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.
As Brexit is triggered, negotiations with the EU begin The head of the European Union says "We're missing you already." But British Prime Minister Theresa May says, "There's no turning back." She's made this Day One of "Brexit" — as the UK becomes the first nation to break away after 60 years of European unity.
Is America turning its back on the world? President Trump has made no secret of his contempt for the United Nations — and he's not alone. But, will proposed cuts in US contributions be counterproductive to America's role in the world and to national security?
Political appointments and the reshaping of the judiciary President Trump has the chance for a long-term impact -- not just on the US Supreme Court, but on the entire federal court system. And his nominees are likely to get the support of a massive spending campaign by donors who don't have to reveal their names. Can President Trump "pack" the federal court system?