Friday, April 10, 2015

History, Law and Originalism

It seems appropriate to follow up the day after the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War with a story about South Carolina.

History and the advancement of thought can be difficult concepts for the proponents of originalist interpretation of the Constitution.  Legal instructors have regularly shared with their students the fact that the same Congress who passed the 14th Amendment demanding "equal protection of the laws" also segregated the Washington DC schools on the basis of race.  These kinds of dichotomies in judicial interpretation and modern social thought are fascinating.  The blog post linked below does more than ample justice to its provocative title.  I would not attempt to summarize it or otherwise diminish its concise and powerful message on history, law and originalism.  I hope you enjoy:

South Carolina to SCOTUS: We Can Dsicriminate Against Women, So Why Not Gays?

Click here to read the South Carolina brief for yourself.

Click here to read a related post where Justice Scalia, orginalist-in-chief, confirms that the 14th Amendment should not prevent discrimination against women.

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