A Bindfolded Mona Lisa Holds the Scale of Justice
Leonado DaVinci’s Mona Lisa is said to be the most parodied work of art in the world, but I don’t recall seeing one of her as Lady Justice. With the recent Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) long awaited decisions in the last week of June, 2013, I decided to show Mona Lisa as a blindfolded Lady Justice. Her scale shows her weighting those decisions: Is John Robert’s court cuckoo (parody on Marc Chagall’s The Juggler) or superheroes (parody on Marvel Comic’s Avengers)?
- Declared that the part in the the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that defines marriage as a union between a man and woman is unconstitutional. This means that the federal government must recognize same-sex marriages in the 12 states where they are legal.
- Said that California’s Proposition 8 didn’t have the legal right to appeal a lower court decision. This allows same-sex marriages to resume in California.
- Struck down a core component of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. While it left the requirement in place, the SCOTUS ruled that the provisions that identify which jurisdictions the law covered were out of date.
- Voted against how the University of Texas’ affirmative action policy was considered by a lower court and sent it back to the court for review. This raises the bar for universities implementing the use of affirmative action.
Polls indicate that Americans have mixed reactions to the above decisions.
BTW, parts of the arms, scale and sword for the Mona Lisa parody were “borrowed” from Geraldine Arata’s Lady Justice painting.
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