FROM Dale Carpenter
Massachusetts Gay Marriage Ruling Could Have Repercussions A judge in Massachusetts has set off a new round of debate over gay marriage. In his ruling that a key element of the federal Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, US District Judge Joseph Tauro opened the door to renewed legal battles. Dale Carpenter is Professor of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law at the University of Minnesota Law School.
Proposition 8 Trial Gets Underway In a federal court in San Francisco opening arguments began today in a challenge to California's Proposition 8 , passed last year to make same-sex marriage illegal. Dale Carpenter is a professor of civil rights and civil liberty law at the University of Minnesota Law School.
A Political Awakening as Gay-Marriage Advocates Take to the Streets? In California last week, voters overturned a state Supreme Court ruling that same-sex marriage was a constitutional right. Since then, street demonstrations by opponents of Proposition 8 have grown larger. Yesterday, gay and lesbian couples exchanged marriage vows for the first time in Connecticut. Last night in New York, some 10,000 people gathered, protesting the Mormon Church's financial support for Prop 8. Dale Carpenter is Professor of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law at the University of Minnesota Law School.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.