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Entries by Geoffrey R. Stone from 01/2013

Cardinal George, Same-Sex Marriage and the Law of Nature

| Posted 01.01.2013 | Gay Voices

With the Illinois legislature poised to consider a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, Chicago's Cardinal George insists that same-sex marriage is incompatible with "nature." One might just as easily the same about celibacy.

The Illinois Senate, Same-Sex Marriage and the Catholic Church

| Posted 01.03.2013 | Gay Voices

Like any legal concept, "marriage" can evolve over time. Indeed, that is the very nature of law. As scientific, economic, social, political, cultural, moral and psychological understandings change over time, so too do legal concepts.

Guns: Put Up or Shut Up!

| Posted 01.05.2013 | Politics

Those who want to see more rational gun laws in the United States have to do more than complain about the NRA. We have to ask ourselves: Do we care enough about this issue to DO something about it?

The Gun Debate

| Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics

My recent post on gun control generated more than 1,500 comments. At least 80 percent of them were from people who oppose gun control. The rest, as a group, made five arguments that deserve a response.

Understanding the Second Amendment

| Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics

It is time for opponents of gun control to stop mindlessly shouting "The Second Amendment!!" as if that ends the discussion. It does not. Just as there is no First Amendment right to falsely yell fire in a crowded theatre, there is no Second Amendment right to carry an AK-47 there.

Are Civil Unions 'Good Enough' for Same-Sex Couples?

| Posted 01.18.2013 | Gay Voices

The denial of the "title" of marriage serves only one purpose -- to denigrate and diminish the dignity of the same-sex or interracial or interfaith or Catholic or African-American unions. It is a mean-spirited and cruel insult to the loving commitments made by such couples.

Roe at 40!

| Posted 01.22.2013 | Politics

Roe v. Wade was a triumph of American constitutional law. It changed the world in a fundamental way. Those who wish that Roe had never been decided would return us to a world of gender oppression, back-alley abortions and personal degredation.

What Is a Liberal?

| Posted 01.24.2013 | Politics

For most of the past four decades, "liberals" have been in retreat. In many quarters, the word "liberal" has become a pejorative. Part of the problem is that liberals have failed to define themselves and to state clearly what they believe.

The Second Amendment

| Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics

The Second Amendment, like the First Amendment, does not prevent lawmakers from enacting reasonable regulations that do not seriously interfere with the core right guaranteed by the Constitution.