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The Center for Media and Democracy’s PR Watch reports today “As Supreme Court Hears Challenge to ALEC Voting Bill, Two More States Introduce It.”
According to PR Watch, The American Legislative Exchange Council recently adopted as a model an Arizona statute that demands voters provide proof of citizenship before they can be registered to vote.
The Center for Media and Democracy reported the 2004 Arizona law was “subsequently adopted by ALEC lobbyists and legislators as a ‘model’ for other states under the name the Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act. The ALEC/Arizona law requires voters submit a copy of documents like passports or birth certificates to register, and is being challenged in the Supreme Court on grounds that it imposes additional restrictions beyond the National Voter Registration Act, which requires states to accept registrations submitted on a uniform federal mail application. Over 31,000 eligible Arizona voters have been rejected from the rolls because they did not have the additional documentation required under the state law.”
The U.S Supreme Court began hearing oral arguments on March 18 on whether or not the Arizona law was in conflict with federal law in the case Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona. On the same day, a version of the law was introduced in Nevada by Sen. Don Gustavson. In South Carolina, Sen. Chip Campsen introduced a similar bill. Both senators have close ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council.
According to PR Watch, the “fate of those ALEC-inspired proposals may depend on the outcome of the Arizona v. ITCA case.”
Today Amnesty International published a statement titled “UN: States must urgently shore up ‘serious deficiencies’ in draft arms treaty text.”
The statement reads:
Serious deficiencies in a new draft Arms Trade Treaty text would fail to prevent arms transfers to countries where they could be used to commit or facilitate summary and arbitrary killings, torture and enforced disappearances, Amnesty International said today.
According to Amnesty International, “UN Member States are expected to come to a consensus and adopt a final treaty by Thursday 28 March. ”
IN OTHER NEWS
Yesterday U.S Senator Claire McCaskill announced her support of marriage equality via Tumblr, according to an article on The New Civil Rights Movement.
Her Tumblr post was titled “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. I Corinthians 13.”
I have come to the conclusion that our government should not limit the right to marry based on who you love. While churches should never be required to conduct marriages outside of their religious beliefs, neither should the government tell people who they have a right to marry.
McCaskill’s announcement comes days before two very important marriage equality cases. The Supreme Court will begin hearing oral arguments on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act on Tuesday and California’s Proposition 8 on Wednesday.
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