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Constitutional Law

2010

Mark Strasser

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Equal Protection, Same-Sex Marriage, And Classifying On The Basis Of Sex, Mark Strasser Jul 2010

Equal Protection, Same-Sex Marriage, And Classifying On The Basis Of Sex, Mark Strasser

Mark Strasser

Over the past several years, several plaintiffs have challenged same-sex marriage bans under the respective state constitution’s equal protection guarantees. Some state supreme courts have struck down those laws on that basis, whereas others have not. This lack of uniformity is unsurprising, both because the language in one state constitution might differ from that of another and because, even where the language is the same, the jurisprudence in the respective states fleshing out the depth and breadth of the guarantees might differ. What seems more surprising is that courts cannot even agree about whether same-sex marriage bans employ a ...


Advocacy, True Threats, And The First Amendment, Mark Strasser Jul 2010

Advocacy, True Threats, And The First Amendment, Mark Strasser

Mark Strasser

Brandenburg v. Ohio is thought by many to represent an extremely speech-protective doctrine. Yet, much of the protection offered by Brandenburg can easily be swallowed up by the true threat doctrine, which provides the basis for a robust exception to First Amendment protections. Both the Brandenburg protections and the true threat exception are important to maintain—the great challenge for the Court is to include both within the formulation and articulation of First Amendment jurisprudence so that sufficient protection is afforded to the implicated societal and the individual interests represented by each. Regrettably, rather than provide helpful guidelines that would ...


Same-Sex Marriage And The Right To Privacy, Mark Strasser Apr 2010

Same-Sex Marriage And The Right To Privacy, Mark Strasser

Mark Strasser

Over the past decade, several state appellate courts have analyzed whether their respective state constitutions protect the right to marry a same-sex partner. Those courts addressing the issue have differed both in their analyses and in their ultimate conclusions, although there have been striking similarities among those courts upholding same-sex marriage bans and among those striking them down, differences in wording among the respective state constitutional provisions notwithstanding. This article focuses on the due process analyses offered by the different courts, concluding that all of these decisions help demonstrate why the right to marry a same-sex partner should be found ...


On Same-Sex Marriage And Matters Of Conscience, Mark Strasser Feb 2010

On Same-Sex Marriage And Matters Of Conscience, Mark Strasser

Mark Strasser

In our increasingly diverse society, it is ever-more important to teach tolerance of and respect for those having differing sexual orientations and religious beliefs. It thus might seem an ideal solution to include conscience clauses in legislation affording same-sex couples the right to marry, whereby individuals with religious qualms about being in any way associated with such marriages may be legally excused from doing so. Yet, by creating one exception specifically for same-sex marriages rather than a more generalized exception for those with religious qualms about facilitating or being associated with marriages contrary to belief, the state may be undermining ...