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Category: U.S. Supreme Court
April 17, 2014 at 12:04 PM

McCutcheon v. FEC: Citizens can’t compete with Corporate America

Guest columnist William R. Maurer ends his guest column concerning the U.S. Supreme Court’s McCutcheon ruling with the following statement, “ … for proponents of open and unrestrained political debate, the decision is something to celebrate.” [“Supreme Court McCutcheon ruling protects political speech,” Opinion, April 8] The Supreme Court’s McCutcheon decision will now allow…

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Comments | More in Campaign finance, U.S. Supreme Court | Topics: James J. Farrell, McCutcheon ruling, U.S. Supreme Court

April 3, 2014 at 3:51 PM

McCutcheon v. FEC: Democracy is now dead

Ruling loosens reins on political donations” [Nation & World, April 2] should have been titled “Ruling severs reins …” The U.S. Supreme Court has done the nation a great favor: finally removing any doubt that our democracy is dead. What a huge relief. No longer do the vast majority of Americans need to cling…

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April 1, 2013 at 6:04 AM

Same-sex marriage as a state issue

Civil-rights issues should be resolved on federal level Bruce Ramsey is wrong [“Supreme Court should let each state decide same-sex marriage,” Opinion, March 27]. Marriage equality is very much a civil-rights issue, and one that needs to be resolved at the federal level. And it is perfectly reasonable to compare its history with that of slavery…

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Comments | More in Federal government, Gay marriage, Gay rights, U.S. Supreme Court | Topics: DOMA, Proposition 8

March 30, 2013 at 6:31 AM

Gay marriage cases heard in Supreme Court

Marriage more sacred when not founded on discrimination Allan Hoyle of North Carolina, with the large white sign, center, speaks out against gay marriage across from the street from the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. while supporters of gay marriage demonstrate alongside him. (CAROLYN KASTER / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) Would you buy gas at a gas…

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Comments | More in Federal government, Gay marriage, Gay rights, U.S. Supreme Court | Topics: DOMA, Proposition 8

March 29, 2013 at 7:05 AM

Let states decide on same-sex marriage

This artist rendering shows Paul Clement, standing second right, with Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. seated, right, addressing the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, March 27, 2013, as the court heard arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) case. Clement is defending DOMA on behalf of House Republicans. (DANA VERKOUTEREN / THE ASSOCIATED…

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Comments | More in Federal government, Gay marriage, Gay rights, U.S. Supreme Court | Topics: DOMA, Proposition 8

March 27, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Supreme Court questions if it’s too soon to decide on gay-marriage case

Court not moving fast enough Demonstrateors chant outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington D.C. Tuesday as the court heard arguments on California’s Proposition 8, a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. (PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) The U.S. Supreme Court justices questioned that the issue of legalizing same-sex marriages may be moving too fast More

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March 21, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Supreme Court takes on Arizona law that discourages illegal immigrants from voting

Problem is significant In theory. the Obama administration is supposed to look out for the welfare of United States citizens. The watchword here is “theory.” It seems the Obama administration is much more concerned with the “rights” of illegal immigrants to vote in U.S. elections than protecting the rights of U.S. citizens [“Arizona’s voter-registration hurdle…

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Comments | More in Barack Obama administration, Immigration, U.S. Supreme Court | Topics: Arizona, Voting rights

May 4, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Freedom and vulgarity

Point of amendment is free expression everywhere While it is easy to sympathize with Joyce Lashua’s distaste for language she finds offensive, her opinion indicates that she agrees with the concept of free speech so long as it is not distasteful or offensive to her [“Free speech: offensive language,” Opinion, Northwest Voices, May 4]. She generously…

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May 3, 2009 at 4:49 PM

The Times on free speech

Offensive language infringes on others’ freedom I would like to disagree with The Times’ April 30 editorial [“Supreme Court flubs First Amendment case,” Opinion]. While I agree with freedom of speech, I see it more as having the freedom to disagree with other people, laws, policies, etc. In my opinion, freedom implies responsibility. If my freedom impinges…

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