state rights

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states'′ rights′
the rights belonging to the states, esp. with reference to the strict construction of the Constitution by which all rights not delegated to the federal government belong to the states.
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The Attorney General suit addresses state rights, which is within their mandate as Attorney General.
I agree that the Civil War began the slippery slide against state rights, but decades of 20th century liberalism are the culprit--not Lincoln.
Signed into law by former governor Gray Davis, the California Domestic Partner Rights and Responsibilities Act of 2003 is a definite step toward equality, giving registered couples many of the state rights of married people--including property rights, parenting rights, burial and inheritance rights, and extended unpaid leave to care for a partner.

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