From same-sex marriage and voting rights to affirmative action, a look at the controversial cases to come.
If you were wondering, the answer to this question was in the affirmative.
Racially saturated issues like the death penalty, welfare, and affirmative action have faded from political debate.
"answering 'yes,'" mid-15c., from use in logic; from Middle French affirmatif (13c.), from Latin affirmativus, from affirmat-, past participle stem of affirmare (see affirm). As a noun from early 15c. Affirmative action "positive or corrective effort by employers to prevent discrimination in hiring or promotion" is attested from 1935 with regard to labor unions; specific racial sense is from 1961; now often used more generally in reference to hiring quotas, etc.