Jan 30

Constitution Check: Is the Religious Freedom Restoration Act unconstitutional?



Posted 2 months, 20 days ago.

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Lyle Denniston looks at a claim that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act is actually a law that advocates the establishment of religion and is unconstitutional.



Jan 28

Taking religious claims seriously



Posted 2 months, 22 days ago.

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Lyle Denniston says an order that the Supreme Court issued late last week in a case involving a Roman Catholic order of nuns suggests that the claim has already found some sympathy among the Justices.



Jan 23

Constitution Check: Has the Supreme Court already settled the fate of gay marriage bans?



Posted 2 months, 27 days ago.

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Lyle Denniston says the question of the correct constitutional standard about same-sex marriage is going to reach the Supreme Court in a way that can no longer be avoided



Jan 21

Constitution Check: Would a “public advocate” on spying be unconstitutional?



Posted 2 months, 29 days ago.

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Lyle Denniston looks at the constitutional uncertainty over President Obama’s request for a panel of advocates to appear in front of a secret government court that approves NSA requests to spy on Americans and others.



Jan 14

Constitution Check: Can the federal government decide who is legally married?



Posted 3 months, 6 days ago.

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Lyle Denniston says it is by no means clear that a state can wipe out already performed same-sex marriages that occurred within a window of opportunity when a state ban was not in effect.