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Newswire: “Under God” is constitutional in Texas

October 20, 2010 by Dr. Steve Frank


Every day the Constitution Newswire selects the most Constitutionally relevant stories on the web. On Wednesdays, Steve Frank will recap the best of the best with links to the actual Constitution. If you would prefer a daily dose of headlines, sign up for the Constitution Newswire newsletter today.Military Recruiters Told to Accept Gay ApplicantsOctober 20, 2010

For the first time in the nation’s history, the military this week began accepting openly gay recruits. The policy change came in the wake of a federal judge’s ruling in California that overturned the 1993 “don’t ask, don’t tell” law. Implementation of the policy has vexed the Obama administration. Should safeguarding constitutional rights outweigh the Pentagon’s concern that it needs more time to prepare new regulations and train and educate service members about the change? [In the Constitution]

Arizona Lawmakers Preparing Citizenship LegislationOctober 20, 2010

The Arizona state senator who wrote the nation’s toughest law against illegal immigrants said this week that he is gathering support from legislators across the country to challenge birthright citizenship for the children of illegal immigrants. At issue is the meaning of a clause in the Fourteenth Amendment guaranteeing citizenship to anyone born in the U.S. who is “subject to the jurisdiction” of this country. Are the children of illegal immigrants subject to U.S. jurisdiction? [In the Constitution]

Redistricting Amendments Pit Democrats vs. RepublicansOctober 20, 2010

Battle lines are being drawn in Florida, as they will be throughout the country, over the redistricting taking place, based on 2010 U.S. census population counts. Republicans and Democrats in the nation’s state legislatures will be redrawing political maps in coming months. How will that redistricting affect the 2012 presidential election? [In the Constitution]

Educators Sue Over Ethnic Studies LawOctober 19, 2010

Does an Arizona state law that prohibits school districts from offering courses in ethnic studies violate the Equal Protection law of the 14th Amendment? That’s the claim being made in a federal lawsuit by teachers of Mexican-American studies in the Tucson school district. [In the Constitution]

Alaska Ballot Measure Would Resize LegislatureOctober 18, 2010

Alaskans will decide on Election Day whether to expand the size of their state legislature for the first time since statehood. Would a larger legislature and smaller district sizes reduce the possibility of gerrymandering when political boundaries are re-drawn to conform to the 2010 Census? [In the Constitution]

Discovery of GPS Tracker Becomes a Privacy IssueOctober 17, 2010

Does the use of GPS tracking devices by law enforcement officials violate constitutionally protected privacy rights? The question has federal appeals courts divided. Legal scholars predict that the U.S. Supreme Court will ultimately decide the issue. [In the Constitution]

Court Rules Against Dallas-Area Couple in Bid to Remove “Under God” from Texas PledgeOctober 15, 2010

Inclusion of the words “under God” in the state pledge of allegiance recited by all Texas school children each morning is constitutional, according to a recent federal appeals court ruling.  The Texas legislature added the words “under God” to the state pledge in 2007. [In the Constitution]

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