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.
Is the United States losing its moral authority in the world? American support for human rights has often been criticized as more about words than it is about action. President Trump is creating more skeptics than ever. What are the consequences for America's role in the world?
Free speech and the ideological fight for college campuses Conservatives claim that American colleges and universities are bastions of liberal orthodoxy, shielding students from alternative ways of thinking. What better place for a protest than UC Berkeley? What better agent of controversy than Ann Coulter?
A New York Times op-ed on climate change sparks uproar The New York Times is embroiled in a public furor over a new columnist, who wrote that scientific uncertainty is reason for debate about climate change. Many conservatives are delighted. Is America's leading liberal newspaper fostering climate denial? This is the latest in our series, "The Emotional States of America."