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Putin's Nobel

Assad Twerk

DOMA Is Done For

It always seemed destined to be overturned, but by such a narrow margin? 5 to 4? Really? More from NPR:The 1996 Defense of Marriage Act,...

Race, Religion and Terrorism in the Wake Of Boston

In the aftermath of the horrific situation in Boston on Monday, all eyes turn to the ultimate question: who did this? No groups have claimed...

SCOTUS, Prop 8, Madison and Majority Rule

The Supreme Court considers the question of whether California’s Proposition 8 ban on same sex marriage is constitutional. So what should happen when the majority acts against a minority, as in Proposition 8? Particularly when we see the executive branch make a craven political decision to not act, and legislators at both the federal and state level unwilling to act. In such a case, it seems obvious that the judiciary is the last firewall to protect our civil liberties, and it is only the judiciary that can preserve minority rights against the will of the majority. In such a case, not only is judicial action acceptable, it is necessary, even when it means substituting judicial fiat for democratic majority or legislative action. Self evident inalienable individual rights should trump the majority every time.