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The Backlash Against Out-of-Control Legislative Activists

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On October 22, 2009
In addition to being excellent news on the policy merits, the fact that Maine has an initiative system means that the state provides an excellent test case for claims that recent initiatives opposing same-sex marriage were driven by institutional critiques of judicial review or by substantive policy views. And pretty much all the evidence continues […]

That’s Some Catch…

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On June 7, 2009

Shorter Erin Manning: The superflous amendments tacked onto same-sex marriage legislation to preempt the silly arguments of paranoid cranks prove that the arguments made by paranoid cranks were correc

Live Free Or Die

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On June 5, 2009
Between travel and parental visits, I neglected to mention New Hampshire’s legalization of same-sex marriage. So you probably already know about it. The key takeaway for the future is that the latest pro-discrimination strategy of making spurious arguments about religious discrimination is that it’s checkers against chess. As New Hampshire shows, it’s pretty easy to […]

Is New Hampshire #5?

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On April 29, 2009

It’s up to John Lynch now. The Democratic-controlled Senate voted 13 to 11 in favor of the bill, but only after a last-minute amendment strengthened language granting legal protections for relig

Against the Scalian Tautology

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On April 3, 2009
Unlike Ed Whelan, the Iowa Supreme Court is required by existing norms to actually make arguments in defense of its opinions. One of the arguments they make in Varnum is particularly worthy of emphasis. One argument on behalf of the proposition that requirements that citizens be afforded the equal protection of the laws should be […]
Excellent news. The ruling is based on the equal protection clause of the state constitution. Or, at least, it’s excellent news from my non-contrarian perspective. Maybe this will be a counterproductive decision that will also lead to a Republican landslide. After all, surely Peter Beinart’s claim that the rejection of same-sex marriage rights by New […]
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