By deflecting the issue, [the Supreme Court has] put off — for now — the question of whether same-sex marriage should be legal in every state.
The nation’s highest court announced it denied seven petitions challenging same-sex marriage bans, which effectively legalizes gay marriage in at least five states — but falls short of a definitive rule
Adult women are able to make decisions about their own lives’ course no less than men are.
Anybody who thinks that if I step down, Obama could appoint someone like me, they’re misguided.
The last great hope of preserving our democracy from the corrupting influence of money is carpal tunnel syndrome.
The number of countries in which homosexuality can be punished by at least 14 years in jail. In 10 countries, you can be punished with life imprisonment. In Somalia and Nigeria, there’s no law against murdering LGBT individuals.
Whoever wins the presidency in November will be looking at a high court with several elderly justices. Most of them are liberals: Ruth Bader Ginsburg (who has battled cancer) is 79. Stephen Breyer is 73. And Anthony Kennedy, usually the court’s swing vote, is 75. The oldest true conservative: 75-year old Antonin Scalia.
Let’s say Obama wins a second term. Ginsburg, Breyer, or both could choose to retire, confident that the president would pick someone of a similar ideological bent. (On the other hand, isn’t that what Bush thought of Roberts?) Obama has already picked two justices. If he were to serve another four years, it is not inconceivable that he could select four, perhaps five justices in total — setting his philosophical stamp on the court for decades to come.
But the stakes are probably even higher if Romney were to win. Those liberal justices would still be the oldest and most likely to go (one way or the other), though none have indicated that they’re thinking of stepping down. Could they outlast a potential eight-year Romney tenure? If he were to replace a liberal justice or two, the court would swing decisively to the right.
So if you think the stakes are high this November and for the next four years, consider this: Whoever you cast your ballot for — Mitt Romney or Barack Obama — you’re really casting a vote that could resonate for 30 or 40 years. If that’s not reason to show up the polls, then nothing is.