Supreme Court to Hear Marriage Case
Is the Next Roe V. Wade Coming? Supreme Court to Hear Marriage Case
Today the Supreme Court of the United States announced that it would rule on the constitutional status of state marriage laws. It granted certiorari and consolidated four cases coming out of Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee. The Supreme Court should uphold these laws and respect the constitutional authority of citizens and their elected officials to make marriage policy.
Millions of citizens in these four states went to the polls and voted about the definition of marriage for state law. The majority of citizens in each state voted that the law should continue to recognize marriage as the union of a man and a woman. And last November, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled that these laws do not violate the U.S. Constitution. The Supreme Court should rule likewise.
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Legislative Bills 1108 and 1109
LB1108 and LB 1109 – Parental Consent for Abortion Procedures in Minors
These bills would revoke the requirement for minors to receive counsel and consent from a parent or legal guardian before undergoing an abortion procedure.
Nebraska Family Alliance strongly opposes these bills because:
- Parental consent laws better protect the health and welfare of minors by allowing parents to be directly involved in the medical decisions of their minor daughters and to help them make their best personal choices, including carrying the child to term and not having abortions.
- In Nebraska, parents must give consent for other medical procedures, including ear piercing, tattoos, and the disbursement of aspirin in a school setting. Abortion, which involves a life or death decision, should not be the exception.
- The central issue that brings the parental consent law into query involves the question of who can provide consent for a ward of the state—a minor who is under the guardianship of the Department of Health and Human Services, rather than a parent or foster parent. The problem doesn’t lie with parental consent law. It lies in the Department’s failure to designate a person to either provide or deny consent.
- All young women and girls under the age of 18 who are facing an unplanned pregnancy deserve counsel from a parent or a guardian before making a decision to have an abortion. Requiring parental consent ensures this right.
On Feb. 27, a public hearing was held for LB1108 and LB1109 before the Judiciary Committee. Dave Bydalek, NFA policy director, submitted a letter to express NFA’s opposition to the bills. Read Dave’s letter here: Testimony of Dave Bydalek on LB 1108 and LB 1109
Justices may strike down Massachusetts abortion buffer zone law
The Supreme Court appears likely to strike down a Massachusetts law requiring a 35-foot protest-free zone outside abortion clinics, after hearing arguments Wednesday.
Both liberal and conservative justices on the high court questioned the size of the zone and whether the state could find less restrictive ways to ensure patient access and safety.
The court needs at least five votes to strike down the law, which seemed possible after Justice Elena Kagan said she was “hung up” over the size of the zone.
Nobody has been prosecuted under the 2007 law, which Massachusetts officials and clinic employees have said has resulted in less congestion outside the clinics.
The court last considered abortion clinic protest zones in 2000, when it upheld a Colorado law.
But it was hard to tell whether the court might also upend its 2000 ruling in support of the Colorado zone, which has been criticized by free speech advocates for unfairly restricting protesters’ rights. (more…)
Federal judge strikes down Okla. same-sex marriage ban
Oklahoma’s gay marriage ban violates the U.S. Constitution, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday.
U.S. District Judge Terrence Kern handed down the ruling in a lawsuit filed by two same-sex couples. Kern immediately stayed his ruling pending appeals, meaning gay marriages won’t happen in Oklahoma right away.
The gay couples had sued for the right to marry and to have a marriage from another jurisdiction recognized in Oklahoma.
The Oklahoma ruling comes about a month after a federal judge in Utah overturned that state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Hundreds of couples got married there before the U.S. Supreme Court intervened, putting a halt to the weddings until the courts sort out the matter. Kern, whom Fox 25 reports is a Clinton, Okla. native, cited that case in issuing the stay of his own ruling. (more…)