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SCOTUS Rules for Same-Sex Spouses in Birth Certificate Case

SCOTUS Rules for Same-Sex Spouses in Birth Certificate Case

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In the final day of its term, the US Supreme Court ruled that when a child is born to a woman married to another woman, both women should be listed as parents on the child’s birth certificate. The 6-3 ruling in Pavan v. Smith on June 26 reversed a decision by […]

How Texas Governor Hopes to Undo Marriage Equality

How Texas Governor Hopes to Undo Marriage Equality

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Conservatives eager to bring the marriage equality issue back to the US Supreme Court after President Donald Trump has the opportunity to appoint some right-leaning justices may have found a vehicle in an employee benefits dispute from Houston. On January 20, Inauguration Day, the Texas Supreme Court announced it had “withdrawn” its […]

Marriage Equality Triumphs at the Supreme Court

Marriage Equality Triumphs at the Supreme Court

BREAKING BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The United States Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling on June 26, declared that gay and lesbian couples have a federal constitutional right to marry. In an opinion authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the court held that 14th Amendment of the US Constitution requires states to license a marriage between two people of […]

Conversion Therapy Ban Good Enough for Alito-Scalia-Roberts Court, But Not Klein-Skelos Senate

Conversion Therapy Ban Good Enough for Alito-Scalia-Roberts Court, But Not Klein-Skelos Senate

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Amidst the shocked reaction to the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling –– which opens up the possibility of religious exemptions being used as corporate get-out-of-jail free cards regarding employee nondiscrimination protections  –– there was a less-noticed bit of good news on the last day of the high court’s session. On June […]

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 […]

Supreme Court Nixes Requirement for Anti-Prostitution Pledge

Supreme Court Nixes Requirement for Anti-Prostitution Pledge

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The Supreme Court, on June 20, ruled that a federal statute that conditions government funding to non-profits doing overseas HIV prevention work on their articulating an explicit policy opposing prostitution violates the First Amendment. Writing for the 6-2 majority, Chief Justice John R. Roberts, Jr., quoted from the high court’s famous […]

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, […]