A federal appeals court ruling on Thursday most likely means the Supreme Court will take up the same-sex marriage issue again in another landmark decision. Here’s how the courts have forced the issue and a look at the probable next steps.
In honor of Veterans Day, the National Constitution Center will honor the dedication and sacrifices of the brave men and women who have answered the Constitution’s call to “provide for the common defense.”
Lyle Denniston, our constitutional literacy adviser, looks at the chain of events that led to Thursday’s Sixth Circuit federal appeals court ruling, which almost certainly sends the legality of same-sex marriages back to the Supreme Court in the near future.
On November 8, 1960, John F. Kennedy was elected President of the United States in a bitter contest against the incumbent Vice President, Richard Nixon. It was one of the closest elections in American history, and some people still doubt its outcome.
Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, is joined by Eugene Kontorovich of Northwestern and Mike Ramsey from the University of San Diego to discuss a big Supreme Court case over the use of the word “Israel” on a passport.
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s adviser on constitutional literacy, examines the potential for gridlock over a Supreme Court nomination, should such a vacancy occur over the next two years.
On November 6, 1860, voters in the United States went to the polls in an election that ended with Abraham Lincoln as President, in an act that that led to the Civil War. But Lincoln’s actual victory didn’t happen on that day, and his victory wasn’t assured for months.
On November 5, 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt won a third term in office—an unprecedented act that would be barred by a constitutional amendment a decade later.
In three closely watched state referendums on Tuesday, two states passed expanded right to hunt provisions as state constitutional amendments, while Maine will apparently keep its bear-hunting policy.
Alaska and Oregon approved referendums on Tuesday to legalize recreational marijuana, but it could be a similar measure passed in the District of Columbia that triggers a public fight with Congress.