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US: Pennsylvania judge in equal marriage challenge case rejects state appeal

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  1. Midnighter 17 Dec 2013, 9:28pm

    As I see it, the constitution serves to ensure that politicians may not make laws which deny basic rights to citizens.

    This seems to be Pennsylvania state effectively taking the position that its citizens have no rights except for those the politicians in power at the time are willing to grant.

    I’m in the UK so I’m sure someone will set me straight if I’ve got that wrong, but if I were a Pennsylvania resident I’d be alarmed about the despotism of my current state leadership.

    1. Midnighter 17 Dec 2013, 9:29pm

      * I understand that the courts have (happily) ruled that they can do no such thing, I was merely astonished that they tried in the first place.

      1. Legislators in the United States are, in general, woefully ignorant of the Constitution and what it allows, particularly the Bill of Rights. They also tend to see things through the filter of their ideology. One of the main, and most important, tasks of the courts is judicial review, measuring laws against the requirements of the Constitution. And in cases such as this, the federal Constitution takes precedence.

        Claiming that the court has no authority to hear the case is just another Hail, Mary on the part of the state.

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