POSTS WITH TAG: supreme court

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    Do you remember that time in 2014 when the Supreme Court ruled that women could no longer use birth control and must remain barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen? Yeah, that was a total bummer. Gosh darn you Hobby Lobby, you ruined everything!

    Wait, what? OK, that's obviously not what happened in the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision on Monday, but from the way some folks on the left are wagging their fingers and gnashing their teeth, you'd think that that was what happened.

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    Social media is blowing up with responses to the Supreme Court decision that lets same sex couples receive the same benefits as straight couples.

    Some see it as a historic and long overdue decision that prevents discrimination on the basis of sexuality.

    Others are calling it a sign of the end of time.

    The reaction to stories like this one shows just how fractured we are as a nation. With such deeply divided viewpoints, it's understandable why our politicians can't seem to get anything done.

    Take a look at some of the across-the-board comments from CafeMom readers:

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    America is finally a place where there's liberty and justice for ALL! In a landmark case, the Supreme Court of the United States has declared a key portion of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. Ding, dong, DOMA is (almost) dead, and marriage equality is alive and well!

    Up until today, the act, which has been on the books since the Clinton administration, prevented same-sex married couples from getting the same benefits as straight couples. Talking about gay rights was controversial, so controversial that SCOTUS saved its ruling for today, the last day of the high court's current session.

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    It’s been three years since Congress rammed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act down our throats, and the legislation remains wildly unpopular. According to a Kaiser Health Tracking Poll last month, nearly two-thirds of Americans still have an unfavorable opinion of Obamacare.

    The law made its way through the court system, with the Supreme Court eventually upholding it as constitutional last June, on the grounds that it was a tax, and not a mandate. In other words, it was decided that the government isn’t forcing Americans to buy a product they may or may not want -- it is just taxing them if they don’t.

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    In 2008, California passed Proposition 8, which defined marriage as an institution between one man and one woman in the state’s constitution. Close to 53 percent of Californians supported the measure, which is the same percentage of Americans that voted for Obama for his historic win.

    Since California is a solidly blue state, it’s pretty safe to assume that if they voted overwhelmingly to keep marriage between a man and a woman, the majority of Americans as a whole probably didn’t support gay marriage.

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    At least 75 prominent Republicans have signed on in support of gay marriage. You read that right: Republicans gave gay marriage the thumbs up, in writing. Dozens of Republicans signed a legal document to be sent to the Supreme Court arguing that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right.

    And why are they doing this? Were their hearts also changed by Glee? Nope. It's all about good, old-fashioned conservative values of "limited government and maximizing individual freedom." Oh yeah, and it promotes family values by allowing kids of gay couples to grow up in two-parent homes. No duh, Republicans!

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    The second female justice to ever sit on the bench of the United States Supreme Court made some comments on Tuesday that should prickle the hairs of every female that’s ever fought for equality among the genders.

    During a 10th Circuit Bench & Bar Conference in Boulder, CO, Ruth Bader Ginsburg said:

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    My candidate lost the presidential election last week. I supported Mitt Romney completely, and I know he would have led this nation well. His business acumen would’ve pulled us out of this craptastic economy that Obama has the nerve to call a recovery, and his leadership skills would have restored our role as the greatest country on the planet in the history of ever.

    But he lost, so it’s four more years of playing, “What did the White House cover up today?” Hey, at least we still have Joe Biden to keep us entertained.

    Here are the five stages of grief that many Romney supporters are in the process of going through. It was a tough loss guys. It’s going to take some time to get over it. Jay Carney won’t help. Just saying.

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    Every golden nugget from my childhood has been remade, retold, reworked. There is one tried and true thing I cherish from my childhood that I share with my sons -- Schoolhouse Rock. American rock has actually been helpful in sparking some great teaching moments and springboard for discussions. I’m just waiting for some jingle writers to get in on rewriting the lyrics to all the old Schoolhouse Rock songs I loved as a kid. If folks like Mitt Romney have their way, a new song would follow a new Constitution: “We the corporations, in order to form a more perfect union ...” Not quite the same ring to it ...

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    The Supreme Court announced its decision on whether or not to turn over part or all of Obamacare. There have been rumors all week that Chief Justice John Roberts would issue the majority opinion, which led many (myself included) to hope that meant the individual mandate would be repealed.

    Liberals have cited the Commerce Clause for the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (such a misnomer), which requires all Americans to purchase health insurance, or pay an annual fine. Because apparently the Commerce Clause isn’t just about regulating commerce, but compelling it. Or something.

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