When Texas governor Rick Perry suggested earlier this year that his state might consider seceding from the Union, it was greeted as the persistent echo of the Southern Confederacy. So I was surprised when, vacationing in Vermont last month, I listened to a local political activist there make his case for the Green Mountain State, […]
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Of Reality Shows, Polygamy, Sodomy and the Constitution When, in 2003, the Supreme Court ruled that intimate, consensual sexual activities were protected by the the due process clause of the 14th amendment, invalidating a Texas law prohibiting sodomy, Justice Antonin Scalia, in dissent, wrote that if legislatures were now to be banned from enacting laws […]
With New York’s legalization of same-sex marriage last Friday, much still depends upon what happens in the largest state — California. There the U.S. Constitution will be the decision maker.
For the first time since it began tracking the issue, the Gallup Poll has found that a majority (53%) of Americans now support same sex marriage. The poll shows a dramatic shift from fifteen years ago, when two-thirds were in opposition. The change, which demonstrated a nine percent gain in support over last year, was, […]
What does the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment mean, and should it be interpreted to protect gays and lesbians from discrimination, as it protects African-Americans, ethnic minorities and women?