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Constitutional carry bill only new law vetoed this yearThe unanswered pension question for America's teetering citiesNC lawmakers reject federal religion lawsPlaying With Constitutional FireFirst Amendment doesn't apply here: NC lawmakers push bill for state religionEleven North Carolina Republicans Sponsor Resolution Saying State Can ...Felons Can Carry Guns Under La. Constitutional AmendmentConstitutional Law Committee calls for more details on PM's 700000-euro reportEM law heads to court"Same-sex marriage" is a state option, not a constitutional rightThe Constitution Isn't a Legal BuffetThe Constitution Isn't a Legal BuffetNC Republicans seek exemption from US Constitution (reality to follow)Why Supreme Court silence is sometimes goldenAn Often-Overlooked Clause in the Constitution Points the Way to Same-Sex ...

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Is gay marriage protected by the Constitution?
Beaufort ObserverApril 1, 2013

A suspect classification is created by one of two methods, in U. S. Constitutional law: Either by an explicit grant of protection, such as free speech, press, religion, keep and bear arms, trial by jury, protection from self-incrimination etc. Or it is ...more »

Why Supreme Court silence is sometimes golden
StandardNetApril 2, 2013

As last week's Supreme Court arguments over same-sex marriage attest, silence also plays a role in constitutional law. Consider a little episode from Supreme Court history. In Poe v. Ullman, decided in 1961, the court was asked to strike down a ...more »

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Constitutional carry bill only new law vetoed this year
Daily HeraldApril 3, 2013

John Mathis, R-Vernal, ran the legislation arguing many living in rural areas violate Utah law when they do everyday activities. Mathis explained ... Most bills that were signed by the governor will go into effect on May 14 unless otherwise specified ...more »

The unanswered pension question for America's teetering cities
Thomson Reuters News & InsightApril 3, 2013

"The Bankruptcy Clause gives Congress express power to legislate uniform laws of bankruptcy that result in impairment of contract; and Congress is not subject to the restriction that the Contracts Clause places on states," he wrote. "It follows, then ...more »

NC lawmakers reject federal religion laws
Asheville Citizen-TimesApril 3, 2013

Chris Brook, legal director of the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, said the lawmakers don't understand constitutional law and principles of separation of powers. “These are principles that have served our nation well for hundreds ...more »

Playing With Constitutional Fire
The League of Ordinary GentlemenApril 3, 2013

This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state ...more »

First Amendment doesn't apply here: NC lawmakers push bill for state religion
NBCNews.comApril 3, 2013

The North Carolina ACLU chapter said in a statement Tuesday that the sponsors of the bill “fundamentally misunderstand constitutional law and the principle of the separation of powers that dates back to the founding of this country.” North Carolina ...more »

Eleven North Carolina Republicans Sponsor Resolution Saying State Can ...
ThinkProgressApril 3, 2013

The North Carolina General Assembly asserts that the Constitution of the United States of America does not prohibit states or their subsidiaries from making laws respecting an establishment of religion. SECTION 2. The North Carolina General Assembly ...more »

Felons Can Carry Guns Under La. Constitutional Amendment
Lawyers.com Blog (blog)April 3, 2013

After voters in Louisiana overwhelmingly approved an amendment to their state constitution making gun ownership a “fundamental right,” the case of a convicted felon who says he should be able to have a gun is headed for the state Supreme Court to test ...more »

Constitutional Law Committee calls for more details on PM's 700000-euro report
YLE NewsApril 3, 2013

Parliament's Constitutional Law Committee has petitioned an opinion from Finland's Chancellor of Justice and other parties as it considers the legitimacy of Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen's decision to bypass customary tendering procedures in ...more »

EM law heads to court
Detroit Metro TimesApril 3, 2013

Last Wednesday, one day before the law officially known as PA 436 first took effect, a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the act was filed at the Theodore J. Levin U.S. Courthouse in Detroit. The fanfare came a day later when a procession of ...more »

"Same-sex marriage" is a state option, not a constitutional right
RenewAmericaApril 3, 2013

The Supreme Court, 6 to 3, invalidated a Texas anti-homosexual sodomy law by invoking the constitutional rights to privacy to protect private homesexual conduct from criminalization, not to force states and/or the federal government to approve it. Ten ...more »

The Constitution Isn't a Legal Buffet
Wall Street JournalApril 2, 2013

This decreeing by executive-branch officials of what is—or is not—constitutional was at issue not just in relation to DOMA, a law that the attorney general of the United States refused to defend even while the government implicitly continued to ...more »

The Constitution Isn't a Legal Buffet
Wall Street JournalApril 2, 2013

This decreeing by executive-branch officials of what is—or is not—constitutional was at issue not just in relation to DOMA, a law that the attorney general of the United States refused to defend even while the government implicitly continued to ...more »

NC Republicans seek exemption from US Constitution (reality to follow)
The Independent WeeklyApril 2, 2013

In an email response the ACLU's communications director Mike Meno had this to say: “The bill sponsors fundamentally misunderstand constitutional law and the principles of the separation of powers that date back to the founding of this country.” I'm ...more »

Why Supreme Court silence is sometimes golden
StandardNetApril 2, 2013

As last week's Supreme Court arguments over same-sex marriage attest, silence also plays a role in constitutional law. Consider a little episode from Supreme Court history. In Poe v. Ullman, decided in 1961, the court was asked to strike down a ...more »

An Often-Overlooked Clause in the Constitution Points the Way to Same-Sex ...
Daily BeastApril 2, 2013

Feldman asks us to imagine a post-DOMA world in which an individual is married in the eyes of New York, married in the eyes of the federal government, but living in a state like Ohio, which does not recognize her marriage as valid. This woman couldn't ...more »

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