“Some men say the earth is flat. Some men say the earth is round. But if it is flat. Could Parliament make it round? And if it round. Could the king’s command flatten it?” – St. Thomas More during his trial for treason for refusal to acknowledge Henry VIII as the head of the Roman…Details
LANSING, Mich. (June 23, 2015) – Last week, a bill was filed in the Michigan state House that would end would end mandatory government licensing of marriages in the state, effectively nullifying in practice both major sides of the contentious national debate over government-sanctioned marriage.Details
With the Alabama state Senate recently passing SB77, a bill that would end the practice of licensing marriages in the state, many detractors have come out to express their opposition. Interestingly, some of it is not on principle, but what they regard as practicality.Details
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (May 23, 2015) – This week, the Alabama state Senate passed a bill that would end the practice of licensing marriages in the state, effectively nullifying both major sides of the contentious national debate over government-sanctioned marriage.Details
OKLAHOMA CITY (Mar 16, 2015) – Last week, the Oklahoma state House passed a bill that would end the practice of licensing marriages in the state, effectively nullifying both sides of the contentious national debate over government-sanctioned marriage. The vote was 67-24.Details
When it comes to the issue of marriage, some people want to force the entire country to accept legalized gay marriage in every state, while others want to force the entire country to accept only the traditional definition of marriage in every state. And others just want to keep the status quo.
But a bill under consideration in Oklahoma would effectively nullify everyone on all sides of the marriage issue.Details
We have all heard people proudly proclaim that the Constitution is a living, breathing document and needs to be “tweaked”. This could not be further from the truth. “The most numerous objects of legislation belong to the States. Those of the National Legislature [are] but few.”(Rufus King from The Records of the Federal Convention of…Details
Justice Antonin Scalia claims that when the Supreme Court invalidated Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in United States v. Windsor, it improperly impugned Congress’s motivesDetails
State sovereignty and the Tenth Amendment are getting some attention in the Buckeye State.
Ohio Rep. John Becker recently sent a letter to U.S. Congressman Brad Wenstrup in which he requested that his fellow republican initiate impeachment proceedings against Judge Timothy Black. Judge Black recently ruled (twice) that Ohio must recognize the marriage of same-sex couples despite (a) the lack of federal authority regarding the issue of marriage and (b) an amendment to Ohio’s Constitution which prohibits the state from recognizing or performing same-sex marriages.
(a) Congress has no enumerated power to regulate or define marriage. As such, the issue of marriage is reserved to the states per the Tenth Amendment of the US Constitution. Even the almighty Supreme Court admitted this in their recent opinion on DOMA.
(b) Article 15, Section 11 of the Ohio Constitution reads:Details