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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 […]

The Inside Story of Edie Windsor’s Win    

The Inside Story of Edie Windsor’s Win    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | More than 200 pages into “Then Comes Marriage: United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA,” Roberta Kaplan, the attorney who won the 2013 case before the Supreme Court that struck down the most significant part of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, describes one of many moot court sessions she […]

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, […]

A Contested Account of the Marriage Spring

A Contested Account of the Marriage Spring

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Let me first say what Jo Becker’s book, “Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight For Marriage Equality,” is not. Its title, promotional materials, and a few bits of errant prose notwithstanding, this book is not a history of the movement to win marriage rights for same-sex couples in America. It is the […]

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 […]

In a Fast-Moving Case, Virginia Attorney General Won’t Defend Marriage Ban

In a Fast-Moving Case, Virginia Attorney General Won’t Defend Marriage Ban

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Recently inaugurated as attorney general of Virginia, Democrat Mark Herring, who had run on a platform supporting same-sex marriage, was immediately faced with a strategic decision. The attorney general’s office represents the state’s registrar of vital records, Janet M. Rainey, the lead defendant in two federal lawsuits challenging Virginia’s constitutional and statutory […]

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