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In the run up to this month’s big constitutional showdown over marriage equality, conservatives are trying to turn the tables, claiming that they, in fact, are the beleaguered minority in the case.  Their spin was front and center in Adam Liptak’s recent New York Times piece reporting that “[t]here...
Today we commemorate the 150th anniversary of one of the most tragic events in American history—President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. The “what-ifs” abound.
When it comes to the fight for marriage equality, all eyes are on the Supreme Court and what it will do this June.  But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing happening in the lower courts in the meantime.  Last week, a district court judge in Texas blocked the federal government from enforci

Blog Post Series

Defending the Voting Rights Act

In the wake of an election season in which the Voting Rights Act proved its mettle as the last, best hope against voter suppression efforts, the Supreme Court will be reviewing the constitutionality of a key part of this iconic civil rights statute in a case called ...

Obama Judicial Nominees in Limbo

CAC has documented the U.S. Senate’s  unprecedented obstruction of President Obama’s judicial nominees — under the direction of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). 

CAC in Court

Constitutional Accountability Center chooses the best cases to bring our ideas about the Constitution into court and secure victories in the U.S. Supreme Court, state supreme courts, and federal courts of appeal that move the law closer to the text and history of our Constitution. 

 

Originalist Sins

Conservative Justices like Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas get a great deal of criticism (from the left) and praise (from the right) for being “originalists” and committing to follow the “original meaning” of the Constitution’s text.  Constitutional Accountability Center comes at this debate...

Text & History Blog

April 16, 2015

In the run up to this month’s big constitutional showdown over marriage equality, conservatives are trying to turn the tables, claiming that they, in fact, are the beleaguered minority in the case.  Their spin was front and center in Adam Liptak’s recent New York Times piece reporting that “[t]here are no major law firms urging the justices to rule against gay marriage.”   As Liptak observed, conservatives are claiming that those who “oppose a consti

April 14, 2015

Today we commemorate the 150th anniversary of one of the most tragic events in American history—President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination.

The “what-ifs” abound.