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The evolution of a legal eagle

Robert R. Reilly | 24 April 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: Law, Proposition 8, same-sex parenting
The lawyer who defended California's Prop 8 and natural marriage has changed his mind. Why?


Have we lost our ability to disagree?

Sheila Liaugminas | 15 April 2014 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: Brendan Eich, civil discourse, human dignity, marriage law, Mozilla, Proposition 8


Tying Windsor’s knot

Dwight G. Duncan | 28 June 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: DOMA, Proposition 8, same-sex marriage, Supreme Court, US v. Windsor
Those states which do not recognise same-sex marriage will not be forced to do so after this week's decisions. But for how long?


Supreme Court marriage rulings shift American government tradition

Sheila Liaugminas | 28 June 2013 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: DOMA, gay marriage, Justice Anthony Kennedy, Justice Antonin Scalia, Justice Samuel Alito, Obama Father's Day speech, Proposition 8, Reagan Father's Day proclamation, Supreme Court marriage rulings, US Supreme Court
We have always been a nation whose government serves by the consent of the governed, with separate and enumerated powers, states’ rights, rule of law and all that. Things have been ‘evolving,' in popular parlance. With the Supreme Court rulings on marriage this week, we got a paradigm shift from self-government to ‘the tyranny of the majority,’ though that needs clarification to understand the meaning of “majority”, the way most of the language we’re using these days could benefit from clarification.


The trials of marriage

| 26 March 2013 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: Defense of Marriage Act, DOMA, French marriage demonstrations, March for Marriage, Proposition 8, same-sex marriage, Supreme Court hearing on marriage
The US Supreme Court hears opening arguments on same-sex marriage law Tuesday. It’s been on trial for years.


No standing: what marriage radicals really think of “the people”

Jennifer Roback Morse | 16 September 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: law, Proposition 8, same-sex marriage
Is it same-sex marriage rights they want, or a revolution in the American legal system?


Defenders of marriage are tolerant

Sheila Liaugminas | 29 September 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: Catholic bishops, Defense of Marriage Act, Proposition 8, traditional marriage
Again and again, California voters have had their voice and their vote on Proposition 8 rejected. Mostly by powerful homosexual marriage activists, judges and sympathizers. But the people who want their constitutionally expressed will to be legally established have tolerated the repeated necessity of fighting for it in court. The appeal is court again, and sympathizers of the voters have joined in.


Gay marriage on hold…again…for now

Sheila Liaugminas | 18 August 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: Ninth Circuit Court, Proposition 8, same-sex marriage
After declaring a California voter initiative wrongly passed because he disagreed with the citizens’ conclusion, Judge Vaughn Walker took it upon himself to declare anyone who disagreed with him ineligible to appeal to a higher court. Case closed, he thought. He was wrong.


Unhappy in California

Sheila Liaugminas | 13 August 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: common good, Proposition 8, same-sex marriage
No matter which way it goes with Proposition 8, in elections and court rulings, some group is going to be very upset. But after the latest decision Thursday, nobody’s happy. What’s going on in California?


Persons and acts and marriage

Sheila Liaugminas | 12 August 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: dualism, marriage law, Proposition 8
At the absolute core of arguments over abortion and same-sex marriage, at the heart of the matter before other points of contention are made one way or the other…..is the presumption that we either have person/body dualism or we do not. Philosophers and scholars and other intellectuals have been debating that point for a very long time. But with laws changing the way they are, it’s time to move it front and center.


Prop 8 judge displays ignorance of marriage

Jennifer Roback Morse | 07 August 2010 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: Proposition 8, same-sex marriage, U S Constitution
Dr Jennifer Roback Morse, Foundress and President of the Ruth Institute, laments the overturn of Proposition 8 by Judge Vaughn Walker, who is widely reported to be g*y.


Fashioning a constitutional right to gay marriage

Dwight G. Duncan | 07 August 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: Proposition 8, same-sex marriage, U S Constitution
Judge Walker wrote a firewall opinion: no matter what judicial standard applied, gays would always win.


Flawed evidence about gay marriage

Walter R. Schumm | 06 August 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: homosexuality, Proposition 8, same-sex marriage
The evidence shows that gay marriage is equal to or better than traditional marriage, according to a Federal Court judge. But what sort of evidence?


Marriage on trial

Sheila Liaugminas | 17 June 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: Judeo-Christian ethics, Proposition 8, traditional marriage
Sometimes, the Proposition 8 battle seems surreal. But then, so do other serious, emotional and intense conflicts playing out in the nation’s courts and city halls and classrooms and media, over what we knew not long ago as core Judeo-Christian traditional values.


Bias from the bench

Brian S Brown | 10 February 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: justice, Proposition 8, same-sex marriage
Proposition 8 appeal judge Vaughn Walker seems to have had one goal: to generate sympathy for gay marriage supporters.


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