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Texas High Court Leaves Open 2015 Marriage Equality Ruling’s Meaning

Texas High Court Leaves Open 2015 Marriage Equality Ruling’s Meaning

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In a clear misreading of the US Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges from 2015 — especially as elucidated just days ago by the high court in its Arkansas birth certificate ruling in Pavan v. Smith — the Texas Supreme Court, on June 30, unanimously refused to dismiss a […]

Anti-Gay Justice Antonin Scalia Exits the Stage

Anti-Gay Justice Antonin Scalia Exits the Stage

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | With the death of Antonin Scalia, the Supreme Court has lost its most outspoken anti-gay member. Ever since taking his seat on the high bench in 1986, Justice Scalia voted consistently against gay rights claims, sometimes in the majority and sometimes in dissent, regardless of the factual context in which […]

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 […]

Hillary’s Revisionism Does Nobody Any Good

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | If the biggest LGBT rights wins have been ending the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell military policy, overturning the federal Defense of Marriage Act, and winning marriage equality nationwide, an uncomfortable truth for candidate Hillary Clinton is that the first two were reversals of policies signed into law by her husband. Vermont Senator […]

Expectations Unbound

Expectations Unbound

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | By the end of this month –– and quite possibly before we’ve had the chance to get this newspaper into your hands –– the US Supreme Court will have ruled on marriage equality. The court –– which since October has passively allowed lower court rulings to go into effect doubling the number […]

Kennedy Alternately Passionate and Coy During Supreme Court Arguments

Kennedy Alternately Passionate and Coy During Supreme Court Arguments

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Marriage equality’s day of reckoning finally arrived at the United States Supreme Court when, on April 28, it heard oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges, the consolidated appeals from plaintiffs in four states –– Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee, and Kentucky –– whose victories in federal district court were reversed by the Sixth […]

US Judge Rules Against Marriage Equality in Puerto Rico

US Judge Rules Against Marriage Equality in Puerto Rico

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | A federal district judge has rejected a marriage equality lawsuit Lambda Legal brought on behalf of same-sex couples in Puerto Rico. In an October 21 ruling, Judge Juan M. Pérez-Giménez ruled he was bound by a 2012 precedent from the First Circuit Court of Appeals –– under whose jurisdiction federal […]

Eric Holder: The Evolution of an Advocate

Eric Holder: The Evolution of an Advocate

BY PAUL SCHINDLER: It’s rare for there to be much public discussion of any kind about the details of a government filing in a civil lawsuit, so the outrage that erupted over a 2009 Department of Justice brief submitted in litigation over the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was something quite extraordinary. “Holy cow,” John […]

Marathon Arguments in Sixth Circuit Marriage Appeals

Marathon Arguments in Sixth Circuit Marriage Appeals

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | On August 6, a three-judge panel of the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals held marathon three-hour arguments for appeals in six marriage equality decisions coming from all four states in the circuit –– Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Eight attorneys — four representing the states and four representing same-sex […]

How All the Presidents’ Men & Women Have Ruled on Marriage Equality

How All the Presidents’ Men & Women Have Ruled on Marriage Equality

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Each of the last eight presidents has appointed at least one judge who has ruled on questions of marriage equality. The chart below shows how judges appointed by each of them have decided issues including the right to marry, state recognition of out-of-state marriages, federal recognition of legally valid marriages (in […]

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