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The breadth of the (Colorado) amendment is so far removed from these particular justifications that we find it impossible to credit them. We cannot say that Amendment 2 is directed to any identifiable legitimate purpose or discrete objective. It is a status-based enactment divorced from any factual context from which we could discern a relationship to legitimate state interests; it is a classification of persons undertaken for its own sake, something the equal protection clause does not permit

Under the U.S. Supreme Court: Kennedy key to gay marriage Aug 15, 2010

One century ago, the first Justice (John Marshall) Harlan admonished this court that the (U.S.) Constitution 'neither knows nor tolerates classes among citizens

Under the U.S. Supreme Court: Kennedy key to gay marriage Aug 15, 2010

Although the First Amendment provides that 'Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech,

Under the U.S. Supreme Court: Ending one rodeo of a term Jul 04, 2010

Liberty protects the person from unwarranted government intrusions into a dwelling or other private places

Under the U.S. Supreme Court: Kennedy key to gay marriage Aug 15, 2010

Many of the candidates had studied for months, at considerable personal and financial expense, and thus the injury caused by the city's reliance on raw racial statistics at the end of the process was all the more severe. Confronted with arguments both for and against certifying the test results -- and threats of a lawsuit either way -- the city was required to make a difficult inquiry. But its hearings produced no strong evidence of a disparate-impact violation (a violation of the rights of minorities), and the city was not entitled to disregard the tests based solely on the racial disparity in the results

Under the U.S. Supreme Court: Affirmative action living on borrowed time? Aug 22, 2010