Before a court can restrict a citizen's freedom with a prison sentence, it must prove guilt. Why don't legislatures require the same burden of proof when making laws? This may seem like a silly comparison; common wisdom would never equate imprisonment with a law being on the books. They certainly don't feel like the same thing — unless the law in question is unjust, unnecessary, or just plain unwelcome. Take, for example, the US federal government's law which refuses to recognize same-sex marria More

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