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If I Must Accept the Hobby Lobby Decision, You Must Accept Marriage Equality

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

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June 2014: the Supreme Court hands down its opinion in a controversial case, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. In a 5-4 vote, the court allows corporations to claim religious exemptions from federal laws. Opponents are angered but accept the court’s decision as the final word on the subject.

June 2015, the Supreme Court hands down its opinion in a controversial case, Obergefell v. Hodges. In a 5-4 vote, the court grants same-sex couples the right to marry in all 50 states. Opponents are angered and do not accept the court’s decision as the final word on the subject. With excessive pouting, they demand an end to the Supreme Court as we know it.

Texas senator Ted Cruz, self-appointed leader of the outraged, convened a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting titled, ‘With Prejudice: Supreme Court Activism and Possible Solutions.’ He spoke gravely with lots of heavy sighs and theatrical turns of phrase: “Much to my great disappointment, this past term, the court crossed a line. Continued its long descent into lawlessness. To a level that I believe demands action. [dramatic pause] The court today is not a body of jurists. It is not a body of judges following the law, but rather it has declared itself, in effect, a super-legislature.” A musical stab would have worked wonderfully here to punctuate his point. He continued in a supremely serious tone: “Five unelected judges declared that the marriage laws of all 50 states were now, somehow, transformed into being unconstitutional … That’s not law. That’s not judging. That’s policy-making.”

By Domenick Scudera – Full Story at the Huffington Post

USA: Justice Ginsburg Thinks the Court Struck the Right Balance on Marriage Equality

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgLiberal Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg thinks the Supreme Court got it about right with the two marriage equality decisions earlier this year. Bloomberg reports:

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the U.S. Supreme Court’s foremost champion of civil rights, said the court struck the right balance with two rulings that backed gay marriage without legalizing it across the country. Gay-rights supporters had urged the court to declare a constitutional right for same-sex marriage nationwide. Ginsburg, who has said the court was too bold in the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade abortion-rights ruling, said in an interview that the court was right to take a more limited approach in the gay marriage decisions. “The court handled both of those cases just the way they should have,” said Ginsburg, who was a leading advocate for women’s rights before she became a judge.

Do you think the court was right to take such an incremental step? Or should they have gone all the way and ruled for marriage equality in every state?

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US: DOJ Mum on Appeal of DOMA Decisions

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

It’s been 40 days since U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Tauro ruled – in two cases – that the federal benefits provision in the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. But the Department of Justice has still not indicated whether it intends to appeal those decisions to the 1st Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

In fact, according to DOJ attorney Scott Simpson, who is leading the case filed by Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, the government has not yet decided whether it will appeal.

Simpson declined to discuss the process further and directed a reporter to a media specialist at DOJ, who said only that she has “no updates” on that matter at this time.

Full Story from Keen News Service

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