Justice Kennedy divided America

In the span of 30 years on the United States Supreme Court, Justice Anthony Kennedy changed the face of America and, in doing so, created Donald Trump and deepened our political divisions. While Justice Kennedy is receiving great accolades for many important court decisions that he authored, his legacy should be judged by his activism more than by any wisdom he provided. Even after authoring Lawrence and Obergefell, perhaps Justice Kennedy’s greatest effrontery was his 1992 opinion in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, upholding Roe v. Wade, wherein he wrote, “At…

What Could Happen with Same Sex Marriage at the Court?

The Supreme Court will likely render its opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges on Monday, June 29. The Court will answer two questions, commonly referred to as the marriage question and the recognition question: (1) does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex? and (2) does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state? There are a few possible outcomes (remember, the Sixth…

A Tradition of Prayer [Utah Senate Site]

By Wayne Niederhauser President of the Utah Senate The senate begins each legislative day with prayer. Our prayers represent and respect the diversity of religious faith in Utah communities, including Buddhist, Mormon, Jewish, Islamic, Catholic, Protestant and others. Individuals who offer senate prayers are welcome to say what is in their heart, using the language they feel is appropriate. We do not proselytize, exclude, degrade, or prescribe. We agree with today’s United States Supreme Court’s opinion in Town of Greece, N.Y. v. Galloway that prayer is in harmony with the traditions of…