SCOTUS asks if Marriage is a “Right”; Is it Something More?

I'm down with an illness that has rocked me with some high fevers, so posting hasn't happened, and won't for another day or so, but my radio is on and I'm hearing reports that Justices Kennedy and Breyer are asking questions that suggest they're wondering whether marriage ought to be considered a "right".That reminded me of my own wonderings on that question, which I shared at First Things in 2012: Is Marriage a "Right" or an "Office"? I think it comes down to offices, and the equality to be … [Read more...]

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Follow-Up: Stiehm’s Anti-Catholic Bigotry; US News’ Silence – UPDATED

Let's pick up where we left off with our fisking of Jamie Stiehm's ignorant and bigoted attack on Justice Sotomayor and Catholics in general. Stiehm's column is being discussed in various corners of the blogosphere, including legal ones, and all points of view are worth reading.I wondered, particularly after discovering that Stiehm suffers from what she calls a mild case of bi-polar disorder, whether I should shrug off her recent column as a one-off; every writer, after all, knows what it … [Read more...]

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Fisking Stiehm’s Bigotry at US News

I stopped being a Democrat when it became clear that I was expected to vacate any of my own thoughts and opinions in order to fall in line with the party, or be called moronic or hateful or bigoted or even evil. There was no way the party could be wrong on anything, therefore dissent indicated a problem originating with me. "I" had the problem; not the party.Don't snigger, conservatives, you have your narrow-minded purists, too. Perhaps you've never marched in lockstep with quite the same … [Read more...]

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NY Judge Rules against Government on HHS Mandate – UPDATE

::::UPDATE:::: Go immediately and read Gabriel Malor's excellent read-and-analysis on Judge Cogan's decision. It's terrific!Rather surprised at the lack of coverage on this one, but then again, this ruling is merely one battle in the course of an ongoing conflict. Nothing will be fully and finally settled on this issue until the Supremes address it, and there is still time for the make-up of that court to change and better-reflect the thinking of the current … [Read more...]

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Antonin the Antagonist and the Politics of the Bad People! – UPDATED

My First Things column this week looks at the surprising way the words "liberal" and "illiberal" have been lately represented by the Supreme Court via the recent DOMA ruling, which found Justice Kennedy playing the over-simplifying Mike Stivic to Antonin Scalia's blustering Archie Bunker. It wonders, too how long it will be, before the nation is reduced to the least complex of ideas: the good people versus the bad ones:Often referred to as the “most conservative” of the Supreme Court jur … [Read more...]

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Obama says Church Consciences will Be Respected? – UPDATE

That would be surprising! Refreshing, too!Says Obama, today:On an issue as sensitive as [gay marriagte], knowing that Americans hold a wide range of views based on deeply held beliefs, maintaining our nation’s commitment to religious freedom is also vital. How religious institutions define and consecrate marriage has always been up to those institutions. Nothing about this decision – which applies only to civil marriages – changes that.This from the man who said, during his Comme … [Read more...]

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Thoughts on DOMA and a Reaction Roundup! – UPDATES

My First Thought on hearing the big news might surprise you:In other words, "Keep Calm and Catholic On". In terms of pure law, DOMA was unconstitutional and was not surprisingly struck down.Seriously, though, I have nothing more to say on the DOMA story than I already laid out, here, and the Gay Marriage angle only solidifies it: Civil unions (which I support) will not be enough. I suspect the churches to quickly be expected to conform to the zeitgeist or (first) lose tax-exempt … [Read more...]

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Did Roberts just give Obama the bird? – UPDATED

Just a thought that occurred to me after I'd done some reading around the internets, particularly this, this and this.Is it possible that Roberts, concerned by threats from the left that they would de-legitimize the court if it struck down Obamacare, reasoned as he did to both give the GOP a workable means of repealing the thing through legislation while also utterly defanging those threats? After all, if you look at the people screaming about the court yesterday, they’re all purring l … [Read more...]

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SCOTUS Ruling: Bring on Kate Smith & Reactions UPDATED

:::Welcome Instapundit readers::: Please check out my update, which wonders whether Obama just got waved on. And thanks, Glenn Reynolds! - - - - -I am amusedly watching the reactions of the SCOTUS ruling on Obamacare -- where yesterday's "extremist activist court" is suddenly a model of humility and judicial restraint -- and remembering this piece Reason put up yesterday, and I'm thinking of Kate Smith who would sing, "what a difference a day makes...24 little hours..."If you're … [Read more...]

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Obamacare 6-2: Who will be Justice Defector?

Had to run some errands over lunch and flipped on the radio to see what Rush was talking about. Basically, he was rehashing this piece from the WaPo -- the theory that if the Supremes come down 5-4 in favor of Obamacare, then Chief Justice Roberts -- meaning to ease social tensions with a 6-2 -- will go with it, so he can himself write the majority opinion:Walter Dellinger, a former acting solicitor general and one of the health-care law’s most ardent constitutional cheerleaders, has long p … [Read more...]

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