Category Archives: Supreme Court Issues

North Carolina Republicans To Challenge Voter Registrations Of Students At Black University

This is how Republicans are trying to win elections. The Watauga County Board of Elections voted Monday to eliminate an early voting site and election-day polling precinct on the campus of Appalachian State University. The Pasquotank County Board of Elections … Continue reading

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A Qualified Victory In The Supreme Court: DOMA and Prop 8

I spent most of the past two days either in transit or kept busy and away from the internet, which proves to be lousy timing, as I’ve been unable to post about either the SCOTUS’s heartbreaking evisceration of the Voting … Continue reading

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Oral Arguments In Windsor: DOMA May Be Toast

Audio is here, and the transcript is here (in pdf form). From Lyle Denniston at SCOTUSblog: If the Supreme Court can find its way through a dense procedural thicket, and confront the constitutionality of the federal law that defined marriage … Continue reading

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SCOTUSblog Predicts A Modest Victory For Prop 8 Opponents In The Supreme Court

UPDATE: Towelroad has an audio recording of today’s oral arguments, and also a transcript. Tom Goldstein of the highly respected SCOTUSblog was in the audience for the Supreme Court’s oral arguments today in the Proposition 8 case, and came away … Continue reading

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Olson and Boies’ Supreme Court brief against Prop 8

For discussion, I’m posting the entire introduction to Olson and Boies’ Supreme Court brief, which is excellent. I especially like, and agree with, their point that it is the opponents of marriage equality who are “redefining marriage” with their “cramped … Continue reading

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Excellent article on the “standing” issues in the two same-sex marriage cases

Linda Greenhouse, the amazingly good Supreme Court reporter, has a detailed explanation of what the “standing” issues in the two same-sex marriage cases are. If you’ve been confused on this question, I highly recommend reading her article.

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Postscript Regarding Employers Trying To Use Health Insurance To Force Their Beliefs on Employees

Back in March, I argued that employers don’t have any moral right to prevent workers from using employer-provided insurance to buy birth control, any more than employers have the right to prevent workers from using employer-provided paychecks to buy birth … Continue reading

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Another Federal Appeals Court Casts A Cold Eye On DOMA

The second circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that section three of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”), which says that the Federal government will not recognize any same-sex marriage regardless of state law, “violates equal protection” and is therefore … Continue reading

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Smart People Saying Smart Things About The Abigail Fisher Affirmative Action Case

Today, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Fisher v University of Texas (pdf link). Although a surprise decision is always possible, it appears likely that the conservative majority will use this case to ban race-based affirmative action in college … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act

Still not much time for posting, but I do want to point out that — much to my surprise — the Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act, with Roberts voting with the four relatively liberal Justices, and Kennedy … Continue reading

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