmation hearings last week, Judge Amy Coney Barrett would not confirm whether she agrees that the Constitution empowers Congress to protect the vote for all citizens.

Amy Coney Barrett on criminal justice
What Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court Would Mean for Criminal Justice Reform

“The judicial branch of government in this country ... has been critical in our ability to see change move as a nation."

The Fate of Florida — And America — Could Come Down To An Unjust Poll Tax

"I didn't appreciate the vote until I lost my rights as a felon. If they want to stop a bunch of Blacks and Latinos from voting, it must be important."

Amy Coney Barrett and racial inequality
Judge Amy Coney Barrett Has Been ‘Stunningly Hostile’ to Civil Rights, Critics Say

Civil rights activists are worried that a 6-3 conservative court could hinder progress and potentially lead to rollbacks of Black Americans’ civil rights.

A Trump-appointed appeals court judge has sided with Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to limit absentee ballot drop-off locations across Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip File)
Trump-Appointed Judge Rules to Make It Harder for Voters to Drop Off Ballots in Texas

The appeals court upheld Gov. Greg Abbott's rule that limited each Texas county to one absentee ballot drop-off location. The governor's move was criticized as a voter suppression tactic.

Republicans have confirmed hundreds of conservative judges across the US since President Trump took office.
Republicans Have Been Packing the Courts Since Trump Took Office

Since 2016, President Trump and Senate Republicans have installed die-hard conservatives in lifetime judicial appointments, packing the courts in favor of their agenda.