Tag Archives: SCOTUS

KENTUCKY: Liberty Counsel Tells Court That Clerk Is A “Conscientious Objector”

The Liberty Counsel yesterday filed a motion in the ACLU’s lawsuit against four-times-married Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis in which they characterize her as being similar to an anti-war conscientious objector. “Like a noncombatant who cannot shoulder a rifle, a county clerk who cannot issue” same-sex licenses “can still faithfully and devotedly serve this country, and their county,” lawyers for …

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ALABAMA: SPLC Updates Complaint That Roy Moore Has Violated Judicial Ethics

AL.com reports: In its filing today, SPLC says Moore has committed new ethics violations by improperly commenting on pending or impending cases in numerous speeches and interviews; by suggesting that Supreme Court precedent need not be followed; and by announcing that he would recuse himself from cases rather than apply precedents with which he disagreed. The SPLC also contends Moore’s …

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MICHIGAN: Marriage Attorneys Petition State For $2 Million In Compensation

Via Detroit’s ABC affiliate: The six lawyers who worked on the case against Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage are asking for nearly $2 million from the state to cover some of their fees. In all, the six attorneys – Carole Stanyar, Dana Nessel, Kenneth Mogill, Robert Sedler, Mary Bonauto and Vickie Henry – said the total calculation came to $1,927,450 …

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TRAILER: History In The Making

Clip recap: This feature-length documentary, History In The Making: The Marriage Equality New York Archives 2007-2015, follows an all-grassroots organization, Marriage Equality New York (or MENY) from the NYC streets to Albany and eventually to the Supreme Court. Directed & edited by Fred Anguera. Filmed by Cristina Wolff, Rob Martin, Reed Davis, Fred Anguera, Emmanuel Migrino, Carmine Nicholas Tzavis. Appearances …

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Rick Santorum: I Regret That I Ever Said That “Man On Dog” Thing About Gays

Last night Rick Santorum sat down for a rare and lengthy interview with Rachel Maddow. Raw Story zeroes in on the SCOTUS portion: MSNBC host Rachel Maddow shot down Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum on Wednesday when he tried to argue that Congress could overturn the Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing marriage equality. “You’re fundamentally wrong on civics,” Maddow said. “If …

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Ted Cruz Convenes Senate Hearing On “SCOTUS Activism” – Calls Hate Group Leader John Eastman As Witness

Yesterday Ted Cruz convened a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Oversight, which he chairs, in order to call for reining in the “judicial tyranny” of the Supreme Court. One of the three witnesses he called was NOM chairman John Eastman. MSNBC reports: Eastman agreed with Cruz’s proposals on judicial term limits and retention elections, but added one more …

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Quote Of The Day – Jim Obergefell

“I would like future law students to know that my case as well as the cases of the other plaintiffs that really it was about love. Telling our government that our love is just as worthy as any other love. The fact that standing up for that love led to such a momentous change proves that it’s a very powerful …

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Brian Brown: We Can Still Undo This

Via press release from NOM: Brian Brown, President of the National Organization for Marriage, recently joined Republican presidential candidates and conservative luminaries in addressing the 2,500 activists who attended the FAMiLY LEADER’s Family Leadership Summit, which NOM was proud to co-sponsor. In his interview, Brown discussed the Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision, and counseled conservatives on what to do next. “We …

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Desperation Move By Janet Porter

Via Right Wing Watch: Faith 2 Action’s Janet Porter is currently leading an effort to pressure Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine “to file a Motion to Rehear Obergefell v. Hodges” with the Supreme Court, so that the recently decided gay marriage case can be reargued, this time without the participation of Justices Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whom Porter …

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Headline Of The Day

Anti-gay nutter Ryan Sorba writes for BarbWire: The U.S. Supreme Court “same-sex marriage” fight is not completely over. According to the Court’s published rules, within 25 days of a ruling, a party can ask the Court for a rehearing if there are pertinent issues meriting appeal. The 25 day period to file for a rehearing expires on Tuesday, July 21. …

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Marriage Support Drops Post-Obergefell

The Associated Press reports that support for same-sex marriage has dropped six points since the Obergefell ruling. The poll was conducted July 9 to July 13, less than three weeks after the Supreme Court ruled states cannot ban same-sex marriage. According to the poll, 42 percent support same-sex marriage and 40 percent oppose it. The percentage saying they favor legal …

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Marco Rubio: We Need More Scalias

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Justice Anthony Kennedy Compares Marriage Uproar To Flag Burning Ruling

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy yesterday compared to the right wing uproar to his Obergefell opinion to the public outcry which followed the court’s ruling that flag burning is a form of free speech.  Kennedy, who was the deciding vote in both cases, described how the reaction decades ago was critical at first but changed over time. His remarks at …

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Ryan T. Anderson: The Book

The new book by Heritage Foundation spokes-hater Ryan T. Anderson has launched on Amazon. From the product recap: Attacks on religious liberty–predicated on the bogus equation of opposition to same-sex marriage with racism–have already begun, and modest efforts in Indiana and other states to protect believers’ rights have met with hysterics from media and corporate elites. Anderson tells the stories …

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Kentucky Clerk: Following The Law Is A Violation Of My Christian Rights

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has told Casey County Clerk Casey Davis to resign or do his job. Another Kentucky clerk, Rowan County’s Kim Davis, is being sued by the ACLU. All of Kentucky’s renegade clerks face being jailed for contempt of court if they continue to defy SCOTUS. The clerks in Kentucky are elected and can only be removed by …

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Rick Santorum: We Need A Federal Constitutional Ban On Gay Marriage

Via Bloomberg: Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said Monday he wants a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between a man and a woman in all 50 states, less than three weeks after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. “I believe we need a national standard for marriage. I don’t think we can have a standard from one state …

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Mat Staver: Obergefell Requires Christians To Rip Pages Out Of Their Bibles

“There is existing precedent for a state’s highest court to reject an unlawful mandate from the U.S. Supreme Court. The hope of our Constitutional Republic rests upon state officials and American citizens who will refuse to allow five, black-robed judges to rob us of our free, representative form of government. A judicial opinion without constitutional basis is not law and …

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Attorney General Loretta Lynch Announces Full Federal Marriage Benefits Nationwide

“Following the Supreme Court’s historic decision in Obergefell that every couple has the same right to participate in the institution of marriage, whether the partners are of the same-sex or opposite sexes, I directed Justice Department staff to work with the agencies to ensure that the ruling be given full effect across the federal government. Thanks to their leadership and …

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ALABAMA: Liberty Counsel Advises State Supreme Court On Defying Obergefell

Via Lyle Denniston at SCOTUSblog: Asked by the Alabama Supreme Court for advice on what to do next on same-sex marriage, two conservative advocacy groups in the state have urged both direct and indirect resistance to the Supreme Court’s ruling mandating a constitutional right for gays and lesbians to wed. The state court, the groups argued, has the constitutional power …

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KANSAS: Gov. Sam Brownback Issues Executive Order On Religious Freedom

Today in wingnut grandstanding: Gov. Sam Brownback issued an executive order Tuesday prohibiting state government from taking “discriminatory action” against a clergy member or religious organization that “chooses not to participate in a marriage that is inconsistent with its sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction that marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and …

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