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Marriage @ the Supreme Court: Prep for the Prop 8 argument

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March 25, 2013
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The first gay marriage case to be argued (ever) in the Supreme Court is set for tomorrow at 10 am, in Hollingsworth v. Perry, the challenge to Prop 8. Here are some important points to listen for: At the logical threshold of the case lies a question that has nothing to do with gay marriage: standing, a technical legal […]

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Marriage @ the Supreme Court: The art of oral argument

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March 24, 2013
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As the whole world knows, the Supreme Court will hear arguments starting Tuesday morning in two gay marriage-related cases. The public will be able to hear the proceedings later the same day, and all the briefs are posted on an ABA web page in both the Prop 8 and the DoMA case. So anyone who has […]

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Marriage @ the Supreme Court: The homestretch

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March 22, 2013
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 Last night (which was cold here in DC), the line began to form for seats to hear oral arguments in the two gay marriage cases that the Supreme Court will consider next week. First up on Tuesday morning will be the challenge to Prop 8; on Wednesday, the Court will hear the DoMA case. The […]

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The great (straight) marriage debate

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February 9, 2013
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Following is my take on the arguments filed by the defenders of DOMA and Prop 8 and their supporting amici in the cases pending before the Supreme Court.  There are so many possible cultural interpretations of the debates over gay marriage that it seems pointless and premature to try to nail down what all the […]

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Supreme Court sets argument, briefing schedule for marriage cases

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January 7, 2013
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The Supreme Court will hear arguments in the Prop 8 case (Perry) on Tuesday, March 26, and in the DoMA case (Windsor) on Wednesday, March 27. No other cases will be heard on either of those days, presumably because the Court intends to delve deeply into the jurisdictional issues as well as the merits. (Usually […]

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Next year in the Supreme Court: Religious exemptions

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December 15, 2012
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Naturally, everyone is debating the marriage cases, elaborating the arguments for or against standing and worrying (correctly I think) that the Court this term might move the civil rights ball forward on sexual orientation discrimination and backward on race discrimination. It seems likely to be an historic term for Equal Protection law. Next year – […]

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