Emory Law Journal

Volume 59Issue 1
Comments

Pinpoint Redistricting and the Minimization of Partisan Gerrymandering

Alex J. Whitman | 59 Emory L.J. 211 (2009)

For over twenty years, the political gerrymandering claim under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment has been mired in ambiguity because the Supreme Court and lower courts have failed to come up with a clear standard to determine whether a redistricting plan is unconstitutional. In 2006, however, a new phenomenon that this Comment terms “pinpoint redistricting” was used by Georgia’s Republican-dominated state legislature to alter the boundaries of a small group of districts rather than all of the state’s district boundaries, severely weakening the strength of Democratic voters in the affected districts. The pinpoint redistricting changed the affected districts from competitive to strongly Republican, and as a result, the redistricting party’s candidates achieved sizable victories in the 2006 elections.

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I Object: The RLUIPA as a Model for Protecting the Conscience Rights of Religious Objectors to Same-Sex Relationships

Erin N. East | 59 Emory L.J. 259 (2009)

In most states, the battle over same-sex marriage has become a showdown with either gay rights activists or religious conservatives prevailing. Each side is fearful of losing ground to the other. Many scholars have noted the threats to religious liberty that arise upon the recognition of same-sex marriage, but few have given significant attention to how religious liberty might be protected without abolishing the rights of same-sex couples. This Comment focuses on one manifestation of the conflict between same-sex rights and religious liberty: the conflict that arises when individuals and organizations are compelled by their religious beliefs to violate state civil rights statutes protecting same-sex couples. Such violations expose them to civil liability for acting in accordance with their religious beliefs.

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