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June 29, 2015

News from the Future, O-boy-did-we-fall-for-it Edition

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"Remember these? Words. They have meaning."
Reuters, June 26, 2023 -- Eight years ago to the day, Obergefell v. Hodges made same-sex marriage legal nationwide, setting up legal precedents that ensured a vast expansion of marriage rights in the United States. Six years ago, Conservative Footsoldiers of Doom v. Tolerance Against Haters overturned the controversial Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision, enabling Congress and the states to establish campaign fundraising and spending rules with an eye toward preventing billionaires and corporations from buying elections.

Today, the Supreme Court handed down a 7-2 decision in Burgermeister v. Hodgepodge that relied on those precedents to eliminate political donations on behalf of families.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion for the majority, highlighting the corporate nature of family and the powerful necessity to keep corporations from interfering with elections.

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