Pat Robertson Being an Ignoramus, As Usual


Pat Robertson threw his viewers some red meat on the 700 Club this week, delivering the usual right-wing diatribe about unelected judges destroying the freedom of Christians to take away the freedom of people they view as immoral. And he threw in that ridiculous canard about the Supreme Court inventing rights not found in the Constitution as well. … [Read more...]

Huckabee Promises Unilateral Action to Ban Abortion


Mike Huckabee, who has spent much of the last few years throwing one hissy fit after another about President Obama's alleged abuses of power and destruction of the rule of law, is now flatly declaring that if he's elected president he will take unilateral action in defiance of a Supreme Court ruling in order to ban abortion. This is a far more radical position than any other Republican is taking or, for that matter, ever has taken on the matter. … [Read more...]

Santorum Still Thinks Judicial Review Isn’t Real


Rick Santorum, like many other far-right, anti-gay politicians, has taken the position that if the Supreme Court rules in a way he thinks is wrong, the other branches of government can simply overrule or ignore them. And in a recent interview, he claims that the entire idea of judicial review is not part of the Constitution and that the court merely granted itself that power in Marbury v Madison. This is a very common misconception, especially on the right. … [Read more...]

Nebraska School Requiring McCarthy-era Loyalty Oaths

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From the I'm Sorry, What Decade Is This Department: A public school in Nebraska is requiring its teachers to sign McCarthy-era loyalty oaths, apparently after some wingnut called and asked the superintendent of the school district why they didn't require them. Apparently there's some 1951 law requiring them, a law that no other school in the state evidently follows and that is blatantly unconstitutional. … [Read more...]

Dobson: Gay Marriage Will Destroy Christianity…HITLER!

Living fossil James Dobson, who seems to have become an afterthought among Christian right leaders over the last decade, gave the usual wingnut reaction to the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling. It isn't really about equality, it's all about destroying Christianity, closing churches, throwing ministers in prison, persecuting Christians who own businesses...blah blah blah...HITLER! … [Read more...]

Kentucky Clerk Gets Temporary Stay of Court Order


Kim Davis, the county clerk for Rowan County, Kentucky, who is refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite the Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell, a direct order from the governor of Kentucky, and an injunction from a federal judge, has won a brief reprieve. Judge David Bunning rejected a permanent stay of his injunction but did issue a temporary stay that will give her a week or so to appeal his injunction to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. … [Read more...]

Bondi Doesn’t Want to Pay for Losing Gay Marriage Fight


Under federal law, when you sue the government for violating the Constitution and win, you can have the costs you incurred reimbursed by the government agency you sued. That's coming in to play all over the country now after so many states lost cases involving their bans on same-sex marriage. But Pam Bondi, the Florida Attorney General, doesn't want to pay the cost of the appeals even though she's the one who filed them. … [Read more...]

Kim Davis Supporters Not Giving Up


There's a Facebook group called Support Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Kentucky clerk who is refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples (and prohibiting her deputy clerks from doing so as well), and they have not given up on her case despite a federal court order requiring her to do so. And they're praying. Oh boy, are they praying. Because that's worked so well so far, hasn't it? … [Read more...]

Staver and Barber Want to Turn Back the Clock a Long Way

Mat Staver, the dumbest lawyer in America not named Larry Klayman, and his partner-in-dumb Matt Barber are now loudly pushing this ridiculous idea that a state or group of states can just band together and declare that federal law or court rulings do not apply in those states at all. … [Read more...]

KY Judge Orders Clerk to Issue Marriage Licenses to Same-Sex Couples

Kim Davis, the county clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, has lost the first round in court. A U.S. District court judge has issued a preliminary injunction ordering her to issue marriage licenses to anyone legally qualified to receive them. … [Read more...]

Ohio Supreme Court Tells Judges Not to Refuse Gay Weddings

The Ohio Supreme Court, in an advisory opinion asked for by lower court judges around the state, told them that refusing to perform a same-sex wedding now that they are legal amounts to illegal discrimination and is a violation of their oath of office. … [Read more...]

2nd Circuit Upholds Secondary Accommodation on Contraception

The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the legality of the secondary accommodation given to religious non-profits as an exemption from the Affordable Care Act's contraception requirement. It's the 7th appeals court to do so, out of 13 total. The court rejected the plaintiffs' "substantial burden" claim. … [Read more...]