Watch Brennan Lecture & interview by Jutsice Roderick Ireland (Coursework Sample)
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Watch Brennan Lecture & interview by Jutsice Roderick Ireland
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identify the role of courts in the protection of civil rights
Explore examples of civil rights protections provided to same sex individuals' requesting the right to marry
What are the arguments, pro and con, for judges insulating themselves from public opinion in important questions such as who should be allowed to marry? Do you agree or disagree with these arguments? On what grounds?
Love and the Law
Justice Roderick Ireland made history in the court ruling that supported same-sex marriages, making Massachusetts the first state in U.S to lift the ban on same-sex marriages. He depicts a character whose decisions are based on integrity and clear understanding of the law, with a determination to shield any outside interference while making court rulings.
Role of courts in the protection of civil rights
The courts ensure that the constitution is interpreted correctlyregardless of opinions of the public or the judges involved and ensure the law is applied correctly to facilitate due process of the law. The courts allows the congress to use the power vested in them in formulating and passing laws that protect the civil rights of citizens by practicing judicial restraint, and applying the enacted laws without prejudice. As Justice Ireland states, the ruling of the court on same-sex marriage was based on their interpretation of the constitution, rather than their personal feelings.
Examples of civil rights protections provided to same sex individuals' requesting the right to marry
Same-sex individuals requesting the right to marry could not be granted marriage licences, but the court ruling under Justice Ireland provided same-sex couples a constitutional right to marry. This granted same-sex couples the right to form a family, which would have been illegal prior to the ruling.This also means that they would have access
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