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Lecture 6: Civil Liberties, cont’d Guns Abortion Gay Rights Right to Die
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II Amendment “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” - Ct said in 1939 right to bear arms tied to existence of state militias - inconsistent lower court rulings - CA Assault Weapon ban - SF proposition H
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Abortion 1968-1972 dramatic rise in abortions in CA under “Beilenson Bill” Roe v Wade (1973) - mother has right to choose through second trimester--point of viability outside the womb - Chipping away: Hyde Amendment - “undue burden”: waiting periods, parental consent - 2005 CA rejects parental notification, previously rejected by CASC
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Gay Rights--CA 1970s SF becomes “most gay city” in US, elects first openly gay man to public office
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Unformatted text preview: • 1978 Briggs Initiative banning gays from teaching in CA narrowly fails Gay Rights--federal • Bowers v Hardwick (1986)-Georgia sodomy law upheld • Lawrence v Texas (2003)-Texas sodomy law overturned Gay Marriage • 2000 proposition 22 passes, stating that in CA marriage is between a man and a woman” • 2001, expanded 2005: CA legislature passes “domestic partner” law--giving most benefits of marriage • 2004 CASC invalidates 1000s of same-sex marriages based on prop 22 Right to Privacy--right to die • 1997 Ct: No constitutional right to die--states may ban assisted suicide • 2006 Ct: Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act not in violation of a federal substance control law • This November on CA ballot?...
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