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The Fight for Marriage in Broad, Informed Context

The Fight for Marriage in Broad, Informed Context

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | In 2009, attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies vowed to take a legal challenge to Proposition 8, a 2008 California ballot initiative that barred same-sex marriage in that state, to the US Supreme Court and win marriage for gay and lesbian couples in all 50 states. What they won there in […]

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Strikes Down Virginia’s Marriage Ban

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Strikes Down Virginia’s Marriage Ban

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A three-judge panel of the US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 ruling, has declared Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. The July 28 ruling did not go into immediate effect, and the two county clerks who are defending the ban –– Governor Terry McAuliffe and fellow Democrat […]

The Elephant Is Still in the Room    

The Elephant Is Still in the Room    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Midway through “Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality,” authors Ted Olson and David Boies tackle an issue ignored by the two other histories of the federal lawsuit that struck down Proposition 8, the 2008 California ballot initiative that put an end to same-sex marriage there. In 2009, the two […]

Branding the Fight

Branding the Fight

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Early in the HBO documentary “The Case Against 8,” Chris Dusseault, a partner at the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, is shown telling the two plaintiff couples in the lawsuit that struck down California’s ban on same-sex marriage that they are the core of the case. “You guys are the reason […]

THE MARRIAGE SPRING

April 30, 2014 To the Editor: Excellent analysis of Jo Becker’s book, Duncan (“A Contested Account of the Marriage Spring,” by Duncan Osborne, Apr. 30). Matt Foreman San Francisco WRITE US! Please send letters to the editor, of 250 words or less, to: Editor@GayCityNews.com Or mail them to 515 Canal Street, Suite 1C, New York, […]

This Week Marriage Equality Litigation Amps Up to Full Throttle

This Week Marriage Equality Litigation Amps Up to Full Throttle

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | As anticipation builds for the first federal appellate arguments on marriage equality since last June’s Supreme Court decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act’s ban on federal recognition of legal same-sex marriages, new developments in litigation efforts across the nation continue to pile up. On April 10, a panel of […]

Virginia Marriage Equality Ruling the New Normal –– and a Big Deal

Virginia Marriage Equality Ruling the New Normal –– and a Big Deal

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Since the US Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act’s denial of federal recognition to same-sex marriages, every judge in federal and state courts ruling on motions for summary judgment has concluded that bans on performing or recognizing same-sex marriages violate, as a matter of law, the US Constitution’s […]

Prop 8 Challengers Confident Ruling is the Last Word

Prop 8 Challengers Confident Ruling is the Last Word

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | With the US Supreme Court holding that the Official Proponents of California’s Proposition 8 cannot challenge a federal district court decision that the 2008 ballot initiative banning gay marriage is unconstitutional, advocates are promising that gay and lesbian couples will soon be able to wed in that state. “This is a great day […]

Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA’s Key Provision, Dodges Prop 8’s Substance

Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA’s Key Provision, Dodges Prop 8’s Substance

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In a pair of 5-4 rulings released on June 26, the United States Supreme Court held that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) violates the Fifth Amendment of the US Constitution, but that the court did not have jurisdiction to decide whether California’s Proposition 8 violates the 14th […]

BREAKING: DOMA Struck Down; Supreme Court Ducks Prop 8, Clearing Way for Marriage in California

BREAKING: DOMA Struck Down; Supreme Court Ducks Prop 8, Clearing Way for Marriage in California

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In two critical rulings on June 26, the United States Supreme Court struck down the US Defense of Marriage Act’s bar on federal recognition of legal same-sex marriages. DOMA, the majority found, violates the equal protection rights of same-sex couples protected by the Fifth Amendment. In the challenge to California’s Proposition 8, […]

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