Entscheidungen des Supreme Court: Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) verfassungswidrig!

July 2, 2013

Letzte Woche entschied der US-Supreme Court über die Gleichstellung der gleichgeschlechtlichen Ehen mit der verfassungsrechtlich geschützten traditionellen Variante von Mann und Frau. Und siehe da: Trotz der einige Tage zuvor ergangenen Entscheidung, die Rassismus-Schutzklausel im Wahlrecht abzuschaffen, stellten die Richter die Homo-Ehe und die traditionelle Ehe auf Bundesebene gleich und kippten damit ein Bundesgesetz, dass…

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Justice Department Says No to Texas Voter ID Law

April 9, 2012

The U.S. Justice Department has blocked the Texas law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls on grounds that it would disproportionately negatively impact minority voters, thereby violating the 1965 federal Voting Rights Act, which prohibits discriminatory voting practices that disenfranchise minorities. Thomes E. Perez, the Department of Justice’s assistant attorney general for…

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North Carolina & Gerrymandering

April 25, 2011

The word gerrymander appeared for the first time in 1812. Elbridge Gerry was a former governor of Massachusetts. When members of Gerry’s party created an election district which looked like a salamander, both words were combined and soon became to mean “the action of shaping a district to gain political advantage” and/ or “any representative…

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