httpv://youtube.com/watch?v=PHOnV-83jNo&list=PLPoDVd2yIgAZd4q8zS1BrmhIhlUz43VAX Sutherland’s Director of the Center for Family and Society Bill Duncan reviews the oral arguments heard by the panel of three judges at the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, the judges’ questions and comments, and what it might mean for the expected June ruling.
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William C. Duncan is director of Sutherland's Center for Family and Society.
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This op-ed by William C. Duncan, director of Sutherland’s Center for Family and Society, was published March 29 in The Salt Lake Tribune. What does “unbelievable” mean? To most of us, it means that something is clearly not true or at least is so implausible as to justify our rejecting it as an explanation. In […]
This blog post was also published here at National Review. This morning, just a few minutes after the last submission from the state of Utah had been received, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered a stay of a trial-court judge’s mandate that marriage licenses be issued to same-sex couples. This (apparently unanimous) decision should not be […]
Judge Robert Shelby holds the dubious distinction of being the first federal judge following the U.S. Supreme Court’s DOMA decision to come to the novel conclusion that the United States Constitution requires a state to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples. The legal chaos that has resulted from this decision and the failure of the […]
A recent opinion piece in The Salt Lake Tribune tried to recruit Justice Antonin Scalia to the cause of redefining marriage. Here’s the passage: Even Justice Antonin Scalia, an ardent foe of gay rights, has recognized the folly of Utah’s position. In his dissent, Justice Scalia wrote that the “the view this Court will take […]
In their recent submissions to a federal court judge who’s being asked to mandate same-sex marriage in Utah, the plaintiffs included a declaration from a sociologist, Charlotte Patterson, who commonly weighs in on litigation with the message that mothers and fathers are interchangeable. The problem, of course, is that there are now studies with larger […]
The American Civil Liberties Union has decided to bring lawsuits in Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Virginia alleging the U.S. Constitution mandates redefining marriage in those states’ laws to include same-sex couples. It was probably not a good sign that shortly after the lawsuit was filed in Pennsylvania, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ran a profile of the […]
The U.S. Supreme Court has now issued its decisions in the two marriage cases, both on 5-4 votes. In the Proposition 8 case, the majority said that since the group that had brought the measure to the voters had not experienced any personal injury from the original federal court decision (i.e. they were not required […]
With Supreme Court decisions imminent in two cases about marriage, it is good to remember the question the court is being asked to answer. The two cases ask the same basic question: Does the U.S. Constitution require a state (Proposition 8 case) or the national government (DOMA case) to change the definition of marriage to […]
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has recently concluded hearings on religious liberty and the invaluable Kathryn Lopez of National Review has published an interview with Peter Kirsanow, one of the commissioners, about what he learned from that experience. The entire interview is worth reading. Commissioner Kirsanow explains the commission’s interest in the topic: In […]