Marriage

Commentary on marriage decisions by Matt Coles

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June 26, 2013
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From Matt Coles, Deputy Legal Director of the ACLU: Counting Heads and Reading Tea Leaves: What Today’s Marriage Decisions May Mean for the Future Today’s decisions in Windsor v. United States and Hollingsworth v. Perry bring us much closer to something almost unimaginable just a few years ago: complete legal equality for LGB people. Windsor […]

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Supreme Court: Prop 8 defendants lacked standing to appeal

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June 26, 2013
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 The Supreme Court, in an unusual line-up, ruled that the Prop 8 proponents lacked standing to appeal the ruling by former U. S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker, who found that Prop 8 violates the U.S. Constitution. As a result, the Ninth Circuit decision affirming that ruling is vacated. The case is now remanded back […]

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DoMA bites the dust

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June 26, 2013
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In a decision by Justice Kennedy, the Supreme Court ruled this morning 5 to 4 that the federal government must recognize the validity of same-sex marriages recognized under state law. Widely anticipated yet still wildly celebrated, the opinion was the first to invalidate a federal statute on the ground that it discriminates based on sexual […]

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What will happen in California after the Supreme Court rules?

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May 31, 2013
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If, as many including myself believe likely, the Supreme Court resolves the Prop 8 case by either finding that the proponents of Prop 8 lack standing or that the Court should dismiss the appeal on prudential grounds, what will happen to marriage law in California? Ultimately, but perhaps in a prolonged and ragged fashion, Prop […]

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Larry Tribe predicts mixed results in Supreme Court, criticizes Obama and California

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May 14, 2013
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  The Harvard Law School website has an interview with Professor Larry Tribe with his predictions about what the Supreme Court is most likely to do in the two pending gay marriage cases: [M]y hunch – and it is only that – is that the Court will narrowly conclude that the DOMA [Defense of Marriage […]

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The perils of federalism

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April 6, 2013
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Linda Greenhouse, America’s premier legal journalist, has posted this spot-on analysis of why a ruling that DoMA is unconstitutional based on federalism concerns would be a Trojan horse that could haunt progressives for years to come: Beware of conservatives bearing gifts. Ever since last week’s frustrating Supreme Court argument in the Defense of Marriage Act […]

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