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Supreme Court will not hear challenge to 4th Circuit decision, striking down parts of a North Carolina voter ID law.
U.S. high court refuses to reinstate North Carolina voter ID requirement
Supreme Court denies North Carolina appeal to enforce its voter ID rules
Deadlocked Supreme Court says parts of restrictive North Carolina voting law still unconstitutional
JUST IN: US Supreme Court declines to allow North Carolina to enforce toughest parts of new voting law, including voter…
Supreme Court rejects North Carolina's last-ditch attempt to restore its voter ID law via
BREAKING: U.S. Supreme Court refuses to restore North Carolina's GOP-backed voter ID and its reduction in early voting days.
Supreme Court refuses to reinstate North Carolina voter ID
North Carolina appeals voter ID ruling to the Supreme Court
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Carolina on Monday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to allow a state law requiring v...
Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. Voters in those four states hold the future of the Supreme Court,...
is there anything the Supreme Court can do, like they did in North Carolina? Sure hope so. These 17 states r going backward
On June 7, picking the strongest candidate for the Supreme Court race will help decide whether North Carolina...
Supreme Court ruling backs racial justice in NC - Yet African-Americans in North Carolina are routinely denied ...
An interesting article from the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina on how his...
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Supreme Court declines to review voting restrictions in North Carolina
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In a blow to the constitutional rights of citizens, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-1 in Heien v. State of North Carolina that police officers are permitted to violate American citizens’ Fourth Amendment rights if the violation results from a … Continue reading →
State officials in North Carolina plan to ask the Supreme Court to rule on abortion ultrasound law
Reuters12 Nov 2014 at 17:56 ET Terrence Hall (L) and Christopher DeCaria (R) display their marriage license to the media outside of the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds office in Charlotte, North Carolina on Oct. 13, 2014. Photo by Davis Turner for Reuters.The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed *** marriage to go into effect in Kansas by rejecting a last-minute request filed by state officials. In a brief order, the court said it would not block a District Court judge’s ruling last week that struck down the state’s *** marriage ban. The decision means marriage licenses can be issued to same-sex couples imminently. Kansas will become the 33rd state with *** marriage. Two of the court’s nine justices, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, said they would have granted the state’s request. (Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham) Original linkOriginal author: Reuters
** The news just keeps getting better and better. ** WASHINGTON (Associated Press) — The federal government is recognizing *** marriage in six more states and extending federal benefits to those couples, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Saturday. *** marriage recently became legal in Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming. The government's announcement follows the U.S. Supreme Court's decision earlier this month to decline to hear appeals from five states that sought to keep their marriage bans in place. It brings the total number of states with federal recognition of *** marriage to 32, plus the District of Columbia. * Couples married in these states will qualify for a range of federal benefits, including Social Security and veterans' benefits. "With each new state where same-sex marriages are legally recognized, our nation moves closer to achieving full equality for all Americans," Holder said. The attorney general said the government is working "as quickly as possi .. ...
UPDATE: Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Virginia Same-Sex Marriage Ban This ruling is the second from a federal appellate court since last year's victory in the Supreme Court. Unless it is reversed, the decision will pave the way for the freedom to marry throughout the 4th Circuit, including in North Carolina, South Carolina, and West Virginia.
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BREAKING: Fourth Circuit Court Of Appeals STRIKES DOWN Virginia's Marriage Ban Via USA Today: A federal appeals court panel in Virginia became the second one this summer to strike down a state ban against same-sex marriage Monday, making it more likely that the Supreme Court will settle the issue as early as next year. The three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond ruled 2-1 that *** men and *** have a constitutional right to marry that is paramount to state marriage laws. The Circuit Court has jurisdiction over Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. The panel's decision can be appealed to the full court or to the Supreme Court. Like the first appeals court panel to rule on the issue this year in Utah and Oklahoma, the three-judge panel was deeply divided, but the swing judge -- in this case Henry Floyd, who was named to the bench by George W. Bush and elevated to the Circuit Court by President Obama in 2011 -- came down on the sid ...
I find it shameful that in the year 2014, we are even debating women’s access to contraception. The Supreme Court’s recent decision in the Hobby Lobby case puts employers between women and their doctors. It’s extremely disappointing. North Carolina women should be able to make their own health care decisions in consultation with their doctors, their families, and their faiths. Corporations should have nothing to do with it. I’m joining some of my colleagues in support of women’s access to contraception. We need you to join us. Add your name to ours -- sign the petition. Women’s health care access has been under steady assault for years now. In North Carolina alone, the state legislature (with my opponent Thom Tillis in leadership) has passed restriction after restriction. And now the Supreme Court is piling on. We need to make perfectly clear that we will not stand for it. Join me and the thousands of others taking a stand. Sign the petition right now. Thank you for joining us. Kay Paid for By ...
... why would America elect as President a person that feels he knows more of what his constituents need more than they do themselves ... a person who does not support the Constitution or Laws of the government he administers, fails to recognize the separation of powers and threatens the use of dictatorial powers or Courts or Executive Powers to accomplish his personal goals and agenda; and, thus does not honor the Will of the People and its agreed upon Laws and representatives. Hopefully this is a one time event in the life of the United States of America ... and hopefully not the end of our great Country. ... is this also happening in our great State of North Carolina, in Beaufort County and in Cities, our grassroots . is the desire to control with Dictatorial powers now too large to contain . bullies and/or those who create divisiveness to divide and conquer must be voted out in 2014 and 2016 ...!. ... and now we have a lady that feels she too is above the Supreme Court of the United States and she ...
POGO held a rally at the Supreme Court in support of the estimated one million Marines, their families and civilians who were poisoned by contaminated drinking water at Marine Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. The gathering was held before the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that could deny Camp Lejeune victims the right to sue for damages. Learn more -
IF YOU HAVEN'T VOTED YET Remember Tuesday, May l6 is Primary Election Day in North Carolina. In the nonpartisan races, I urge you to vote for Justice Robin Hudson to stay on the NC Supreme Court, and for Martin for District Court Judge for District 28. If voting in Democratic primary, please vote for Todd Williams to replace Ron Moore as District Attorney for District 28 and Will Stewart for U.S. Senate to send a message to Kay Hagan not to forget the regular people who can't afford to write a big campaign check.
I am just sitting here thinking about all of the possibility’s that we as a community can achieve, namely changes at CPCC and other colleges. It is obvious that we need to work to create a safe accepting environment for our LGBT students, especially the Transgender student who can’t hide under the radar. Yesterday Scott Bishop representing the Human Rights Campaign NC and the National Office came out to support the demonstration at CPCC, and made a great speech on how HRC was behind the students. “Quote‘” Please join me and join the Human Rights Campaign and together we can affect change at CPCC as we stand behind Andraya! “ I have to give it to him he is a great public speaker, when I grow up I want to be like Scott. I was wondering Scott is the Human Rights Campaign ready to change its policy and invest dollars into North Carolina for advocating for student rights. I know by being on the HRC steering committee in the past, money that has been raised in North Carolina has always went to su .. ...
WASHINGTON -- Any race-related emails that North Carolina Republicans may have sent in connection with the voter restrictions they passed last summer could soon be public, thanks to a ruling by a federal judge. Before the Supreme Court's decision ...
Biden Abuses Black History Month Observance to Push Politics, Hurt Voter Protections by David W. Almasi | Feb 26, 2014 at 10:46 AM In an affront to the original intent of Black History Month, Vice President Joe Biden used an event at his official residence to launch into a race-baiting political tirade against commonsense protections for balloting. At the February 24 event — which was attended by Obama apparatchiks and partisans such as White House advisor Valerie Jarrett, Congressman John Conyers (D-MI), Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Sacramento’s Mayor Kevin Johnson (D) — Biden criticized the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Shelby County v. Holder (a case, supported by the National Center’s Project 21 black leadership network, that properly aligned the Voting Rights Act with 21st century American society) and voter protection laws passed in states such as North Carolina, Alabama and Texas. Disparaging the justices and these democratically-enacted state-level laws, Biden declared: I t . ...
if you put a spotlight on the state of North Carolina, then you will understand why we say that the republicans ( especially the extreme right ) are the fascists or the neo-Nazis of our political theater. Thanks to the Citizens United decision, the handiwork of the conservative majority on the Supreme Court, which declared that corporations are people and money is free speech and enabled corporations and individuals to spend unlimited amounts of often untraceable money—what’s now called "dark money". and thanks to the Heritage Foundation, the Cato Institute, and the Americans for Prosperity ( corporate ideological think tanks that promote their particular brand of libertarian politics/economics ) for incorporating their right wing propaganda into the North Carolina media outlets... and thanks to Art Pope and the Koch Brothers for financing the ultra right wing political establishment... the Republicans now control the governorship and both houses of the Legislature, where they have a veto-proof majori ...
Big voting changes coming to the South in 2014 Legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin blogged in The New Yorker recently that voting rights cases will be one of the top seven legal stories of 2014. "After the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act in the Shelby County case, several Republican-dominated states immediately tightened their laws to make it harder to voter," he wrote. While legal decisions on voting rights are pending right now in Northern states including Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, many of the big stories will come from the South. With new election rules in place, next year will prove pivotal for observing how these changes might disrupt voting practices, especially for the upcoming mid-term elections. Here is a round-up of Southern states where voters face major shakeups: North Carolina The section of North Carolina's far-reaching new elections law that has gotten the most attention is the requirement for certain forms of photo identification to vote, but that provision won’t kick in until 2016 ...
Happy Birthday Fern! January 24: In 41 Roman Emperor Caligula, known for his eccentricity and cruel despotism, is assassinated by his disgruntled Praetorian Guards; in 1848 James W. Marshall finds gold at Sutter's Mill near Sacramento; in 1857 the University of Calcutta is formally founded as the first fully-fledged university in south Asia; in 1908 the first Boy Scout troop is organized in England by Robert Baden-Powell; in 1916 in Brushaber v. Union Pacific Railroad, the Supreme Court of the United States declares the federal income tax constitutional; in 1933 the 20th Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, changing the beginning and end of terms for all elected federal offices; in 1946 the United Nations General Assembly passes its first resolution to establish the United Nations Atomic Energy Commission; in 1961 a B-52 bomber carrying two H-bombs breaks up in mid-air over North Carolina the uranium core of one weapon remains lost; in 1972 Japanese Sgt. Shoichi Yokoi is found hiding . ...
North Carolina Fraternal Order of Police 1500 Walnut St. Cary, North Carolina 27511 STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BY North Carolina StATE LODGE, FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE December 23, 2013 The Fraternal Order of Police applauds the action by the N.C. Supreme Court in deciding a case of enormous importance to the North Carolina police community. In Wind v. City of Gastonia, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Officer Wind’s favor reaffirming and clarifying the rights of police officers to be able to obtain all portions of their personnel files except the few items that the General Assembly expressly excluded. With the support and encouragement of the North Carolina Fraternal Order of Police (NCFOP), Officer David Wind of the Gastonia Police Department filed a civil action challenging the denial of his request to obtain copies of his personnel file including two recently closed internal affairs investigations. Officer Wind had been exonerated in both matters and simply wanted to understand ...
As NYE approaches, I must say, it was a great year! I rallied for two Supreme Court demonstrations, survived the first half of graduate school, and accepted a full-time offer with Bank of America. I was Chun-Li for Halloween! I was featured on a Colbert Report segment! I witnessed the Violence Against Women Act pass on the Congress floor! I reached all my fitness goals, thwarted a cancer recurrence, earned my yoga instructor certification, and played in my first fantasy football league! But more importantly, I celebrated the dreams and accomplishments of so many of my friends and family! I'm so grateful that I spent so many days of the last year laughing with all my lifelong friends in Arizona, DC, New York and North Carolina! Here's to another 365 days of laughter!
DID YOU KNOW THIS? During the days of our founders of the Constitution and the signers of the Declaration of Independence getting into college and graduating at this age was not really uncommon at all. DID YOU KNOW MANY DID THIS.Declaration signer Charles Carroll entered college at the age of 10. Fisher Ames entered Harvard at age 12. Benjamin Rush graduated Princeton at age 14. John Trumbull had read the Bible completely at age 4 and when he was 7 passed the entrance exam to Yale Univ., John Adams got a congressional diplomatic appointment overseas as Secretary to the Ambassador of Paris and at age 14 received a similar appointment to the Court of Catherine the Great in Russia. William Livingston moved in among the Mohawk Indians to live as a Missionary. James Iredell--a Justice placed on the Supreme Court by George Washington--was appointed to public office in North Carolina to oversee financial matters at the age of 17.These are but a few examples. Many academic requirements were much harder back then, ...
On this day in the American presidency, cabinet, Congress, U.N., Supreme Court and states, Dec. 21: • 1861, President Abraham Lincoln signed a congressional act authorizing the Navy Medal of Honor. • 1942, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Williams v. North Carolina, ruled 6-2 that all states had to recognize divorces granted in Nevada. • 1971, the U.N. Security Council chose Kurt Waldheim to succeed U Thant as Secretary-General. • 2012, President Barack Obama nominated Sen. John Kerry as his next secretary of state.
I read the first 66 pages of "Killing Lincoln"(2011) yesterday by Bill O'Reilly. I never really knew that much about the map locations of Lee's planned retreat to North Carolina from Petersburg, Virginia through central and western Virginia during April 1865(which was about 10 to 12 days before Lincoln) was assassinated. Our side fought as hard as they could matched against an enemy who had an infinite supply of anything and everything, all of which was new and supplied by the United States & not their own. I will certainly be glad to add this reference to my bibliography for 'From Appomattox to Iraq: United States Foreign Policy since Lee's Surrender to Grant' and to my 'Books Read', a side item in my Family Tree Maker program. I learned also from these first few pages that Booth's girlfriend, Lucy Hale(??), was also courted by Robert Lincoln(the President's son), and Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., a future Supreme Court Justice. Booth was infuriated by the younger Lincoln's attention of Lucy and how th ...
Obamacare Will Increase Health Spending By $7,450 For A Typical Family of Four [Updated] Chris Conover Chris Conover, Contributor 421 comments, 226 called-out Comment Now Follow Comments WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 26: Ron Kirby holds a ... Ron Kirby holds a sign while marching in protest of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on March 26, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Image credit: Getty Images North America via At the bottom of this post, the author responds to criticism of his argument. Over at National Journal Avik Roy says the critics are missing the point of Conover’s post. It was one of candidate Obama’s most vivid and concrete campaign promises. Forget about high minded (some might say high sounding) but gauzy promises of hope and change. This candidate solemnly pledged on June 5, 2008: “In an Obama administration, we’ll lower premiums by up to $2,500 for a typical family per year….. We’ll do it by the end of my first term as President of the United ...
The Associated Press reports that five Southern states, freed from Federal oversight, have quickly moved to tighten their voting laws. New legislation includes tighter identification requirements, the elimination of early voting, and the abandonment of programs designed to register high school students to vote. "We're in the middle of the biggest wave of voter suppression since the Voting Rights Act was enacted," Katherine Culliton-González, director of voter protection for the Advancement Project, told the AP. A survey done by the North Carolina Board of Elections found that 600,000 voters (mostly poor and minority) would not have been able to vote in last year's presidential election, had the state adopted its new voting restrictions then. Attorney General Holder is suing the state of Texas following the introduction of new voter ID laws following the Supreme Court decision, and has pledged to defend the rights of voters But Republican officials in the South remain wary of the vast, anonymous threat of ...
Frederick Douglass was a famous ex-slave, social reformer, orator, writer, statesman, and leader of the abolitionist movement. His credentials and his absolute determination to rid this country of slavery is unmatched and unquestioned by anyone.   Below is a portion of the speech Frederick Douglass made on May 14, 1857. This speech is in response to the infamous 'Dred Scott v. Sandford' decision by the Supreme Court, made just two months prior.   In this speech he speaks of the founding fathers, the Constitution, and slavery. He refers to Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, who wrote the horrendous decision in that case - widely considered the worst decision ever made by the Supreme Court. In that decision Judge Taney referred to the founding fathers and the Constitution to support the Court's position. With his usual oratorical skills Mr. Douglass counters Judge Taney masterfully.   Mr. Douglass said:   "Washington and Jefferson, and Adams, and Jay, and Franklin, and Rush, and Hamilton, and a host of other ...
Open Yahoo News Open SearchCancel Supporters of President Barack Obama's health care law celebrate outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Thursday, June 28, 2012, after the court's ruling. AP Photo/David Goldman) Health care exchanges open Tuesday: What you need to know . Liz Goodwin, Yahoo News Sep 26, 2013 8:36 AM On Tuesday, the health insurance exchanges that are a cornerstone of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act will open for the first time, and the White House expects 7 million uninsured people to sign up during the six-month enrollment period. But don’t fret if you have no idea what these exchanges are — you are not alone. In August, 45 percent of people polled by Kaiser said they had heard “nothing at all” about the health insurance marketplaces mandated by the law. Here’s a guide to the exchanges: What is the health insurance exchange? The health insurance exchange, or marketplace, will allow people who don’t have coverage through Medicaid, Medicare or their employer to ...
Let me take you back 50 years. Birmingham, Alabama, September 15, 1963. Nine years earlier, the U.S. Supreme Court had declared unconstitutional seperate schools for black and white children. Eight years earlier, Emmitt Till was kidnapped and murdered in Mississippi. Eight years earlier, Rosa parks refused to give up her seat on the bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Seven years earlier, U.S. Senator Harry F. Byrd brought Massive Resistance to Virginia. Three years earlier, black college students took over a lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina. Two years earlier. the Freedom Rides began. One year earlier, federal troops escorted black student James Meredith to classes at the University of Mississippi. Three months earlier, Medgar Evers was assassinated in Jackson, Mississipi. And less than three weeks earlier, the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" at the nation's capital. On Sunday, September 15, 1963 four young black girls were killed when the 16th Street Baptist Church in B ...
Just hours after Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signed a broad bill to massively restrict voting rights in North Carolina, localities moved to make it harder for students to vote -- moves enabled by the U.S. Supreme Court's June ruling gutting the Voting Rights Act.
*** marriage fight moves from Supreme Court to states The legal battle over same-sex marriage has shifted from the Supreme Court to state capitals and lower courts as supporters seek to build on their recent victories and opponents hope to thwart that progress. Armed with the justices' decision striking down a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act, lawyers representing same-sex couples filed a lawsuit in Pennsylvania on Tuesday and vowed to follow soon with others in North Carolina and Virginia. Those cases will be added to at least 11 pending from New Jersey to Hawaii. "There are a lot of cases out there," said James Esseks, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's LGBT & AIDS Project, which filed the Pennsylvania challenge. "It's quite clear to me that this issue is headed back to the U.S. Supreme Court and is likely to get there sometime over the next several years." The flurry of activity is prompted in part by what *** rights groups see as the long-term implications of Justice Anthony Ke ...
Voter fraud and the abolishment of the sec. 5 formula of the Voting Rights Act is on my mind. I've been watching what has been going on since the Supreme Court killed oversight, you know, Texas, North Carolina.it occurred to me that there has only been one instance where voter fraud was a public debate and in the public eye. ( I don't count the FOX setup to defunding ACORN). That was Florida 2000. Who was governor? Jeb Bush (R), Remember Catherine Harris? And the Supreme Court picked us a war mongerer, and Bush? Republicans have a nerve to claim that it is even an issue. But the states are working diligently to disenfranchise those people that would vote Democratic. This is VOTER FRAUD AT IT'S WORST. This is why the Republican House will not pass a step to citizenship in the immigration bill - they assume that "those people" will vote democratic. They are now working to make sure that the 5 million whites who did not vote in 2012 will vote and vote Republican. This they freely admit. They are ...
Time for a little catching up. Yes, I am still posting Today in Black History. Read a little, learn a lot: Monday, July 1st in Black History: 1) North Carolina legislature (21 Blacks, 149 whites) met in Raleigh, 1868 2) Thomas Dorsey, the Father of Gospel Music, born in Villa Rica, GA, 1899 3) Roland Hayes was named a soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1924 4) Olympic track and field star Carl Lewis was born in Willingboro, New Jersey, 1961 5) For1st time in history, 3 Black women were serving as Presidents of Four Year Colleges and Universities in America: Dr. Niara Sudarkasa- Lincoln University in Pennslyvania; Dr. Johnetta Cole, Spelman College in Atlanta; Dr. Gloria Randle Scott, Bennett College in Greensboro, 1987 6) Clarence Thomas is nominated to the Supreme Court by President George Bush, 1991 7) Government "Higher Education Act" Denies Financial Aid to Students with Drug Convictions, 2001 Tuesday, July 2nd in Black History: 1) Vermont becomes the 1st US territory to abolish slavery, 177 ...
the latest breaking-news polls show just how hard Democrats will have to fight in the next election: Florida: Statewide Generic Ballot: Democrats lead 46%-43% North Carolina: Statewide Generic Ballot: Democrats lead 48%-41% Virginia: Terry McAuliffe (D) and Ken Cuccinelli (R) TIED 42%-42% Now that the Voting Rights Act has been "gutted" by the Supreme Court, Republicans are spending millions of dollars to push new voting restrictions and elect Tea Party candidates like Ken Cuccinelli in key battlegrounds. We can clean house in 2014 but we must work hard to do it. The opponents will pour billions of dollars into defeating good candidates and installing their puppets.
Melissa Harris-Perry on MSNBC A day after joining Melissa for a Google+ Hangout, victorious Proposition 8 plaintiffs Paul Katami (pictured, in tears) and Jeff Zarrillo were married Friday in Los Angeles by Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa. In today's "MHP" at 10am ET on msnbc, Melissa will break down the Supreme Court decisions this week on Prop 8, DOMA, affirmative action, voting rights, and more. We'll also look towards Texas, Ohio, and North Carolina -- and the people's fight in those states against conservative creep on issues like voting, Reproductive Rights, and more. Melissa will also discuss the Senate's passage of an immigration reform bill, and discuss what lies ahead for NSA leaker Edward Snowden. Oh, and as usual: there's an Open Letter you won't want to miss. "Like" and share this link on your timelines, get the conversation going, and join us at 10am ET! Here's the Syllabus:
What a week: Supreme Court on steroids (DOMA no; Voting Rights no; No right to remain silent and more), Trayvon/Zimmerman, Aaron Hernandez, Wendy Davis, Tammy Duckworth, Nelson Mandela, North Carolina drops unemployment benefits...let's just say it wasn't a slow news week. I'm exhausted.
Voter identification legislation in North Carolina will pick up steam again now that the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down part of the Voting Rights Act, a key General Assembly leader said Tuesday.
Re the news that the Kootenai County sheriff is pulling the charter for Boy Scouts "because sodomy is against Idaho Law" However, I believe the sheriff is wrong - Idaho's sodomy law, along with other sates, was invalidated by the Supreme Court - in 2003 the Supreme Court issued the decision with "Lawrence v. Texas", invalidating sodomy laws in the remaining 14 states (Alabama, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and Virginia) - check it out! Take note, Brenda Hammond - for the BC HR Task Force?
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Girls post for assignment:   The video, Africans in America: Part 4A focuses on slavery and the abolition movement.  Although 75% of white Americans did not own slaves, men loyal to slavery dominated the Supreme Court and presidential cabinet.  Money invested in slavery yielded the largest concentration of capital in the country and by 1830, there were 2 million African/Americans in slavery worth over $1 billion to slave owners.  With 182,000 free slaves in the south and 137,000 in the north, free slaves were the biggest threat to the institution of slavery.  The video talks about David Walker, a wealthy merchant whose father had been a slave and who violently condemned slavery and racism while urging slaves to rise up against their masters.  As a result of Walker’s appeal, Georgia, Louisiana, and North Carolina passed laws making it a crime to teach blacks how to read or write and began to limit civil liberties as a result of the abolition movement.  The video also discusses William Garri ...
Today In History: U.S.A. 1960: Elvis Presley completes his two-year stint is discharged from the US Army. 1969 U.S.A.: Jim Morrison was arrested by Dade County a few days after his performance in Miami. He was charged of one felony and three misdemeanors related to indecent behavior he displayed on stage. 1956 U.S.A.: The US Supreme Court upholds a ban on racial segregation in state schools, colleges and universities, When the University of North Carolina appeals against an earlier ruling which ordered college officials to admit three black students to what was previously an all-white University. 1908 U.S.A.: Unfortunately, 165 small lives were lost in a Cleveland, Ohio School Fire on this day. This event occurred at the Lake View School in Collingwood. It was thought at first that this tragedy had originated from the school furnace. However, later evidence had revealed that it actually started from beneath a hall stairway between the basement and first floor. 1920 U.S.A.: It was reported on this day that ...
Wonder if we've put the fox in the hen house? North Carolina is one of the reddest states in America. We have a Republican Governor and Lt. Governor ... A Republican majority on the state Supreme Court... Nine of our thirteen U.S. Congressmen are Republican. Our state General Assembly is dominated by Republicans -- with a 33-17 majority in the State Senate, and a 77–43 majority in the State House of Representatives. That's a veto-proof super-majority! Nullifying ObamaCare should be a slam dunk! What Republican would be against ending ObamaCare? Earlier this week, the NC State Senate passed S 4. If it becomes law, it will block implementation of ObamaCare in North Carolina. But, we need to keep up the pressure. If we don't, then the statists might derail our efforts to stop ObamaCare in North Carolina. Why? As they say ... follow the money! You see, Governor Pat McCrory is worried that if S 4 passes the House, North Carolina will have to return $40 million in federal grants from Barack Obama. The mone .. ...
FREEDOM RIDERS "At our first stop in Virginia . . . I [was] confronted with what the Southern white has called `separate but equal.' A modern rest station with gleaming counters and picture windows was labelled `White,' and a small wooden shack beside it was tagged `Colored.'" -- Freedom Rider William Mahoney In 1947, the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) planned a "Journey of Reconciliation," designed to test the Supreme Court's 1946 decision in the Irene Morgan case, which declared segregated seating of interstate passengers unconstitutional. An interracial group of passengers met with heavy resistance in the upper South. Some members of the group served on a chain gang after their arrest in North Carolina. The Journey of Reconciliation quickly broke down. Clearly the South, even the more moderate upper South, was not ready for integration. Nearly a decade and a half later, John F. Kennedy was elected president, in large part due to widespread support among blacks who believed that Kennedy was more sy ...
Today in Black History for February 1st 1997 - First 24-Hour Black Movie Channel 2. 1990 - Original Sit-In Revisited In Greensboro, North Carolina, Joseph McNeil, Jibreel Khazan (Ezell Blair), Franklin McCain and David Richond repeated the original sit-in of 30 years prior, by having breakfast at the Greensboro Woolworth store. 3. 1990 - Ida Wells Postage Stamp Issued Ida Wells, a black reformer who compiled records on lynching, is the subject of a United States Postal Service stamp. 4. 1937 - Actor/Comedian Garrett Morris born Actor/Comedian Garrett Morris, formerly of Saturday Night Live, born in New Orleans, Louisiana. 5. 1902 - Langston Hughes One of the most famous poets, Langston Hughes was born in the year 1902. Hughes came from the Harlem Renaissance, the early stages of the Black Arts Movement. Hughes was well known in the streets of Harlem, making him one of the greatest poets of all time. Before his death in 1967 6. 1887 - J. Robinson patents food carrier Robinson, J. Dinner Pail Feb. 01, 1887 ...
This comes to us from the Democratic Women of NC. Write a postcard to Governor McCrory urging him to expand Medicaid in North Carolina as part of implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Here's the story: While the Supreme Court said the Affordable Care Act was constitutional, it also said that states couldn't be required to participate in the Medicaid expansion. This is how the Affordable Care Act covers about 17 million adults and families across the US who make less than 133% of the Federal poverty level ($15,000/yr for an individual; $29,000/yr for a family of 4). Governor McCrory has just hired a woman as his Director of Medicaid services who is opposed to Medicaid expansion. The grounds are that it will cost the state money: $830 million over the first 6 years. But during that same time, the Federal government will pay $15.5 billion for Medicaid costs in NC that will cover 93% of the costs for nearly 500,000 adults and families that are currently not eligible for Medicaid and have no other acc ...
RELIGION 1880 The Baptist Foreign Mission Convention of the United States of American was formed at a meeting in Montgomery, Alabama, on November 24, 1880. W. W. Colley became the first corresponding secretary. Not only did the convention support African missions abroad, at home it was an anti-liquor and anti-tobacco organization. Colley had been a missionary sponsored by the Southern Baptist Convention in Africa from 1875 to 1879, and did not agree with that convention's treatment of Africans. UNTIED STATES Coast Guard 1880 The Pea Island, North Carolina, Lifesaving Station was the first (and only) all-black Coast Guard facility. Richard Etheridge, a former slave, established it. All traces of the station have now been washed away, but the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island has an exhibit of the original station. U.S. SUPREME COURT 1880 - Samuel R. Lowery (1832-c. 1900) on Feb 2, 1880, was the first black lawyer to argue a case before the Supreme Court. This first is distinct from John Sweat Rock' ...
What a Great Day! The Taking of the Oath Ceremony for Justice Paul Martin Newby. A really up-lifting event for a Fine gentleman. Then we saw several of my Patriot friends, Jack Brosch, Stephen Bennett, Jason Saine, Marcus Kindley, Lee Haywood and wife lovely wife Brenda, Kevin Daniels and others at the reception afterwards at the NC State Capitol Building. Had the chance to visit the NC Supreme Court and the Chambers of Justice Newby. Looking forward to seeing a lot more of my NC Patriot friends tomorrow at the Dan Forest and Alice Forest event after the official Swearing In Ceremony for the Council of State. It's a GREAT Day to be a Citizen of the State of North Carolina and to celebrate what ALL of us have accomplished together through our hard work and dedication over the last 3 years! REMEMBER BENGHAZI!!
About four hours after the fishing charter boat Citation left dock on the Outer Banks to compete in one of the country's richest deep-sea fishing tournaments, crewmembers were in the fight of their lives. Something huge was hooked, but it was invisible to human sight as it dove for the ocean bottom about 27 miles off the North Carolina coast. Five hours later they hauled up a monster, an 883-pound blue marlin. They knew the silvery-blue torpedo of muscle bigger than a bear would mean a huge payday in the June 2010 Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament when they recorded their catch in coastal Morehead City. "When we finally saw it we couldn't believe it," the Citation's captain, Eric Holmes of Buxton, said at the time. "To catch a fish this big ... it's something. It really is. We got lucky and it's good to be lucky." But their luck soured. The boat's owners landed in a fight for the $910,000 in prize money that continues Tuesday with arguments to North Carolina's Supreme Court. Tournament officials disqualifie ...
Dear NC Patriot, The week before last, lame-duck Governor Bev Perdue found a way to throw North Carolinians under the bus one last time before leaving office. As the deadline closed in for states to decide whether to help implement ObamaCare Exchanges or tell the Feds to take a hike, she buckled to pressure from the Left and decided to split the difference. She accepted $73.5 million in federal grant money to set up a hybrid state/federal-run ObamaCare Exchange in North Carolina. While the U.S. Supreme Court found the individual mandate to purchase insurance Constitutional – albeit reclassified as a tax – they also found that the federal government cannot force states to comply with federal mandates on the threat of losing existing federal funding. The court said that, "the legitimacy of Congress's exercise of the spending power...rests on whether the State voluntarily and knowingly accepts the terms of the contract." (Emphasis added.) They went on to confirm that states have the right as independent ...
Thank you "The Other 98%": "Historians are often asked what the Founders would think about various aspects of contemporary life. Such questions can be tricky to answer. But as historians of the Revolutionary era we are confident at least of this: that the authors of the Second Amendment would be flabbergasted to learn that in endorsing the repu blican principle of a well-regulated militia, they were also precluding restrictions on such potentially dangerous property as firearms, which governments had always regulated when there was “real danger of public injury from individuals.”* *(A group of Pulitzer-Prize winning American legal historians from Stanford, University of Chicago, Princeton, Ohio State, MIT, University of Virginia, University of Michigan and University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, giving expert testimony to the Supreme Court in 2008)
John is admitted to practice in all state courts of North Carolina, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a graduate of the Professional Trial Lawyers Institute and the advance course in Tria
Karl Rove, the “Architect” lost the investments of over $300 million dollars of the “Super Pack” money. The architect was supposed to deliver Romney as President to the Koch Brothers and the other 1% in the States. How can people who promise a great investment as a seller couldn’t sell anything; actually he did. He barely scooped North Carolina from the 9 Swing States that he promised that the GOP would take. Karl Rove thought that he could have used money for advertisements to portray President Obama negatively, but he underestimated the organizational ability of the Democratic Party who has been planning to counter act the decisions of the Supreme Court to allow the Super Pack to be legal. The Democrats went on a grass root campaign by going door to door or The “BOOTS” that involved thousands of unions’ workers and volunteers. Something the GOP couldn’t perceive. The President of the steel workers reminded all of us of the reasons why the corporations want to deregulate organization of ...
Dear John, Last night was a thrilling victory for President Obama and a great night for our country. I'm sure we will all rest better knowing our nation will be led for the next four years by a President who is fighting for opportunity and prosperity for all. In North Carolina, the outlook is less rosy. Right-wing conservatives have taken control of the state legislature, governorship and the NC Supreme Court. The losses are disappointing but it's important to remember how the deck was stacked against us from the beginning. Millions in corporate dollars, gerrymandered legislative districts and lingering unemployment worked against us. Not all the news was bad, however: Our Council of State remains competent and strong, thanks to wins by June Atkinson, Janet Cowell, Beth Wood, Elaine Marshall and Wayne Goodwin. This year has proved to be a great year for women candidates, not just nationally but here in North Carolina. We saw strong progressive women elected in many counties, including Rep. Earline Parmon ...
As a prolife / profamily conservative, this presidental election result has been a great disappointment. I am very concerned for the direction of our nation. However there have been some very significant conservative victories in North Carolina races as follows. We have a conservative Governor, very conservative Lt. Governor, solid conservative majority in the NC House, with 77 of 120; 32 of 50 in the NC Senate; and maintained the conservative majority on the NC Supreme Court with the reelection of Justice Paul Newby! We elected Norman Sanderson to the NC Senate, Michael Speciale and John Bell to the NC House and we also elected conservative local judges, who were running in non partisan races with David MacFadyen and Clinton Rowe. David Hale was elected to the School Board in Craven County as well.
North Carolina we can be proud. We voted Romney and common sense over more big government. We won both Governor and Lt Governor and flipped 3 house seats to the GOP and we re-elected Justice Newby to the state Supreme Court. Generations from now people will say those voters in NC got it right...
North Carolina Friends, Check out these 4 conservative judges. You can not vote straight party ticket and elect the Judges. These judges are critical tp the conservative movement. Jim Look Below This is a grassroots effort to get votes for our NC conservative judges on the ballot. Please pass this along and make a note for when you vote. Thanks, Mona - Forwarded message - Here's the breakdown on the judges.please pass this along to your network.CRITICAL! Dear Republican Friends, I am a Republican lawyer in North Carolina, and I want to remind everyone just how critical the judicial elections are this year. If we elect Pat McCrory, a Republican Council of State, and a Republican General Assembly, it will all be for naught if we lose control of the NC Supreme Court and Court of Appeals to the Democrats. If we reelect Justice Newby, we keep control of our state Supreme Court by a 4-3 margin. If we elect David S. Robinson, Marty McGee and Chris Dillon, we flip control the Court of Appeals to Republican ...
North Carolina is the only state that requires presidential write-in candidates to file a petition if they wish their write-ins to be counted, and then a requirement of 500 valid signatures before August is needed. Getting on the actual ballot is a massive chore in and of it self due to VERY restrictive requirements. A couple of years ago, the NC Libertarian Party, supported by the NC Green Party, sued the state over ballot access. The state Supreme Court, with a Democratic majority, ruled against the suit, saying that free and open ballots were not guaranteed by the constitution. Both the Democrats and the Republicans have designed our laws to prevent their parties from facing any serious challenges on the ballot. It is with that in mind, and the fact the Libertarian Party tried to force the state to actually be democratic, that I am endorsing both Libertarians Gary Johnson for President and Barbara Howe for Governor here in North Carolina. Libertarians are ignorant of economics and I would never vote fo ...
A New Campaign for a Critical Turning Point in Women's Rights As we approach the 40th anniversary of the historic U.S. Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade, it has never been clearer what is at stake for women’s constitutional Reproductive Rights if the onslaught of anti-choice measures is allowed to continue. These laws place women at risk of grave harm. They demean and humiliate women. And they build significant barriers between women and safe, essential reproductive-health-care services. For the last 20 years, the Center for Reproductive Rights has been dedicated exclusively to advancing Reproductive Rights and defending them against these attacks. Just this past year, the Center has blocked extreme attacks on women’s rights and health care in Arizona, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, and Oklahoma. But this battle cannot be waged only in the courts. It’s time that a woman’s right to safe and accessible reproductive health care be safeguarded from the political tactic ...
Once again, the rumors about straight ticket voting arise. Voters in states that don't even have straight ticket voting are being warned against it. Straight ticket voting is only available in Alabama, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and West Virginia. Only in North Carolina must you vote separately for president/Vice President if voting straight ticket. My thinking on the reason behind these misleading emails? They assume (erroneously) EVERY African American vote is a vote for President Obama. But if we believe it's a multiple step process, we'll stop at President/Vice President and forget the rest. With record length ballots this year (Converse has a 59 screen ballot), other races could be lost...crucial Board of Education, Supreme Court, countless legislative and other positions. Personally, I'm willing to stand all day in the booth to ensure the right thing (as I see it) is done. Here are some links... Fake Group Hands Out Fliers Meant To ...
Vote Ervin for Supreme Court Supreme Court Sam Ervin IV The most important reason to turn over your ballot this year? Sam Ervin IV. As the Raleigh News & Observer put it, "the second most watched race in North Carolina after the presidential race may not be the governor's race, but the N.C. Supreme Court race." That's because the race between GOP Justice Paul Newby and his Democratic challenger, Sam Ervin could tip the balance of the court, deciding everything from the legislative redistricting case that will likely be heard by the court next year, to any possible decisions drifting from the recent passage of Amendment One. If Ervin wins and Republicans lose their majority on the state Supreme Court, much of what a very conservative legislature has done could be overturned after inevitable lawsuits work their way up the judicial ladder.
Voters won't find an R or a D by Paul Newby and Sam Ervin IV's names when they make a choice for Supreme Court Justice this fall. "This is about qualifications," Newby told an audience during a debate held by the Federal Society's local chapter in Raleigh. Ervin told the same group, "I do not believe a judge should be a Republican judge, a Democratic judge or any other kind of judge." But political operatives and legal experts say the race is being watched closely by both parties and expect that an infusion of campaign cash late in the game could help decide the race and perhaps tilt one particular court case. North Carolina's Supreme Court has seven justices. Newby, a Republican, is seeking a second eight-year term. He is part of a four-member majority held by members of the GOP. Writers who follow the court say the partisan dynamic is rarely in evidence. Ervin is the grandson of Watergate-era U.S. Sen. Sam J. Ervin Jr., a brand name in North Carolina politics. Although he doesn't play up the connection ...
Abraham Baldwin 1754-1807 Georgia Born in Connecticut, religious fanatic, chaplain in Revolutionary army, wealthy, teacher at Yale, lawyer in Georgia, large slave owner, killed several, politician, representative and senator. Richard Bassett 1745-1815 Delaware Born in Maryland, revolutionary, captain in Revolution, Christian crazy, Methodist bishop, US judge, politician, senator. Gunning Bedford (Junior) 1747-1812 Delaware Born in Philadelphia, unbalanced, manic, wealthy, lawyer, US district judge. John Blair 1732-1800 Virginia Born in Virginia of a wealthy, prominent family, one of the older delegates, owned and used many slaves, had black mistress, a drinking buddy of George Washington, he made him one of the first Supreme Court Justices, he did nothing. William Blount 1749-1800 North Carolina Born in North Carolina, greedy, crook, one of the founders of Tennessee, owned slaves, expelled from the Senate, involved in real estate swingles. David Brearl(e)y 1745-1790 New Jersey Born in New Jersey, well off ...
On September 15, 1905, Republican Congressman James O'Hara died. He was 61 years old. Congressman O'Hara, who represented North Carolina's 2nd District, was raised in New York City. O'Hara, later, moved to North Carolina and taught at schools for black children in New Bern and Goldsboro. In 1884, O'Hara tried to get the House to address the Supreme Court decision which declared the Civil Rights Bill of 1875 unconstitutional. But the democrat-majority, in the House, refused to hear the matter.
A generation has been lost with the passing of Andy Griffith. The generation that grew up with Mayberry and Opie and Andy and Barney and Aunt B are the ones who elected Eisenhower, Kennedy, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, members of the Supreme Court, and politicians who also held many of those values from the small North Carolina town. There was a little of all of us in those characters. And during those years America indeed became the greatest country in the world. We were the power to be dealt with across the planet. It scares me to think that the generation that watches Jersey Shore, Gene Simmons Family Jewels, Keeping up with the Kardashians, 16 and pregnant, and Bad Girls Club is going to elect the next president of these United States. No wonder America is losing its grip and standing in the world. As goes the morals of a nation, so goes the nation. There is a day of reckoning coming.
Supreme Court upholds key provision in SB1070 -- Hope was in at the Court today when the opinion was read: "In a split decision that was unanimous on its key provision, with Justice Anthony Kennedy delivering the majority opinion, the court upheld to a limited extent, a highly controversial statute that allowed Arizona police officers to check the immigration status of anyone stopped or detained for legal reasons, but struck down other portions of law aimed at discouraging illegal immigration. Justice Elena Kagan recused herself from the case, having defended the government position on the case in her previous role as U.S. Solicitor General." Read more below. House bill would open beach access, protect old growth trees -- From Audrey: "The act restores public and motorized access to 26 miles of North Carolina's Cape Hatteras National Seashore, which Human Events reported earlier this spring was closed off because a bird listed as an endangered species was nesting in the area. "This is about jobs and taxpa ...
"SuperPACs come in all amounts and affiliations. You don't have to spend millions, although a gift that size certainly won't be turned aside. Just two examples: Cable TV tycoon Marc Nathanson got a super PAC for his friend, longtime Democratic Congressman Howard Berman from California, and all it cost was $100,000. Down in North Carolina, Republican congressional candidate George Holding received a handsome super PAC that includes $100,000 each from an aunt and uncle and a quarter of a million from a bunch of his cousins. Yes, nothing says family like a great big, homemade batch of campaign contributions." From Bill Moyers. You will be relieved to recall the observation of the five conservative members of the Supreme Court when addressing their Citizens United decision... that the operations of 501 SuperPACs will not have any contact with the candidate who is running for office.
"58% of undergraduate students from the 2010-2011 year received Pell grants which are meant to go to students from low income families. More dishonesty from North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue's administration. Switching to be a right-to-work state helped Indiana pull in a new employer. Yup. Government subsidies of "clean energy" is just wasting money. It wasn't an Obamacare decisions, but the Supreme Court did deal the Obama administration another setback."
TAR HEEL TRAVELER / James Wilson'S GRAVE (Wed., May 23): He was a founding father, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, a framer of the US Constitution, one of the first US Supreme Court judges--and most people don't know him. James Wilson ended up dead in Edenton and was buried there for more than 100 years. That is, until his home state of Pennsylvania decided it wanted him back, dug up the body, and hauled him out of North Carolina. Watch tonight on WRAL at 5:55!
*** Marriage in America Chris Freimuth May 20, 2012 This is a really big deal. Let me re-phrase that: This is a really, really big deal. Less than two weeks ago, President Obama came full circle with his "evolution" on *** rights, publicly stating his support for same-sex marriage. A week later, an article in the NY Times reported on notable psychiatrist Robert Spitzer's apology for backing the harmful practice of *** "reparative therapy." And just this weekend, the NAACP gave its public support for *** marriage. States are increasingly moving in the direction of letting us tie the knot (it's ok North Carolina, we all make mistakes…), and the Supreme Court is staring down a long line of cases on the issue. What's going on?! When my parents were kids, homosexuality was considered a "disorder" by the American Psychiatric Association, and every state in the nation had sodomy laws criminalizing homosexual behavior. That was the 1960s and early '70s; depending on one's position, homosexuals were either ...
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Unlike President Abraham Lincoln, signing the Emancipation Proclamation only after a Union victory on the battlefield (and then only emancipating slaves in certain states), President Barack Obama chose to publicly declare his belief that equality under the law -- the freedom to choose, Free Will, free expression of belief -- is paramount to anyone's personal beliefs, religious or otherwise. He did it after a monumental defeat for the US Constitution, in the form of a voter referendum in North Carolina, through which fellow human beings declared they were superior to me, and to others like me, who happen to be very much in love with someone of the same gender. LGBT individuals -- or those of ANY letter whatsoever -- are entitled to equal protection of the law under the United States Constitution. I'm proud I voted for the first President to say so, in public. But then, he's had the steel to call out the US Supreme Court for "Citizens United". He called out (R) Paul Ryan -- to his face -- for a "Path to Pro ...
Here's an excerpt from secret documents generated by the National Organization for Marriage, key proponents of the just-passed North Carolina constitutional amendment banning "domestic legal unions" (a term not defined, and which could apply to heterosexual as well as *** unmarried couples). The excerpt was reportedly unearthed by the NAACP of North Carolina, according to "Democracy Now" host Amy Goodman. ""The strategic goal of this project is to drive a wedge between *** and blacks — two key Democratic constituencies. Find, equip, energize and connect African American spokespeople for marriage; develop a media campaign around their objections to *** marriage as a civil right; provoke the *** marriage base into responding by denouncing these spokesmen and women as bigots. No politician wants to take up and push an issue that splits the base of his party. Fanning the hostility raised in the wake of Prop 8 is key to raising the costs of pushing *** marriage to its advocates ... find attractive young bla ...
Glenn Greenwald: Obama insisted that it is up to the states to decide; thus, writes Serwer, “Obama has endorsed marriage equality federalism—not the notion that marriage for *** and *** is a fundamental right guaranteed by the Constitution that can never be taken away.” He adds, correctly, that Obama has merely “adopted the same position that Vice President *** Cheney did in 2004, when Cheney said he believed in marriage equality but that the states should be allowed to decide by a show of hands, as North Carolina did Tuesday, whether *** and *** have the same rights as everyone else.” Cheney back then — like Obama today — said that he believes same-sex couples should be able to legally marry. That’s marriage equality. It may be true that each believes that it’s an issue for the states to decide — which means that they believe there is no Constitutional right for same-sex couples to marry — but ultimately, this issue is likely to be democratically decided on a state-by-s ...
I know people are bent out of shape over North Carolina today. But I'm pretty sure there are five votes on the Supreme Court ready to end this injustice. And this continued trampling of rights at the ballot box, might actually help steel Justice Kennedy to make the right decision.
As a *** right activist, I have always followed developments that concern *** rights and equality, one of which is same-sex marriage. In the United States of America, several States had already allowed such kind of marriage, either legislatively or judicially. On the other hand, in North Carolina where my favorite novelist Nicholas Sparks lives, by the way, now bans in its Constitution same-sex marriage and limits marriage's definition to heterosexual couples. Hence, neither can the North Carolina Legislature nor its Supreme Court allow same-sex marriage. This pains me yet it doesn't dissuade me from fighting.
North Carolina just became the 31st state to correctly put a ban against sodomite marriage in to their State Constitution. Since it takes 38 states voting FOR an Amendment to the Constitution, it's quite obvious that sodomite marriage won't be approved by the States in the form of an amendment to the Constitution any time soon. What does that leave? Judicial fiat. 9 unelected Supreme Court Justices. And Obama is going to get re-elected. And you'd better hope and pray the conservative ones can stay healthy until a REAL conservative gets back in there (it's not going to be Mittens, and he, being the Father of Sodomite Marriage in America, might be WORSE than Obama on this issue). And it's possible that these 31 State Constitutions could be ruled unconstitutional with the CURRENT slate of Supreme Court Justices. Anthony Kennedy, the usual swing vote, doesn't strike me as very socially conservative at all.
To the people who believe that Amendment One in North Carolina will end the 'evil' of *** marriage.I point you to Loving v. Virginia (1964). Mildred Loving (black) and Richard Loving (white) were incarcerated (put in jail for the ignorant) in Virginia simply because they were an interracial married couple. Guess what? The Lovings sued and the Supreme Court agreed. Religious fundamentalism and bigotry has no place in the law books of America, and this has been demonstrated time and time again. Amendment One will probably pass, due to the vast ignorance of NC voters. Fortunately, it will be overturned as all states laws against *** marriage will be, because it is contrary to civil liberties and to what the Constitution of the United States intended. God may say that a marriage is between a man and a woman, but I have news for you: 'God' had nothing to do with the American constitution. Thomas Jefferson, one of the founding fathers, was the first to coin the phrase 'separation of church and state' in 1802, a ...
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