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States Have The Right To Make Own Decisions

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Time will tell if another highly controversial Supreme Court decision sparking dramatic emotional responses will prove irreparably toxic to our national comity In the wake of last week’s “landmark” decision by the U.S. Supreme Court mandating nationwide acceptance of gay marriage, some states have begun pushing back, essentially telling Uncle Sam what he can do with his high court ruling. In Texas, Attorney General Ken Paxton has issued an opinion stating that county clerks, judges and justices of the peace could refuse to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, noting that the SCOTUS ruling did not abolish religious liberty. “This ...

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Texas Can and Should defy Supreme Court Ruling

AUSTIN, TX -  FEBRUARY 18:  Governor Greg Abbott (C) speaks alongside U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) (L), Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) at a joint press conference February 18, 2015 in Austin, Texas.  The press conference addressed the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas' decision on the lawsuit filed by a Texas-led coalition of 26 states challenging President Obama's executive action on immigration.  (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

Texas’ Attorney General on Sunday stated that county clerks, judges and justices of peace could deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples for religious reasons, arguing that the Supreme Court did not abolish religious liberty. Ken Paxton, in his non-binding legal opinion, went on to add that “numerous lawyers” would be made available to defend public officials refusing to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples, according to the Associated Press. “This newly minted federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage can and should peaceably coexist with longstanding constitutional and statutory rights, including the rights to free exercise of religion and freedom of ...

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Churches, religious liberty will suffer after gay marriage ruling

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  As confetti and leaflets were cleared from the steps of the Supreme Court Friday after a 5-4 majority ruled in favor of a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, religious groups across the ideological spectrum reacted to the decision. To supporters, such as the Right Rev. Gene Robinson, retired Episcopal bishop of New Hampshire, the high court victory “certainly (brought) joy. We’ve been talking about this for a very long time.” Opponents, however, had a different view. The Rev. Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, was more concerned about protections for religious people. ...

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The Roberts Obamacare majority once more saves a bad law

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The Judicial Branch’s highest court seems oblivious to the fact that it is not judicial activism to overturn unconstitutional law The Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, upheld a rather unique legal principle on Thursday – that despite what words are actually written into a law, they don’t necessarily mean what they actually say. That’s the logic a majority of justices – led by the chief justice, John Roberts – applied when ruling in favor of the White House when affirming that Obamacare-related taxpayer subsidies are valid in states that chose not to set up an exchange. The primary argument, ...

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Supreme Court Sent Free Speech to Hell with Confederate License Ruling

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that Texas did not infringe on free speech rights when it rejected a proposed specialty vehicle license plate displaying the Confederate flag, to some an emblem of Southern pride and to others a symbol of racism. The court ruled on a 5-4 vote that the state did not violate the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment free speech guarantee when it turned away the application made by the group Sons of Confederate Veterans. The state declined to approve the plate with the Confederate flag. The flag in question, a blue cross inlaid with white stars ...

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Twitter lawsuit over government surveillance in jeopardy

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  By Barry Eitel A federal judge claimed Thursday that Twitter’s lawsuit against the United States government over publishing national security requests may collapse because of the recently passed USA Freedom Act. Last October, Twitter filed the lawsuit against the U.S. Justice Department over restrictions on what the company can voice publicly regarding government requests for individual user data due to national security concerns. The microblogging platform claimed that the legal constraints violated its First Amendment rights to free speech. The company’s issues stemmed from provisions from the USA Patriot Act passed in 2001 that prevent and criminalize services like ...

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Congress MUST take control back from the bureaucracy

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The growth of the federal bureaucracy has led to a decline in constitutional republicanism, and here’s the really bad news: It’s only getting worse They say that elections have consequences, and that is very much true, at least in terms of presidential races. Imagine how much different the country might look if Barack Obama had not won two terms in office. But what about on the congressional level? Those elections should matter too, right? Now that the Republicans control both chambers of Congress, Americans should begin to see some changes in Washington – right? Not really. In fact, with each passing ...

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