The Development of Legal Rights in the American Legal System
Russian Journal of Comparative Law
This article takes a snapshot of some of the most controversial topics in American society today and the juridical response to these topics by individual states, the United States Congress, and the United States Supreme Court. Although there are numerous legal topics that deserve mention and analysis, this article is limited to the discussion of nine fairly new rights created by state and federal laws. The rights discussed in this article include the following: 1) The right to open carry a
... o open carry a firearm; 2) The right to consume marijuana; 3) The right to marry or to civil unions between same-sex couples; 4) The right to sexual offender residential information; 5) The right to the protection of victims of human trafficking; 6) The right to the protection of the environment; 7) The right to privacy in relation to unsolicited telemarketing telephones calls; 8) The right to determining what medical treatment to receive and the right to organ donation; and 9) The right to euthanasia or death with dignity. This article briefly addresses the topics of sexual and racial discrimination. Finally, the most far-reaching decisions handed down by the United States Supreme Court between 2013 and the present are discussed.