Overruling Marriage Equality Will Come With a Cost, Warns Arkansas Judge

By: Saturday May 10, 2014 9:16 am

Arkansas Circuit Court Judge Christopher Charles Piazza struck down Amendment 83 to the Arkansas state constitution and a parallel state law known as Act 144 of 1997 which limit marriage to opposite-sex couples. Piazza, like the judges who have similarly ruled in courts around the country, brings his own style to his ruling — in his case, it’s the very pragmatic and practical language of a judge on the front lines of the state judicial system. Piazza not only rules on the case before him, but notes for the sake of the judges that will look at his ruling on appeal that should they choose to overrule him, that will come with a cost. A very steep, very personal cost.

 

Lame Madisons

By: Thursday August 5, 2010 1:30 am

In the 19th Century the Republicans passed three Constitutional Amendments that are their greatest legislative legacy — naturally, modern Republicans want to undue them — and preserve the Bush tax cuts.

Taking the Tenth: Will Decision Invalidating DOMA Section 3 Survive Appeal? Should It?

By: Friday July 9, 2010 6:50 am

If the Obama Administration’s Justice Department declined to appeal the ruling, the point would be moot and the ruling would stand. Lawyers for the plaintiffs expect an appeal, however, which would go to the 1st Circuit Court, and then potentially the Supreme Court.

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