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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 […]

Gorsuch Pushes Court Balance to the Right

Gorsuch Pushes Court Balance to the Right

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | When Justice Antonin Scalia died last February, then-candidate Donald Trump said that if he were elected he would appoint somebody in the mold of Scalia to take his place. That statement came in the context of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s statement that his Republican majority would not consider, much […]

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 […]

Supreme Court Arguments Suggest DOMA May Be Doomed

Supreme Court Arguments Suggest DOMA May Be Doomed

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | The Supreme Court, on March 27, heard oral arguments in Edith (“Edie”) Schlain Windsor’s suit challenging the constitutionality of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act’s ban on federal recognition of marriages by same-sex couples. As was the case the day before when the high court took up the challenge to Proposition […]

No Clear Majority on Merits Evident During Prop 8 Arguments

No Clear Majority on Merits Evident During Prop 8 Arguments

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | On the tenth anniversary of oral arguments in Lawrence v. Texas, the historic 2003 ruling that struck down laws against consensual gay sex, the US Supreme Court took up the contentious issue of same-sex marriage on March 26. Late last year, the high court granted the petition by the Official Proponents […]