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Constitution Check: Does the Constitution protect private moral convictions?

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From the very founding of the Nation, the Constitution has been understood to protect private religious beliefs from government intrusion. The same is not true for private moral values or convictions.

Tags: Affordable Care Act Blunt Amendment Equal Protection Clause religious freedom Sandra Day O'Connor Sen. Roy Blunt

Constitution Check: Does mandated birth control insurance violate religious freedom?

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President Obama and his aides are continuing to struggle over ways to avoid violations of religious doctrine (mainly, Roman Catholic dogma) as they move to implement a provision in the new federal health care law requiring health insurance coverage of birth control for employees.

Tags: Barack Obama Becket Fund for Religious Liberty Church and State John Boehner Roman Catholic Church

Constitution Check: Do gay couples now have a constitutional right to get married?

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The language of rights, and especially of constitutional rights, is sometimes not used with precision. More can be claimed by a simple suggestion that rights exist than is, in fact, true.

Tags: David Boies Edmund G. Brown Jr. Perry v. Brown Proposition 8

Constitution Check: Should the people be able to veto Supreme Court decisions?

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Aside from the sometimes heated rhetoric recently in the Republican presidential race about “dictatorial” judges, there is an ongoing, civil discourse about various ways to ensure that the Supreme Court does not have the last word on the Constitution’s meaning.

Tags: Bruce Ackerman Larry Kramer Mark Tushnet Theodore Roosevelt

Constitution Check: When the Internet went dark, what was the constitutional meaning?

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In an awesome display of Digital Age political power, the shuttering of major parts of the Internet in protest on January 18 had an almost instant impact in Congress, stopping in its tracks a strong push to pass new laws to shut down websites suspected of stealing copyrighted movies, music and books.

Tags: Eldred v. Ashcroft Golan v. Holder Rebecca MacKinnon Stop Online Piracy Act