Same-sex marriage

  • April 28, 2015

    by Caroline Cox

    Today, the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in the same-sex marriage cases. In The New York Times, Joseph Landau explains why Chief Justice John Roberts may support same-sex marriage and argues that it “would actually be the more prudent and moderate path.”

    David G. Savage discusses in the Los Angeles Times how Justice Anthony Kennedy is “poised to be the crucial vote in deciding whether gay marriage will be a constitutional right nationwide.”

    At Bloomberg View, Noah Feldman argues that while Justice Kennedy may not clearly show his hand today, the Supreme Court will rule in favor of same-sex marriage.

    Richard Wolf of USA Today profiles Mary Bonauto, a key player in the legal fight for marriage equality and the lawyer who will argue for same-sex marriage before the Supreme Court.

    David A. Gans writes at the Constitutional Accountability Center’s Text & History Blog that a new bill in Congress seeks to strip federal courts of the ability to hear any cases pertaining to marriage, which would challenge “key aspects of our constitutional structure.”

  • April 27, 2015

    by Caroline Cox

    On Friday, April 24, ACS hosted a panel discussion on the marriage equality cases. Warren Richey of The Christian Science Monitor discusses whether the Supreme Court will issue a landmark decision on the cases in June, and references Paul Smith’s comments from the panel. Michael Doyle of McClatchy quotes Steve Sanders from the panel in a preview of the oral arguments.

    Tom Watts of the Harvard Law & Policy Review previews the same-sex marriage oral arguments scheduled to be heard by the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

    In the Huffington Post, Geoffrey R. Stone examines the historical arc of the fight for gay rights and the future of same-sex marriage in the United States.

    At SCOTUSblog, Lyle Denniston considers the decisive questions of the same-sex marriage cases before the Supreme Court.

    Nina Totenberg considers at NPR the Justices’ previous comments and opinions related to same-sex marriage.  

    In The New York Times, Sheryl Gay Stolberg discusses on how Jim Obergefell, one of the plaintiffs in the challenge to Ohio’s marriage law, shows “how far the gay rights movement has come in one of the most traditionally conservative corners of the Midwest.”

    Alan B. Morrison, faculty advisor to the ACS Student Chapter at George Washington University Law School, argues at the Huffington Post that the proposed nuclear weapons deal with Iran is fair to both Congress and the President.

  • April 24, 2015

    by Caroline Cox

    The Editorial Board of The Washington Post remarks on the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as the next attorney general, calling the vote “embarrassing not to Ms. Lynch, who clearly deserved confirmation, but to the Republicans who voted against a nominee who should have breezed through.”

    Tom Donnelly explains at Slate how the history behind the drafting of the Fourteenth Amendment created the conditions necessary for modern marriage equality.

    At The New Republic, Brianne J. Gorod uses previous decisions of the Supreme Court to show that state bans on same-sex marriage cannot trump the protections found in the U.S. Constitution.

    Lawrence Hurley discusses at Reuters how the United States’ biggest financial firms have clearly sided with marriage equality “by urging the court to strike down state laws banning same-sex unions.”

    In The New York Times, Jonathan Sherman urges the Court to end its ban on cameras during oral arguments.  

  • April 21, 2015

    by Caroline Cox

    Jess Bravin reports in The Wall Street Journal that the Supreme Court has revived a challenge to North Carolina’s election map based on the argument that it “illegally concentrates black voters in a handful of districts.”

    Nina Totenberg profiles for NPR the “accidental activists” of the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage arguments.

    In a new podcast at Slate, Dahlia Lithwick discusses the balance of political and psychological  motivations on the Supreme Court with Adam Liptak and Eric Segall.

    Leslie Griffin criticizes at Hamilton and Griffin on Rights the recent decision by Justice Samuel Alito to stay a lower court decision that refused to grant an exemption to Catholic officials from filling out a form saying they would not provide employees with contraceptive coverage.

    Matt Ford of The Atlantic explains how the death penalty is becoming less common and public support for the practice is on the decline.

  • April 17, 2015

    by Caroline Cox

    At Slate, Cristian Farias argues that the Supreme Court ruling in Heien v. North Carolina has set the stage for more incidents like the Walter Scott shooting.

    At the Text & History Blog of the Constitutional Accountability Center, David H. Gans rebuts the argument that conservatives have been bullied in the same-sex marriage cases.

    Stacy Seicshnaydre in the Huffington Post urges the Supreme Court to uphold the disparate impact cause of action available under the Fair Housing Act.

    In The New York Times, ACS Board of Directors member Linda Greenhouse considers Justice John Paul Stevens life at the Supreme Court in light of his upcoming ninety-fifth birthday.

    Cameron Miculka writes in the Guam Pacific Daily News about the community reaction to the Guam attorney general’s decision to issue same-sex marriage licenses in the territory.

    Dan Morse and Robert Barnes report in The Washington Post on Chief Justice John Roberts’ appearance for jury duty in a Maryland court this week.