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DoMA ruling now up to the court

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April 4, 2012

The first DoMA challenge to go before a Court of Appeals was argued this morning, and, if I were plaintiffs' counsel, I would be pretty optimistic. Two judges on the panel – Chief Judge Lynch and Judge Boudin – look like probable votes to declare the law unconstitutional. For details, see Prop8TrialTracker's blogging of the arguments, or […]

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Background on DoMA challenge being heard in First Circuit

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April 4, 2012

A three-judge panel of the First Circuit Court of Appeals is hearing arguments this morning on the constitutionality of DoMA.  Kudos to Chris Geidner of MetroWeekly, who wrote this excellent background summary of the case: The questions posed by the challenges to Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act are, on a surface level, […]

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The week ahead: March 26, 2012

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March 25, 2012
Hunter-Of-Justice

March 29 – “Taxing Civil Rights Gains.” a panel on tax issues for same-sex couples, featuring Professors Anthony Infanti and Bridget Crawford, at Seton Hall Law School, 5 to 7 pm. March 30 – The Fordham Law Review symposium will focus on the Defense of Marriage Act: Law, Policy and the Future of Marriage.  March […]

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Congratulations Judge Fitzgerald

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March 16, 2012

From the Washington Blade: The Senate on Thursday confirmed to the bench a gay judicial nominee whom Republicans had held up for four months from receiving a floor vote along with other appointees. Michael Fitzgerald, whom President Obama nominated for a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in July, was […]

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Does the reasoning of the Perry decision hold water?

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March 14, 2012

I have been traveling out of the country for the last two weeks, and so am belatedly responding to the post by Matt Coles, who defended the Ninth Circuit decision in Perry v. Brown as solid constitutional law. I agree (and will also post the more extensive essay on the same topic that I have […]

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LGBT officeholders now visible in Latin America, in tandem with continuing anti-gay violence

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March 12, 2012

From USA Today: Tatiana Pineros, a man by birth and a woman by choice,…is the first transgender individual to be appointed to head Bogota's social welfare agency. Pineros, 34, is also a high-powered public servant who manages a $360 million budget and nearly 2,000 employees in Colombia's biggest and most powerful municipal government. Her appointment by Bogota's […]

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