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What the Supreme Court did (and didn’t do) to religious freedom last week

Dwight G. Duncan | 08 July 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: Hobby Lobby, Obamacare, US Supreme Court
It's hardly a threat to civil liberties.


Why Hobby Lobby is not about women’s health

Nicole M. King | 04 July 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: contraception, health insurance plans, Obamacare, SCOTUS, US Supreme Court
Health insurance shouldn't revolve around sexual behavior and reproductive capacity.


Supreme Court rules on prayer before public meetings

Sheila Liaugminas | 06 May 2014 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: free exercise of religion, Greece v. Galloway, Hosanna-Tabor, public prayer, religious liberty, US Supreme Court


On birth control women do not speak with one voice

Carolyn Moynihan | 01 April 2014 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: contraceptive mandate, US Supreme Court, Women Speak for Themselves


US v. Windsor: a pit stop, not the finish line

James S. Cole | 01 July 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: same-sex marriage, US Supreme Court, US v. Windsor
The murky reasoning of the Supreme Court suggests that it is searching for reasons to justify imposing "gay marriage" on states which have not already legalized it.


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.


A clear and present danger for the Boy Scouts

Philip Sutton | 28 March 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: Boy Scouts, homosexuality, US Supreme Court
An organisation which emphasises strength and purity of character has every right to exclude gays and lesbians as leaders.


The shaky science behind same-sex marriage

Institute for Marriage and Public Policy , Harvey C. Mansfield and Leon R. Kass | 26 March 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: same-sex marriage, same-sex parenting, US Supreme Court
The case rests squarely on sociology and psychology. How reliable can this be, ask two distinguished scholars.


40 years after Roe v Wade, a deadly stalemate

G. Tracy Mehan III | 22 January 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: abortion, Roe v. Wade, US Supreme Court
Despite recent state restrictions and a growth in pro-life sentiment, more than a million lives are lost to abortion each year in the US.


When a state government refuses to defend its marriage laws

James S. Cole | 20 January 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: California, same-sex marriage, US Supreme Court
A crucial case before the US Supreme Court will determine whether sovereignty lies in the hand of the people or judges.


“Gay marriage”, courts and the executive power

James S. Cole | 03 January 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: Defense of Marriage Act, same-sex marriage, US Supreme Court
Two cases before the US Supreme Court could be used to hand more power to the White House.


How can US Federal Courts tell States how to run their prisons?

James S. Cole | 09 June 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: California, prisons, US Supreme Court
The US Supreme Court recently ordered California to reduce the numbers in its over-crowded prisons. Has it overstepped its authority?


Sense and sensitivity: when a cross causes offence

Joe Infranco | 14 January 2011 | FEATURES |  
tags: ACLU, Constitution, cross, US Supreme Court
Will the offended few have their way over a long-standing tradition of memorials to the dead?


Why Is the Supreme Court supreme?

Thomas C. Reeves | 05 July 2010 | FEATURES |  
tags: Elena Kagan, US Supreme Court
Because the US Constitution says so. And that’s the way it should be, even if its decisions aren’t always to our liking.


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