Parliament schedules next votes on gay marriage

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July 5, 2013
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On Monday and Wednesday of this coming week, legislation to allow same-sex marriage in England and Wales will go back before the House of Lords  for consideration in what is called the Report stage. The next step is the bill’s Third Reading, scheduled for July 15. Assuming passage, it returns to the House of Commons, […]

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Justice Ginsburg: Not retiring

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July 4, 2013
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 In an interview this week with Joan Biskupic of Reuters, Justice Ginsburg shot down rumors that she will soon announce her retirement from the Supreme Court, despite admonitions that she should do so to ensure that President Obama would name her replacement and to avoid the risk that Republicans might win control of the Senate in […]

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Americans approve Supreme Court marriage decisions, split on Voting Rights Act ruling

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July 3, 2013
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Source: Washington Post In two polls conducted last week, more Americans approved of the Supreme Court’s marriage decisions than disapproved, while results were split on attitudes toward the voting rights decision. On the marriage issues, opinion followed the familiar divisions based on age, political party, and gender. In an ABC-Washington Post poll, 56 per cent of […]

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Equality: Now you see it, now you don’t

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June 27, 2013
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  [Cross-posted at The Nation] It was the best of weeks and the worst of weeks at the Supreme Court. On Wednesday the Court struck down a law that erased the marriages of same-sex couples from the benefits and burdens of all federal programs, and pulled the plug on efforts to keep a ban on […]

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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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Excerpts from Justice Kennedy’s opinion in Windsor

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June 26, 2013
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“Against [a] background of lawful same-sex marriage in some States, the design, purpose, and effect of DOMA should be considered as the beginning point in deciding whether it is valid under the Constitution. By history and tradition the definition and regulation of marriage, as will be discussed in more detail, has been treated as being […]

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