Tea partiers have a complicated relationship with the Constitution. They frequently profess their love for the document, yet they also seek to fundamentally alter it, for example by eliminating birthright citizenship and by inserting a crippling balanced budget amendment. However, one section of the document that tea partiers appear to be absolutely smitten with is the Tenth Amendment. Unfortunately, their boundless adoration for the Amendment seems to have prevented them from reading it very carefully.
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The United States has had a lot of credit issues lately. But there’s another “credit” debacle, one that is currently sitting on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court: a state’s refusal to give constitutionally-required “full faith and credit” to valid adoptions by gay parents.