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Family Autonomy Outline

Updated Family Autonomy Notes

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Family Autonomy

  1. 14th amendment, Section 1: No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws

  2. 9th Amendment: The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights, shall not be construed to disparage others retained by the people.

  3. How to decide what rights are fundamental?

    1. Originalist – look to the Constitution: only those rights enumerated in the Constitution or intended by its Framers to be fundamental

    2. History & Tradition – rights historically and traditionally protected and deemed fundamental

    3. Thos rights connected with securing a democratic process – voting, speech, etc

    4. Look to the rights deemed fundamental by the laws of nature

    5. Moral consensus

  4. The right to marry

    1. Loving v. Virginia- black woman marries white man

      1. Held: the right to marry is a fundamental right

        1. “The freedom to marry has long been recognized as one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men.”

        2. The decision to marry a person of another race “resides with the individual and cannot be infringed by the State.”

    2. Zablocki v. Redhail (1977) – law burdened the right of individuals to marry who are obligated to pay child support to a minor not in their custody. Redhail owed more than $3700 in child support.

      1. Held: strict scuritiny applies. The right to marry is fundamental because 1) it is one of the most important relations in life; 2) the foundation of the family and of society, without which there would be neither civilization or progress; 3) it is necessary for the very existence and survival of the race; 4) it is part of the right of privacy

      2. But SS not applicable to all burden on the right to marry. “Reasonable regulations that do not significantly interfere with decisions to enter into a marital relationship may legitimately be imposed

      3. Marshall: marriage is a part of the right to privacy found in the 14th amendment as identified in Griswold v. Connecticut. While the state has an interest in ensuring that child support obligations were fulfilled, this statute only regulated those who wished to be married and did not justify the restriction on the right to marriage as found in Loving v. Virginia.

  5. Same Sex Marriage

    1. 6 states have legalized same sex marriage (MA, CT, IA, VT, NH)

    2. 12 states have created legal unions for same sex couples that offer varying subsets of the rights and responsibilities of marriage

    3. 29 states have constitutional provisions restricting marriage to one man and one woman

    4. 12 states have statutes restricting marriage to one man and one woman

    5. 19 states ban any legal recognition of same sex civil unions

    6. Goodridge v. Dept of Public Health (Mass): first case ever to declare a constitional right to same sex marriage.

    7. Article Iv, Section I Full Faith and Credit Clause

      1. “Full faith and...

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