South Carolina's gay marriage ban was ruled unconstitutional on Wednesday.
U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel issued the ruling in favor of Colleen Condon and Ann Bleckley, a same-sex couple who filed a lawsuit against the state when they were denied a marriage license after applying for one and paying the filing fee in early October.
Gergel granted the state's motion for a temporary stay on issuing gay marriage licenses until Nov. 20.
South Carolina voters passed a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage by a wide majority in 2006. Last month, a U.S. appeals court overturned Virginia's gay marriage ban. Though the court also has jurisdiction over South Carolina, North Carolina and West Virginia, South Carolina was the only state in the circuit to continue denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples following the ruling. Read The Full Story
All over the nation, there's a growing number of parents keeping their children out of the public schools, opting, instead, to explore home schooling. In fact, just in the last 8 or 9 years, according to the US Department of Education, the number of parents choosing homeschool over the public schools DOUBLED from about 850 thousand to nearly 1.8 MILLION. Parents that were surveyed listed all kinds of reasons for the move. Many of them said safety, drug abuse and peer pressure were top concerns. Others pointed to religious restrictions in the public schools. In recent days, almost all of them are pointing at Common Core. One of those mothers is Danielle Widney, from East Ramapo, New York. She's a college graduate, with a Master's in Electrical Engineering, and even SHE says the Common Core math doesn't make any sense. "It's too many tests and too many people telling me what is good for my children," she said. Read The Full Story
It appears the terrorist organization known as Islamic State has been watching the fiasco of fiat money and reading Alan Greenspan and Ron Paul. As The Daily Mail reports, ISIS wants to introduce its own currency and plans to bring back solid gold and silver dinar coins in an attempt to solidify its makeshift caliphate. Around 1500 years after the Dinar was first introduced - made from pure gold and silver - ISIS plans to implement the change within a few weeks, changing changing from regular dinars and Lira to golden dinars and silver dirhams. Read The Full Story
The term “anarcho-capitalism” has, we might say, rather an arresting quality. But while the term itself may jolt the newcomer, the ideas it embodies are compelling and attractive, and represent the culmination of a long development of thought.
If I had to boil it down to a handful of insights, they would be these: (1) each human being, to use John Locke’s formulation, “has a property in his own person”; (2) there ought to be a single moral code binding all people, whether they are employed by the State or not; and (3) society can run itself without central direction.
From the original property one enjoys in his own person we can derive individual rights, including property rights. When taken to its proper Rothbardian conclusion, this insight actually invalidates the State, since the State functions and survives on the basis of systematic violation of individual rights. Were it not to do so, it would cease to be the State. Read The Full Story