In a radio interview with Tavis Smiley and Cornel West, BLS Professor and ACLU President Susan Herman commented on a week of extraordinary Supreme Court rulings, from changes to the Voting Rights Act to the strike down of the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8. Smiley, West, and Professor Herman discussed the interesting dichotomy of the Court's decisions, which have affirmed the civil rights of gay and lesbian Americans on one hand, but on the other, may lead to the disenfranchisement of poor and minority voters. "What are the next steps?" Professor Herman said, noting that it is now Congress' turn to continue the fights for both marriage equality and voting rights. "Congress is difficult," she added, "but in order to be a civil libertarian, you have to be relentlessly optimistic."
Listen to the full interview.