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NJ lawyers call for constitutional amendment after Christie’s questionable judicial picks

Reacting to Christie, NJ lawyers call for constitutional amendment to protect judges (via NJ.com) TRENTON — New Jersey’s largest group of lawyers today called for a rewrite in the state constitution that would strengthen job security for the state’s judges and Supreme Court justices. After seeing Gov. Chris Christie deny…

Texas couples go to court to overturn same-sex marriage ban

By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) – Two gay couples in Texas will ask a federal court this week to overturn an amendment to the state’s constitution barring same-sex marriage that has been staunchly supported by prominent Republican party leaders. Even though 17 states and the District of Columbia…

Same-sex marriage ban needed to ‘regulate sexual relationships,’ Mich. officials say

Michigan’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage is necessary to “regulate sexual relationships,” argued attorneys representing the state and its Republican governor. The ban is needed to encourage population growth, attorneys argued in a brief opposing a motion filed by a couple who have challenged the state’s ban on gay marriage.…

Minnesotans to decide voter ID law in November

Residents in Minnesota will decide this November whether voters must show government-issued photographic identification before casting a ballot, according to the Associated Press. The constitutional amendment passed by a party-line vote in the Senate on Wednesday, with Democrats opposing the measure. Republicans said the proposed amendment would protect against voter…

‘Personhood’ bill introduced to Mississippi legislature again

Three Republican and one Democratic Mississippi legislator have authored a proposed amendment to the state’s constitution that would defined “a person” as beginning at the moment of conception, according to Talking Points Memo. The Right to Life Amendment of 2012 is intended to ban abortion and to set up a…

New Mexico calls on Congress to overturn Citizens United ruling

The New Mexico state legislature has approved a resolution that urges the U.S. Congress to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC. “This marks a major victory for the constitutional amendment movement to reclaim our democracy,” said John Bonifaz, director of…

Sen. Sanders files amendment to end corporate personhood

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced a constitutional amendment to the U.S. Senate on Thursday that would overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United ruling. The decision held that corporations have the same First Amendment rights as people, and that political spending was free speech. The ruling allowed corporations to…

Los Angeles votes to end corporate personhood

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to support a resolution calling for a constitutional amendment that would assert that corporations are not entitled to constitutional rights, and that money is not the same as free speech. The resolution was backed by Move to Amend, a national coalition working to…

Swing Your Partner Round And Round

Lindsey Graham is threatening the fifty-second Republican constitutional amendment of the past ten years because habeas corpus was upheld. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) vowed Thursday to do everything in his power to overturn the Supreme Court’s decision on Guantanamo Bay detainees, saying that, “if necessary,” he would push for a…

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