This spring, the U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear two cases that touch on questions of the constitutionality of same-sex marriage. In Hollingsworth v. Perry, scheduled for argument on March 26, the court will determine whether the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment precludes the state of California from defining marriage as a […]
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Lyle Denniston looks at President Barack Obama’s historic discussion of gay rights in his inaugural address, and its constitutional significance. The statement at issue: “We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths – that all of us are created equal – is the star that guides us still, just as it guided […]
In the current intense debate over the fiscal cliff, even President Barack Obama and the Republicans agree that invoking the 14th Amendment as a debt-ceiling weapon is out of bounds. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be used as a nuclear tactic.
Philadelphia has been abuzz for the past five days after a high school student claimed she was harassed by a public school teacher for wearing a Mitt Romney T-shirt to school. But what is the bigger constitutional lesson?
Next Wednesday, the state of Pennsylvania is scheduled to a man convicted of first degree murder. At its heart, the case is about the function of clemency in the American prison system and a debate that goes back to the Colonial era.