A New Jersey woman is suing the state Motor Vehicle Commission, alleging that her proposed 8THEIST license plate was rejected, in violation of her First Amendment rights.
Even though one of the bills for which they are lobbying is, quite literally, one that would alter our U.S. Constitution so that is specifically bans same-sex marriage (H.J. RES 51, Federal Marriage Protection Amendment; Huelskamp), the National Organization For...
Mural and graffiti art forms a colorful part of San Francisco's streetscape, and now a SoMa gallery is offering visitors the chance toboth tour the street art of the neighborhood and then make some of their own. First Amendement Gallery...
Noted androgynous TV personality B. Scott (who came out as transgender amid this controversy) has reportedly lost the $2.5 million lawsuit he brought against BET last year, in which he claimed to have been discriminated against based on his gender expression. Yesterday, Los Angeles Superior Court judge Yvette Palazuelos granted an anti-SLAPP motion that ruled […]
Justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg chatted with the National Press Club, fielding questions about the First Amendment, privacy, national security and other hot-button constitutional issues.
When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Washington, D.C.'s handgun ban in the 2008 case District of Columbia v. Heller, it did so because the Second Amendment protects "the core lawful purpose of self-defense." That includes "the individual...Show More Summary
Given today’s xkcd cartoon: I wanted to reiterate the point in this post. “Free speech rights” and “the First Amendment” are not synonymous with each other. The First Amendment is the American legal manifestation of the right to free speech, but the right exists outside the United States and existed before the first amendment. Show More Summary
I read with great interest a recent letter from Steve Adair and Naomi Thorson about their interpretation of the Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks Amendment. It included several fundamentally flawed assumptions that need to be corrected. Among them: That this is an opportunity to invest “a small percentage” of the state’s revenue into the conservation fund...
The issue of free speech has been much in the headlines of late, most recently with the situation surrounding Brendan Eich who was forced to step down as Mozilla’s CEO because of a political contribution he made to an anti-gay marriage group. The cartoon above from the usually excellent xkcd illustrates a common defense of the sort...
Looks like James Franco is trying to make amends!! The actor took to his Instagram to post a picture of an ad (above) that ran in the New York Times for his Broadway show Of Mice And Men maybe as a sign of a peace offering? Since he, ya know, BLASTED the New York Times critic, Ben [...]
New York’s SAFE ACT is shredding the US Constitution, so why not shred gun registration forms? That was the premise of hundreds of Second Amendment supporters in Buffalo, N.Y., who were symbolically protesting the requirement to register so-called assault weapons, the deadline in the state for which was Tuesday. The event occurred outside the Walter
After hearing a marriage equality case, yesterday an Arkansas state judge said that he'll issue his ruling in two weeks. Colin Jorgensen, an assistant attorney general arguing for the state, said Amendment 83, the anti-gay marriage measure, does not conflict with the state Constitution. Show More Summary
SCALIA AND GINSBURG talk about amending the Constitution. Not long ago, the Tennessee Law Review published a symposium on Article V conventions, including a staff-written section on procedure, a couple of years ago. Contributors included such luminaries as Randy Barnett, Richard Epstein, Sanford Levinson and many others. Show More Summary
LUCY STEIGERWALD: Cliven Bundy reminds us to keep putting cameras on law enforcement. If they’re doing nothing wrong, they should have no objection. Plus, First Amendment aside, you have a due process right to record the police.
Earlier this week I noted a Washington Post op-ed by John Paul Stevens, where the retired Supreme Court justice called for a constitutional amendment that would effectively abolish the individual right to keep and bear arms. If he had...Show More Summary
A constituent from Reva, Virginia, wrote an editorial blasting Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) for voting to subjugate the Second Amendment to the dictates of the United Nations via the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). As Breitbart News reported on April 28, 2013, Warner and Kaine were two of 44 Democrat senators who voted for this measure. Show More Summary
I transcribed that from the press conference that's going on right now. He's answering a question about whether there could be some legislative amendments to the Affordable Care Act, to deal with some flaws, and he's saying that nothing can be done until Republicans change their attitude. Show More Summary
While not necessarily carried out in practice, equal pay for equal work has been law in the United States since the 1960s. Phyllis Schlafly, a major opponent of the Equal Rights Amendment during the 1970s and the founder of the "pro-family"...Show More Summary
It looks like the First Amendment is not available to teenagers in the Public School System. A teacher at Potosi High School in Missouri screamed at a female student for carrying a Bible in the hallway. The student is planning a Bible...Show More Summary
For the last week, one of the top posts on The Washington Post's website has been retired Justice John Paul Stevens' "Justice Stevens: The five extra words that can fix the Second Amendment," an excerpt from his upcoming book, "Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution." Personally,......