"I'd hope and expect Sen. Reid would move as aggressively as he can, given the limits of the lame duck session, to fill as many vacancies as possible," said Doug Kendall, president of the liberal Constitutional Accountability Center.
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Elizabeth Wydra, Chief Counsel for the Constitutional Accountability Center, said, "Simply because a majority of people vote to ban same sex marriage does not mean they can ignore the guarantees and requirements of the Constitution." Wydra is among those who believe same sex couples have a "fundamental right" to marriage, based on the Equal Protection Clause found in the 14th Amendment. She remains cautiously optimistic that a majority of the Justices will agree.
CAC's Elizabeth Wydra joined Bloomberg TV's Trish Regan on "Street Smart" to discuss the latest legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act.
Doug Kendall, president of the Constitutional Accountability Center, which represents members of Congress involved in passage of the act as amicus in King and Halbig, said: "We are disappointed that at least four justices decided to hear this case despite the lack of a circuit split and while this issue is still being actively litigated in the lower courts, but we remain very confident that the court will ultimately find that both the text of the ACA and the intentions of Congress mandate a ruling for the federal government
There is no “will of the majority” exception to the Constitution. Unfortunately, the opinion by U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Jeffrey Sutton upholding the discriminatory marriage laws of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee attempted to create one, exalting majority will over the Constitution’s promise of liberty and equality. Sutton’s opinion is chock full of legal errors, but its most basic is a faulty understanding of majority rule and federalism. The Constitution protects equal rights for all, and gives to the courts the job of preventing oppression of minorities at the hands of the majority. Leaving constitutional safeguards to the voters would place our most precious constitutional guarantees in jeopardy and subject to the whim of majority rule.