Wednesday, July 15, 2015

"Religious Liberty" Discrimination Cases -- What If a Business's Conduct Is Speech?

Our conduct must conform to the dictates of the law, but we cannot be punished for exercising our right to freedom of expression. What if our conduct is expressive? How do these principles apply in situations where businesses have religious objections to same-sex marriage?

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Obergefell Verses the Dissenters

Roberts just loves democracy,
So long as it works to keep him free.
Scalia now thinks gays are lovely
Forget his rants on sodomy.

Thomas thinks that slavery
Did not rob blacks of dignity.
And Alito delivers a homily
On the way marriage used to be.

Is their opposition due
To fears that they might be gay too?
To those who worry this might be true,
I'm afraid I have some news for you!

Or is it based on gender role?
Men sweat but women glow?
Is it a matter of control?
Man on top, woman below.

Will these dissenters consecrate
A desire to discriminate?
Do they dare insinuate
That Jesus taught us how to hate?

The Constitution's polity
Guarantees our liberty.
Obergefell's finality
Establishes equality.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Responding to Chief Justice Roberts' Dissent in Obergefell

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote a thunderous dissenting opinion in the same-sex marriage case, Obergefell v. Hodges. Here is my response.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Summary of the Supreme Court's Decision in King v. Burwell

In King v. Burwell a majority of the Supreme Court interpreted the Affordable Care Act to mean that tax credit subsidies for the purchase of health insurance are available to citizens of all the states. And the majority of the Court squarely ruled that in the interpretation of statutes judges are not supposed to determine what they think the meaning of a statute is; rather, judges are supposed to determine what the legislature meant when it enacted a statute.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Summary of Oral Argument in Obergefell v. Hodges

This entry describes the arguments that were made during the first part of oral argument in Obergefell v. Hodges, the same-sex marriage case that was argued before the Supreme Court on Tuesday, April 28, 2015.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Summary of Oral Argument in King v. Burwell

It is expected that the Supreme Court will soon render its decision in King v. Burwell, the Affordable Care Act case. This blog entry summarizes the arguments that the parties and the justices discussed during oral argument, which occurred on March 4.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

The Confederate Flag Is Not a Symbol of Respect for One's Ancestors - It Is a Symbol of Hatred

The Confederate flag is usually defended as a symbol of respect for one's ancestors - for the courage and fortitude of the people who endured the Civil War in the South. It is not. It is instead a symbol of a political, military, and terrorist movement whose purpose was to preserve and promote slavery, segregation, race hatred, and White Supremacy.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Supreme Court's Decision in Kerry v. Din

This entry summarizes the ruling of the Supreme Court in Kerry v. Din, which was decided by the Supreme Court on June 15, 2015.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Fifth Circuit's Ruling on Standing in Mississippi DACA Case -- Implications for Texas DAPA Case

On Tuesday a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed a decision of a District Court finding that the State of Mississippi lacks standing to challenge President' Obama's "DACA" immigration policy -- the policy that defers deportation of persons brought to this country as children. What does this mean for the decision of a Texas federal district court that found that the State of Texas and other states have standing to challenge the President's DAPA immigration policy -- the policy that defers deportation for four million more undocumented aliens?

Monday, April 6, 2015

How Will the "Religious Liberty" Laws Affect the Supreme Court's Decision on Same-Sex Marriage?

The four conservatives on the Supreme Court have repeatedly argued that opposition to same-sex marriage is not based on hatred but rather on traditional morality and religious belief, and that these are sufficient grounds upon which to deny same-sex couples the right to marry. Will the furor over "religious liberty" laws that would have legalized discrimination against same-sex couples change their minds?