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Category Archive: Constitutional law

Mar 25 2014

Wingnuts React to Michigan Marriage Ruling

Bigots around the state of Michigan are reacting to the federal court ruling striking down Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage and second-parent adoption with all the simpleminded inanity we’ve come to expect from them. I’ll start slow with Gary Glenn of the AFA of Michigan:

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Mar 10 2014

Michigan Wraps Up Its Case Against Equality

The state of Michigan wrapped up its case on Thursday in the suit challenging our ban on same-sex marriage and second-parent adoption and it didn’t go very well for them. One of their witnesses was ruled out by the judge, one got pummeled on the witness stand and the last one got all religious.

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Mar 07 2014

KY Gov. to Hire Lawyers to Defend Marriage Ban

The attorney general of Kentucky is, like several others around the country, refusing to defend that state’s ban on recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states. Now Gov. Steve Beshear, a Democrat, is going to hire private attorneys to appeal the district court ruling striking it down.

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Mar 03 2014

SCOTUS Issues Appalling Decision on Asset Forfeiture

The Supreme Court on Thursday handed down an absolutely appalling, though not surprising, decision that makes it even easier for the government to seize your assets on the grounds that they were gained through the commission of a crime before ever convicting you of that alleged crime. The case is Kaley v United States.

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Feb 28 2014

Texas Marriage Ban Struck Down

Another day, another state ban on same-sex marriage struck down by a federal judge. This time it’s Texas, where Judge Orlando Garcia issued a preliminary injunction finding the law violates the Equal Protection Clause, following closely the logic of the Supreme Court’s Windsor ruling.

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Feb 28 2014

VanderPlaats: Defund Courts for Rulings I Disagree With

Iowa wingnut extraordinaire Bob VanderPlaats is mad that Rand Paul isn’t proposing to defund the federal district courts in Kentucky because one judge there overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Appearing on Steve Deace’s radio show he delivered this diatribe that is staggeringly stupid on multiple levels.

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Feb 27 2014

WND’s Dishonest Spin on Nun Lawsuit

The Worldnetdaily has its usual dishonest spin on the lawsuit filed by a group of nuns. And it’s a “Worldnetdaily exclusive,” which appears to mean nothing. Lots of other news outlets are writing about the same case. If it’s an “exclusive” then so is every story.

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Feb 26 2014

Notre Dame Denied Injunction on Contraception Mandate

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s refusal to grant a preliminary injunction in the University of Notre Dame’s lawsuit challenging the ACA’s contraception mandate. ND is arguing that even though they are exempt from having to include contraception in their group insurance policy, the act of having to claim that exemption …

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Feb 26 2014

School Settles Lawsuit Over Outing Student

Kilgore Intermediate School District in — where else? — Texas has settled a lawsuit filed against it after a pair of softball coaches outed one of their players to her mother. The mother was supportive and filed multiple complaints against the school for its invasion of privacy.

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Feb 25 2014

Oregon Won’t Defend Marriage Ban

The state of Oregon has joined Virginia and Nevada in refusing to defend the constitutionality of its ban on same-sex marriage. In a filing with the U.S. District Court, Oregon’s attorney general and solicitor general told the court that they will continue to enforce the ban, but not defend it.

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Feb 25 2014

Toobin Embarrasses Himself on Thomas

One of the most absurd arguments used often to criticize Clarence Thomas is that he very rarely asks a question during oral argument, unlike his more loquacious colleagues. Jeffrey Toobin goes further than most, calling Thomas’ silence “disgraceful” and “embarrassing.”

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Feb 20 2014

Cruz on Obama’s ‘Attacks’ on ‘Traditional Marriage’

Sen. Ted Cruz has been making the rounds of the right wing fever swamps over the last few days, one far-right radio talk show after another. On Monday he was on David Barton’s Wallbuilders Live show spouting blatantly dishonest spin about Obama and marriage equality.

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Feb 20 2014

Massie Displays His Judicial Ignorance

Mychal Massie, one of the Worldnetdaily’s worst columnists (and imagine the competition for that title), has a column about how important it is for the next president, in his view, to be a Real True Conservative because they’ll likely have several Supreme Court appointments to make. Most of it is nonsense.

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Feb 19 2014

Snyder Responds to Equal Protection Case With Budget Numbers

Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan is defending a state law that forbids the state and all local governments (and public universities) from providing benefits to same-sex partners in a lawsuit and he’s responding to the equal protection arguments by saying that’s okay because it saves money.

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Feb 19 2014

VA Family Foundation on State’s Marriage Ban

The Family Foundation, Virginia’s resident anti-gay “pro-family” group, is verklempt over a federal judge overturning that state’s ban on same-sex marriage and they’re making some amusingly absurd arguments about it. Like they think it has something to do with Valentine’s Day.

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