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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For red politicians in purple states, gay marriage is a nightmare

July 11, 2013

Despite his bromance with President Obama and Prince Harry, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is in a pickle. One one hand, he’s a conservative governor elected in a traditionally blue state, which gives some plausibility for messaging (horrible word) that he’s moderate, and that’s significant. Because unless something very strange happens, he’s going to run […]

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

July 3, 2013

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

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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Commentary on marriage decisions by Matt Coles

June 26, 2013

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


“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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