Archive for the 'Constitutional law'

Huge Victory for Secular Celebrants

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has given us a major victory, ruling in a case brought by CFI Indiana that the state must allow secular celebrants to solemnize marriages along with clergy. The ruling was by a three-judge panel that included two legendary conservative/libertarian legal scholars, Judge Frank Easterbrook and Judge Richard Posner. Read more

SCOTUS and Marriage Equality, Round 2

The state of Utah is asking the Supreme Court to hear an appeal of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that upheld a district court ruling that overturned their ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional. Lyle Denniston explains the situation: Read more

ENDA and the Hobby Lobby Decision

I recorded an interview for the Reasonable Doubts podcast Wednesday evening and they asked me about the decision by several gay rights groups to withdraw support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. I had seen headlines all day about it but hadn’t actually read the articles so I wasn’t clear on why they did so and what it has to do with the Hobby Lobby ruling. Reality: Not much. Read more

How Liberals Can Reclaim the Constitution

E.J. Dionne writes at the Washington Post about the tendency of those on the right to call themselves “constitutionalists” and continually claim to be the only ones who support the Constitution. And he says it’s “time for progressives to reclaim the Constitution.” Read more

Kentucky the Latest Anti-Marriage Law to Fall

Judge John G. Heyburn II, a federal district court judge appointed by the first President Bush, struck down Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriage on 14th Amendment equal protection grounds. He minced few words in rejecting the absurd arguments offered in defense of the law: Read more