Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Obergefell v. Hodges & Everything You Need To Teach About it


I guess the first question is whether Jim Obergefell will become a one word name such as Roe, Citizens United (well that's two), Tinker, et al.   If the Supreme Court decides in Obergefell v. Hodges that the 14th amendment's equal protection does indeed extend marriage to gay people, then the answer is probably yes.  The WashPost video above is excellent in its overview of the case.

If you are teaching standard government, then you might want to take some time on the case as it has so much to offer.  If you are an AP teacher, then you could quickly review such items as

  • precedent
  • amicus curiae (all over this page)
  • Rule of four
  • majority opinion/minority opinion/concurring opinion
  • oral arguments (here some actual ones from today's presentation) or here is the entire argument
  • 14th amendment
  • full faith and credit clause
  • Supreme, circuit and district courts
  • plaintiff, defendant, litigants
  • writ of certiorari 
  • Interest groups
  • brief
  • am I missing others?
You can also find lots more from Scotus Blog's page and from the page on the US Supreme Court. 

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