The evolution of a legal eagle
The lawyer who defended California's Prop 8 and natural marriage has changed his mind. Why?
Have we lost our ability to disagree?
| 15 April 2014 | SHEILA REPORTS |
Tying Windsor’s knot
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
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 |
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”
Is it same-sex marriage rights they want, or a revolution in the American legal system?
Defenders of marriage are tolerant
| 29 September 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |
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
| 18 August 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |
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
| 13 August 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |
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
| 12 August 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |
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
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
Judge Walker wrote a firewall opinion: no matter what judicial standard applied, gays would always win.
Flawed evidence about gay 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
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 |
Proposition 8 appeal judge Vaughn Walker seems to have had one goal: to generate sympathy for gay marriage supporters.
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