After reading through some of the recaps of the oral arguments at SCOTUS yesterday in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius, it appears that some of the justices, and perhaps a majority, are willing to allow private religious objections to trump the laws, regulations, and ordinances enacted by local, state, and federal governments. Just so that no one is surprised later, I thought I’d lay out some of my strongly held religious beliefs now.
|By: Alvin McEwen Tuesday March 25, 2014 6:12 pm|
University of Texas (Austin) professor Mark Regnerus and all of the other so-called experts called by the state of Michigan to defend its ban on marriage equality was humiliated during the judicial overturning of that law but I wouldn’t worry about their feelings.
As it turns out, they were all well compensated.
|By: Alvin McEwen Monday March 24, 2014 3:10 pm|
In striking down the Michigan law against marriage equality, US District Judge Bernard Freeman actually handed the LGBT community two victories.
|By: Peterr Saturday March 22, 2014 9:05 am|
As I’ve watched the series of marriage equality cases move forward, I’m struck by how each ruling has its own flavor. Mark Cady in Iowa wrote movingly about the illogic of restricting marriage while proclaiming equal protection. Vaughn Walker in California was meticulous in getting facts into the record and weaving together the legal logic to take down Prop 8. Arenda Wright Allen in Virginia was powerful in her use of Loving v Virginia to lift up the role of the courts to forge justice “from fires of indignities and prejudices suffered”. Now comes Judge Bernard Friedman of the US Southern District of Michigan, who brought a sense of wit and sarcasm to bear on the target-rich environment of those opposed to marriage equality in the case of Deboer v Snyder.
It’s not just the ruling striking down Michigan’s Marriage Amendment [MMA] that makes me happy, but the withering way in which Friedman took on the arguments presented by the defendants. . .
|By: DSWright Tuesday March 11, 2014 1:20 pm|
According to 2004 testimony from then Coordinator for Center For Judicial Accountability Elena Sassower before the New York State Senate Judiciary Committee, Smith made inappropriate contributions to Governor George Pataki. Contributions close to $500,000. The contributions came from Smith and his wife over a period of years.
|By: Alvin McEwen Thursday March 6, 2014 10:57 am|
To say that things don’t look good for discredited University of Texas professor Mark Regnerus would be an understatement. Apparently the paradox of your own university denouncing your work while at the same time you are testifying in a trial as an “expert witness” seems to be an angle which has the media humming.
|By: DSWright Monday March 3, 2014 11:28 am|
Over the weekend one of the Christian right’s most public defenders, Ross Douthat, essentially threw in the towel in opposing gay rights. In one of his regular columns for the paper of record titled The Terms of Our Surrender Douthat not only conceded that the “religious liberty” argument put forth by other pundits was doomed, [...]
|By: Peterr Saturday February 15, 2014 9:05 am|
The push toward full marriage equality took another big step forward in Virginia on Thursday evening, just in time to make Valentine’s Day that much more happy for LGBTs and their allies. In a very readable, very well-written 41 page opinion, US District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen (Eastern District of Virginia) struck down Virginia’s prohibition on same sex couples getting married in Virginia and those who were married elsewhere having their marriages recognized within the state.
The whole thing is great, but the very best parts of her opinion were in the footnotes . . .
|By: Peterr Saturday February 8, 2014 9:06 am|
After the Supreme Court struck down DOMA in US v Windsor, same sex couples in states like Missouri that discriminate against them are treading through a maze of conflicting state and federal laws and regulations. In Missouri, Gov. Jay Nixon has issued an executive order to cut through this mess with respect to filing state taxes, and the Missouri GOP has reacted in very predictable ways.
Can you say “articles of impeachment”? Sure you can.
|By: Elliott Sunday January 12, 2014 2:34 pm|
A notable and particularly heartwarming speech was given by Riley Hackford-Peer in support of his two parents.