Posts Tagged ‘Windsor v. United States’

Marriage (litigation) is breaking out all over

July 31, 2013

Since the Supreme Court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional a month ago, gay marriage litigation is growing like weeds in a vacant lot. Some cases were pending when Windsor was decided, some have been filed since then, and at least two involve what will probably become the biggest single category: cases that arise […]

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Ohio federal judge orders recognition of Maryland same-sex marriage

July 22, 2013

In a case with heartbreaking facts, U.S. District Judge Timothy Black, sitting in Cincinnati, has ordered the registrar of vital statistics to classify a man as married who was flown to Maryland in a medically equipped jet so that he and his partner could marry before his death. Judge Black noted that John Arthur, who […]

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

June 27, 2013

  [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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Excerpts from Justice Kennedy’s opinion in Windsor

June 26, 2013

“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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Rumor of the week: Supreme Court will find no jurisdiction in DoMA case

June 21, 2013

Everyone knows that there is an excellent chance that the Prop 8 case will be resolved, at least in part, on standing grounds.  But the rumor sweeping DC this past week has been that the Supreme Court will surprise everyone by ruling that it lacks jurisdiction to decide the constitutionality of DoMA. Is there any […]

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The end of the term: June Madness

June 19, 2013
USSC conf

The Supreme Court has 14 cases left to decide from its 2012-2013 term, and a week in which to announce the decisions. So we know for sure (barring a truly extraordinary turn of events) that as early as tomorrow and certainly by a week from tomorrow, the world will know the outcomes in four blockbuster […]

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