In 1998, the Iowa legislature, capitulating to a well-funded national campaign against gay marriage, amended the stateâ€™s marriage statute to define marriage as a union between only a man and a woman.Today, in a stunning, courageous, and powerfully written decision, the Iowa Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the stateâ€™s anti-gay marriage statute is invalid because…
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The primary legal issue at tomorrow’s hearing before the California Supreme Court on the same sex marriage Prop 8 case is the narrow and extremely arcane question whether Prop 8 is an amendment to the state constitution or a revision of the state constitution. But appellate cases â€“ and especially high profile and controversial appellate cases — are rarely decided on such narrow and arcane questions of law, even though lawyers and judges must pretend that they are. Whatâ€™s really at stake in the Prop 8 case â€“ and what will probably be the real deciding factor in the California Supreme Courtâ€™s decision â€“ is the power and prestige of the California Supreme Court itself.
As Americans are being forced to choose between buying food for their children or keeping their pets, or between paying for pet food or for their utilities bills, the economic crisis means death for thousands â€” perhaps millions â€” of abandoned dogs and cats.