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Gay Marriage: Shouldn’t full faith and credit be the next battle?

Question:  What happens when a couple with a valid gay marriage sues a state like Mississippi saying it’s entitled to respect under the Constitution’s requirement of Full Faith and Credit? The clause requires all states give full faith and credit to the “public acts, records, and judicial proceedings of every other state.” Doesn’t that […]

Strange citation of the day: Justice Scalia’s odd invocation of the Confederacy

He writes in the DOMA case:

The majority concludes that the only motive for this Act was the ““bare . . . desire to harm a politically unpopular group.”” Ante, at 20. Bear in mind that the object of this condemnation is not the legislature of some once-Confederate Southern state (familiar objects of the Court’’s scorn, see, e.g., Edwards v. Aguillard, 482 U.S. 578 (1987)), but our respected coordinate branches, the Con- gress and Presidency of the United States.

Quick! What was Edwards about?  How did it show “scorn” to a “once-Confederate Southern state?  Which state?  How did Scalia vote?

Answers await below the fold.

Oh, and I’m almost a winner on the scavenger hunt he proposes in Windsor (yes, he really does propose a scavenger hunt).

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