The Arkansas Supreme Court has struck down a state law barring unmarried gay and straight couples from adopting or serving as foster parents. The Court ruled that the law was unconstitutional because it “burdens the privacy rights of ‘opposite-sex and same-sex individuals’ who engage in private, consensual sexual conduct in the bedroom by foreclosing their eligibility to foster or adopt children’’ The law at issue was approved by voters in a 2008 statewide ballot initiative. The law, while neutral on its face, was intended to target gay couples. It would have effectively banned gay and lesbian couples from adopting or fostering children because they can not legally marry in Arkansas. The ACLU brought the suit on behalf of a group of families, while the Alliance Defense Fund, an alliance of Christian lawyers, defended the law in court.
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READ: Thurgood Marshall & the @NAACP_LDF team successfully litigated Brown v Bd of Education. We take issue w/the repeated references to Brown at oral argument in Dobbs this week to justify overturning Roe v Wade. We’re setting the record straight. https://www.naacpldf.org/press-release/ldf-issues-statement-on-misleading-references-to-brown-v-board-of-education-by-supreme-court-justices/
The Supreme Court just heard Dobbs, a challenge to Roe and Casey. If the petitioners win, Roe could be just the first domino to fall in a series of fundamental rights rulings. I explain what it may mean for 14th Amendment cases going forward. @HarvardCRCL https://tinyurl.com/5n825ydf
If you read nothing else today, read this by @NotesFromHeL. What these children & grandparents are enduring should not be. We need a sane & urgent plan to address gun violence. But Terrez McCleary’s determination & the love of these grandparents… https://www.inquirer.com/news/columnists/inq2/gun-violence-trauma-kids-kalahari-resorts-waterpark-poconos-20211122.html
New #podcast episode: Why does #Gerrymandering matter so much? With @Harvard_Law's @ProfNickStephan. Topics include recent state laws that limit voting and the #VotingRights bills being debated in Congress.
I wrote about the 1st Amendment for @HarvardCRCL! Grateful for the opportunity! "Fidelity to the Constitution should not be optional for lawmakers... It is the bare minimum credential for public service." https://tinyurl.com/nxxtb2aw
Today's the day! The @Harvard_Law Ames Moot Court Competition Finals will start tonight at 7:30pm! Follow along as we live-blog all the action here: https://harvardcrcl.org/ames-moot-court-final-round-november-16-2021/
⚖️ Have you heard? Justice Kagan will be at HLS to judge the Ames Moot Court final round on Tuesday!
If you didn’t win the lottery to view it live, no problem—our journal has a proud tradition of live-blogging the event. Check out our website on Tuesday night to follow along!
We are pleased to join forces with @HLSLambda & @HarvardJLG to launch the inaugural HLS Trans Rights Writing Competition! The winner will receive $1000 & submissions will be considered for publication through the journals’ selection processes. Visit http://tinyurl.com/transrightswriting ✨