The Claremont Institute

November 10 CCJ Town Hall: The Meaning of Marriage—What is the Right Question for the Courts?

November 21, 2014
In this tele-town hall, the Claremont Institute's Dr. Eastman discusses the opinion by Judge Jeffrey Sutton on the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals and the larger circuit-split on the gay marriage cases. 
While the policy questions and implications are contentious and important, Dr. Eastman focuses on the constitutional question: what right is at stake, if any, and how does it fit into our constitutional order? What does constitutional adjudication mean in a regime of limited government founded on the natural law and natural rights of the Declaration of Independence? Even when discussing the details of cases and precedent, we must always remind ourselves of, and have recourse to, first principles.