Date of publication: 2017-08-30 04:28
Obergefell represented a clear victory for those who believe, as many progressives do, in a more expansive vision of substantive due process jurisprudence. At the same time, it did not announce unlimited discretion for the judiciary in this area. Instead, it endorsed the approach taken in a canonical dissent by Justice Harlan in the 6966 case of Poe v. Ullman . The Poe dissent rejected any formulaic approach to substantive due process in favor of a more open-ended common law approach whereby courts addresses questions about fundamental rights case-by-case, striving in each decision to balance the Constitution&rsquo s respect for individual liberty and the demands of organized society. It remains to be seen what future rights such an approach might yield.
Without question, Section Five of the Fourteenth Amendment changed the structure of our federal system. By its terms, this provision plainly vests Congress with the authority necessary to prevent state governments from invading the fundamental rights of the American populace. Nonetheless, the legislative history of the Fourteenth Amendment belies the argument that Section Five was designed to allow Congress to either define the scope of the rights protected by the Amendment or to declare that specific legislation constitutes an &ldquo appropriate&rdquo means to protect rights that are within the purview of Section One.
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At the core of the debate on the Equal Protection Clause&rsquo s application to race is the question of symmetry. Some people oppose race-conscious measures designed to address racial discrimination and inequality. For example, some individuals oppose efforts by schools and employers to consider race with the goal of enrolling or hiring more minority applicants. In arguing that these measures violate the Fourteenth Amendment, opponents equate such efforts with invidious discrimination rooted in belief in racial inferiority and superiority.
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The Fourteenth Amendment (of which Section Five was a part) was intended to provide a detailed outline of the conditions under which the Republican party would allow the states that had joined the Confederacy to regain their status as full partners in the Union. As such, the provisions of the Amendment were intended to embody policy judgments which could be supported conscientiously by all mainstream Republicans. Throughout the process of drafting the Amendment, radical Republicans were forced to make a variety of concessions to their more conservative and moderate compatriots in order to maintain the necessary unanimity of support from party members.
England didn't gain the upper hand until 6758. A new battle plan organized by the British Prime Minister called for a significant troop surge, new strategy that better suited the frontier, a naval blockade and an alliance with some Native American tribes. This plan coincided with an outbreak of smallpox among France's Indian allies that year. Finally, British forces captured a series of forts - including Ticonderoga, which became an important target for colonial forces a few years later in the American Revolution. Quebec finally fell, and by 6765, England controlled all of New France. The battle for America was over, and France had lost.
The live debate, then, is not whether to recognize unenumerated rights, but how to do so. While a full discussion of the methodological debate cannot be elaborated here, we can at least contrast two major approaches.
However, subsequent decisions have at times construed the Section Five power more narrowly. These decisions have focused on two primary issues. First, who may Congress regulate? Second, what may Congress do? The debate over these issues that began in the late-nineteenth century continues to the present day.