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The Supreme Court Decision that Almost didn’t Happen

Posted: Monday, July 1st, 2013
Justice Anthony Kennedy

Justice Anthony Kennedy

Justice Anthony Kennedy is the person who wrote the majority opinion in the DOMA cast, as well as several other opinions that have been important milestones for LGBT Americans.

Kennedy was appointed to the Supreme Court by a conservative President: Ronald Reagan. He was not the first name submitted by President Reagan, and how different my world would be if the Senate had confirmed the original nominee.

Senate democrats blocked that first one: Robert Bork.

 

 

We the People: Equal Justice under Law

Posted: Monday, March 25th, 2013
"Equal Justice Under Law" (SCOTUS)

Supreme Court building, Washington DC

Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote that big decisions shouldn’t be made by nine unelected Supreme Court justices. [Washington Post article covering a Sacramento, CA speech]

I am not a lawyer, but I disagree with that. We have a federal constitution whose Article Three spends a great deal of ink saying the American court system is in place to keep the majority from being a bully.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Without federal courts, the insanity that permeates policies in the state of Texas would have no check, no balance. The Constitution is in place as a social contract. It has the ability and duty to tell the hate-mongers to sit down. We have a Constitution that makes it unnecessary for anyone to vote on the basic rights of anyone. Marriage is one of the fundamental of being American.

LGBT Americans want… expect… to be treated equally. Nothing more. But certainly nothing less.