Postedon Sep 02, 2010 at 08:30 am
Jonathan Merritt discusses shifts in the demographics of those for and against the freedom to marry: "If current trends among religious Americans and the younger generation continue, the current battle over Proposition 8 might just be the beginning of the end for the culture wars as we’ve known them."
Postedon Sep 01, 2010 at 03:00 pm
In the August 27, 2010 entry of his Journal in the "Chicago Sun-Times", film critic Roger Ebert makes a case for the freedom to marry by telling a personal story of his mother supporting a lesbian couple in their desire to get married back in the 1970s: "Public opinion is perceived to be shifting on the topic [marriage equality]. It seems odd to me that on this issue, Barack Obama is more conservative than Dick Cheney, George Bush and my mother."
Postedon Aug 20, 2010 at 12:00 pm
"Often courts will make decisions that are predictors of what public opinion is going to be a few years from now," says Brian Powell, an Indiana University sociology professor.
"Public attitudes don't change really quickly, but this [the freedom to marry] is one that's changing really, really quickly," Powell said.
Postedon Aug 16, 2010 at 12:30 pm
Christian Bentzen: "Conservatives have a somewhat questionable history with regard civil rights, a trend that has roots in the south and continued on with Barry Goldwater who infamously opposed the Civil Rights Act as unconstitutional. The consequence of their reaction to the recent [Prop 8] ruling is that conservatives may be planting the seeds of their own demise (as the polls have indicated) and find themselves on the wrong side of civil rights history."
Postedon Aug 16, 2010 at 07:30 am
Michael Klarman: Judicial opinions on cultural issues usually reflect settled shifts in public attitudes. What does this mean for the fate of the freedom to marry in the Supreme Court?
Postedon Jul 20, 2010 at 01:45 pm
Adam Liptak discusses the possible meaning and ramifications of a sentence added by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to a recent Supreme Court decision issued on the last day of the term.
Postedon Jul 19, 2010 at 12:15 pm
Argentina's first marriage under a law passed last week honoring the freedom to marry was set for August 13 between a 61-year-old man and his 60-year-old partner, officials said Friday.