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Small Government is a Conservative Value – Except When It’s Not

By Isaac Saidel-Goley* Support for small, decentralized government with increased local control is often described as a fundamental principle of conservative ideology and a primary talking point for conservative politicians. Conservative politicians and pundits often use this rhetoric as a strategy to attack progressive candidates and policy by portraying them as overbearing or even pseudo-dictatorial….

Gay rights wins small, not big, at the Supreme Court

By Tom Watts* Today, on the anniversary of Lawrence v. Texas and United States v. Windsor, the Supreme Court declared in Obergefell v. Hodges that states that deny legal recognition to same-sex couples are violating the Constitution. Marriage equality is the law of the land. This is a victory for the gay rights movement, which…

From Windsor to Obergefell: The Struggle for Marriage Equality Continued

To mark today’s oral arguments in the same-sex marriage cases, HLPR online has released a Student Note from Volume 9.2 early! The Note is Tom Watts’s From Windsor to Obergefell: The Struggle for Marriage Equality Continued. Tom Watts, a fourth-year JD/MPP at Harvard Law School and Harvard Kennedy School, writes: Prior scholarship has examined the legal history of the…

Same-sex Marriage Preview IV

By Tom Watts* This is the fourth and final post in a series of blog posts previewing some of the conceptual questions that may appear in the same-sex marriage oral arguments on Tuesday. Part I is here, Part II is here, and Part III is here. In the previous three posts, I discussed the ways in which…

Same-sex Marriage Preview III

By Tom Watts* This is the third in a series of blog posts previewing some of the conceptual questions that may appear in the same-sex marriage oral arguments on Tuesday. Part I is here, and Part II is here. In previous posts, I discussed whether same-sex marriage bans classify by sexual orientation. If they do,…

Same-sex Marriage Preview II

By Tom Watts* This is the second in a series of blog posts previewing some of the conceptual questions that may appear in the same-sex marriage oral arguments on Tuesday. Part I is here. In the previous post, I discussed the prospect of the Supreme Court deciding that a state same-sex marriage ban was a…

Same-sex Marriage Preview I

By Tom Watts* This is the first in a series of blog posts previewing some of the conceptual questions that may come up in the same-sex marriage oral arguments on Tuesday. Part II is here. On Tuesday, we will have the legal equivalent of the Super Bowl, a presidential election, and the finale of Seinfeld…

Same-Sex Marriage: A View from Virginia

The following is a question-and-answer with Stuart Raphael, the Solicitor General of Virginia. Virginia has filed an amicus brief supporting the plaintiffs in Obergefell v. Hodges, a Supreme Court case challenging state same-sex marriage bans. Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban was struck down by a federal court last year in Bostic v. Schaefer. Q: Virginia’s amicus brief in Obergefell…

What We Really Should Do This Thanksgiving

By Tom Watts In the aftermath of Ferguson, I keep reading pieces like this: what we should do now is learn, understand, and think. I find this advice irritating, because it seems futile. Things look bad right now, and social change will never come from progressives simply becoming more informed. We have to take the…

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