MacLeod, Adam J.
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Adam MacLeod is an Associate Professor at Faulkner University's Thomas Goode Jones School of Law.


What We'll Learn about Civil Society, Family, and Technology from Coronavirus

No one can say with precision how many people this virus will infect or kill. Predictions are difficult. But we know some things about ourselves, so we can venture to say what this unusual moment will reveal about us.

Date posted: 2020-03-21

Piracy, Protests, and the Problem of China

America's relations with China should proceed from the recognition that the Chinese government is lawless. China flouts the rule of law, not occasionally or incidentally but characteristically, because the government understands itself as the source of law and unconstrained by it. The problem of China reminds us of the deeper laws that all nations must respect and that determine whether or not our positive laws are legally just.

Date posted: 2019-11-24

Toward a Productive Discussion About Immigration

Among the universal, fundamental rights every person enjoys is the right to leave his nation of origin. Yet the right to leave does not entail the right to enter a specific nation.

Date posted: 2019-09-08

No, Legislatures Cannot Abolish Marriage

Can a state legislature abolish civil marriage? Common-law marriage can never entirely be abolished. The duties of marital relations are generated and vested by the actions of the parties themselves.

Date posted: 2018-11-22

Why Judge Kavanaugh's Religion Should Be an Issue

Though our political institutions are designed to be secular and non-sectarian, our laws rest on Christian ideas about what we owe each other as human beings made in the image and likeness of God.

Date posted: 2018-08-02

"Masterpiece", Marriage, and Bigotry: The Court's Ruling Is More Robust than Many Acknowledge

State officials and judges cannot comply with the Supreme Court's ruling in Masterpiece simply by articulating facially neutral reasons for decisions that punish people for acting on the understanding that marriage is a man-woman union.

Date posted: 2018-07-09

The New States' Rights: Is Parenthood Defined by Biology or Government?

Same-sex parenting advocates are calling on states' rights to define the legal relationship between parent and child. What they seek is the power to write the record of a child's origins and to determine a fundamental aspect of a child's identity.

Date posted: 2018-04-29

Equal Property Rights for All, Including Christian Wedding Cake Bakers

Just as governors, abortionists, and sexual-identity activists enjoy legal protection for their property rights, so do religious business owners.

Date posted: 2017-12-10

The Double Mommy Trap: Two Mothers and No Rights for Junior

The double maternity two-step is a forced march. The intended destination seems to be greater personal fulfillment for adults. But if we arrive there, what will be left of the rights of children?

Date posted: 2016-11-27

Texas Lawmen and the Lawless Court

The Governor and Attorney General of Texas should obey the law, not the Supreme Court's ambiguous abstractions. They should continue to secure the fundamental liberty of vulnerable Texans and make the abortion industry assert its super-claim-rights in court.

Date posted: 2016-07-31

Federal Courts, Government Agencies, and Transgender Bathroom Policy

A federal court has said a student's subjective understanding alters the meaning of an unambiguous, federal law. And it alters the meaning of the law for everyone in the Gloucester County school district and, potentially, everyone who resides in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Date posted: 2016-06-01

There Is a Fundamental Right to Marriage, and We Must Preserve It

Whether or not Locke would approve of it, there is a fundamental marriage right. It is ancient, not recent, and it secures the integrity of the natural family. In fact, nothing is more fundamental to our legal edifice than the ancient liberty of the natural family.

Date posted: 2015-08-03

The Ambiguous Quest for Marriage Equality

Do proponents of marriage equality want marriage equality or not? The rhetoric of marriage equality does not match the reality. Only if marriage is the union of a man and a woman does it make any sense to have paternity presumed without consent, incest and polygamy prohibited, and custody bestowed upon biological or presumed parents except for cause.

Date posted: 2015-07-25

The Hidden Costs of Legalized Suicide: What We Can Learn from Brittany Maynard

We ought to demonstrate compassion for Brittany Maynard, but we must not allow our compassion to obscure the nature of her choice - or the consequences that legal acceptance of a legal right to kill has for those left behind.

Date posted: 2014-11-03

Marriage, Religious Liberty, and the Ban Myth

It's a myth that marriage law "bans" same-sex relationships because it treats marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

Date posted: 2013-06-08

Law's Logic at the End of Life

The advances of modern medicine have produced decidedly mixed blessings. People live longer, but they also take longer to die after their bodies start to deteriorate. In the process they often suffer pain, and impaired abilities to enjoy life. And we die more often in hospitals than did earlier generations. A new book, At Liberty to Die: The Battle for Death with Dignity in America by Howard Ball calls readers to consider the challenges these realities raise. To its detriment, the new book on end-of-life law focuses more on the emotions and biases of the law's defenders than on law's history and content.

Date posted: 2013-02-07

Purpose, Palliative Care, and Respect for Human Life

Aiding the deliberate destruction of human life has no place in the doctor's job description.

Date posted: 2012-02-20

Assisted Suicide: The Forgotten Front in the Fight for Life

People quite naturally recognize that life is better than death, that the deliberate destruction of life is an evil to be avoided, and that the state has a role to play in preventing suicides. It follows logically from these uncontested (and incontestable) observations that state laws prohibiting euthanasia and assisted suicide are just and efficacious.

Date posted: 2011-09-27