For the conservatives on the court it's a "State's Rights" issue and for the liberals it's a "Civil Rights" issue, but both those points-of-view could spell the end of the Congress-created Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 (aka DOMA) as federal law.
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It boiled down to the government has the right levy a tax. But considering that the government already has multiple social welfare programs going involving health care -- from Medicare to Medicaid to veterans' health care, etc. -- I was always more surprised that people were fighting the legality of it in court rather than hashing it out in Congress to modify the existing law. But in a 5-4 decision where Chief Justice John Roberts joined Justices Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor in upholding the law, the signature legislation of the Obama Administration was allowed to remain unchanged. The descending votes came, unsurprisingly from Justices Anthony Kennedy, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, who felt the law was an overreach and should have been struck down completely.
I'm back ... on NPR's "Tell Me More" with Michel Martin this Wednesday. We'll be talking about the recent Supreme Court decision on Arizona's controversial anti-illegal immigration law, women "not" being able to have it all and that horrible Fifty Shades of Grey book that's oh-so-popular. I'll post the audio of the chatfest when it goes live later today online. Check your local NPR listings for Tell Me More.
Roll Call is reporting that a group of Democrats are now pushing for Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice to investigate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas for his failure to disclose his wife's income. Thomas, like all Supreme Court Justices, is sitting on a life-time seat on the highest court in the land. After almost two decades of not-nary-a-peep out of him on or off the bench, the last few years have been full of odd Thomas news, from his promotional book tour, to his wife's controversial involvement in a conservative Tea Party think tank, to his wife reignighting the Anita Hill debacle by calling Professor Hill's office early one Sunday morning and demanding she apologize for being sexually harassed by Thomas, then ... most bizarrely, having all his "sexcapades" published by his ex-lover Lillian McEwen. Coincidence?
After channelling the 90s and reminding everyone of how gross that testimony against Clarence Thomas was during his Supreme Court confirmation hearings, Thomas' wife, Virginia "Ginni" Thomas is stepping down from her lead role with the grass roots conservative group she founded in May, Liberty Central.