Feb 13

“What’s the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court?” + 6 other questions about federal courts



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Last week the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals made headlines with its ruling that striking down Prop 8, the voter-approved measure banning same-sex marriage in California.



Feb 10

This week and the Constitution: Gay marriage, relevance and killer whales



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Here’s a brief look at the top constitutional news stories and commentaries from this week.



Feb 9

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.



Feb 7

California’s gay marriage ban nullified



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In a historic ruling, but one that the judges insisted was narrow in scope, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday nullified California’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples, finding “Proposition 8” amounted to a form of unconstitutional discrimination against a “disfavored” group.



Jun 27

After New York: where same-sex marriage is headed



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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.