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2011-2012 Supreme Court Term: Decision in Coleman v. Court of Appeals of Maryland

March 21, 2012

Yesterday the Supreme Court issued its decision in Coleman v. Court of Appeals of Maryland, No. 10-1016.   By a vote of 5-4, the Court ruled that the doctrine of "state sovereign immunity" applied in this case, ending Coleman's lawsuit against the State of Maryland.

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Family Values, Economics, and the Red State / Blue State Divide on Constitutional Interpretation

October 2, 2011

Differences over the interpretation of the Constitution often reflect underlying economic differences.  In particular, differences in income and education affect attitudes about marriage, divorce, contraception, abortion, women's rights, and same-sex marriage.

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2010-2011 Supreme Court Term: Decision in Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association

June 28, 2011

Yesterday the Supreme Court released its decision in Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association.  The Court struck down a California law that made it illegal for merchants to sell violent video games to children.  The Court found that this law violates the First Amendment.

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Same-Sex Marriage After New York

June 26, 2011

Now that New York has legalized same-sex marriage for residents and non-residents alike, the political and legal landscape for same-sex marriage has been dramatically altered.

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Ted Olson and Eric Schneiderman on Marriage Equality

May 18, 2011

Theodore Olson (former Soliciter General under President George W. Bush) and Eric Schneiderman (Attorney General of New York) have authored an editorial in the New York Daily News calling upon the State of New York to extend marriage equality to gay and lesbian couples.

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Ron Paul's Position: Against Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Against Segregation Laws

May 14, 2011

Ron Paul announced yesterday that he would have voted against the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 and that he would voted against state laws requiring segregation of the races.  Consistent with his libertarian principles, Paul elevates property rights to a preferred position under the Constitution.

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Ocean Levels May Rise Five Feet in This Century

May 4, 2011

Karl Ritter and Charles Hanley of the Associated Press report on a study issued by the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program.

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Support for Same-Sex Marriage Increasing in New York State

April 23, 2011

Michael Gormley of the Associated Press in an article Renewed fight for gay marriage in NY hits suburbs cites polls that support the current effort in New York State to enact legislation recognizing equal marriage rights for gays and lesbians.

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Supreme Court Decides Snyder v. Phelps, Military Protester Funeral Case

March 2, 2011

     The Supreme Court issued its decision in Snyder v. Phelps this morning.   Here is a brief summary of the decision.

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Do Workers Have a Fundamental Right to Bargain Collectively?

February 26, 2011

A previous post by Lynn Lenart Ohio Senate Bill 5 abolishing state collective bargaining rights implicitly raises a compelling question: does the Constitution protect the right of workers to bargain collectively?  Two decisions of the United States Supreme Court that were handed down within two weeks of each other in 1937 other bear upon this [...]

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Attorney General Letter on DOMA

February 25, 2011

Attorney General Eric Holder has sent a letter notifying Congress that the administration now believes that Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act – the law that prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages – is unconstitutional.

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The Effect of Hispanic Demographic Growth on the Interpretation of the Constitution

February 24, 2011

Will the dramatic growth of the Hispanic population in the United States affect the interpretation of the Constitution?

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