Passages from Massachusetts marriage ruling become popular wedding readings

Just over ten years ago, in November 2003, Margaret H. Marshall, the chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, penned a decision in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health. Now, some language from the decision is becoming a popular selection for readings at weddings.

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Supreme Court schedules arguments in marriage cases for March 26 and 27

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States released the schedule of oral arguments for the 2013 session. The schedule indicates that the Court will hear the challenge to Proposition 8 on Tuesday, March 26, and a challenge to DOMA on Wednesday, March 27.

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Evan Wolfson in The New York Times: Our work continues in 2013

Yesterday, Freedom to Marry founder and president Evan Wolfson published an editorial in The New York Times where he encouraged advocates of ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage to keep focusing on creating a climate for the Supreme Court to rule in our favor.

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Supreme Court takes no further action on additional DOMA challenges

On Friday, the Supreme Court of the United States announced that it will be hearing two cases related to the freedom to marry in 2013. The Court remained silent on four other marriage lawsuits - all challenges to DOMA - that faced potential review.

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BREAKING: Supreme Court will hear DOMA case and Prop 8 case in 2013

Moments ago, the Supreme Court announced in an order that it has decided to hear the Proposition 8 case and a challenge to the so-called Defense of Marriage Act - Windsor v. United States - in 2013. Now, it is more urgent than ever that we make the same strong case for the freedom to marry in the court of public opinion that our advocates are making in the courts of law.

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Supreme Court delays date of marriage case consideration until Nov. 30

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court updated its case docket to reflect that it had rescheduled the date that it will consider whether it will review any marriage cases during its next session. The conference is now set for Friday, November 30.

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U.S. Supreme Court sets date to decide whether it will take DOMA and Prop 8 cases

The U.S. Supreme Court has announced that it will consider whether or not it will review federal constitutional challenges to two marriage cases - the Proposition 8 case in California and one or more of the challenges facing the so-called Defense of Marriage Act - at its private conference on Tuesday, November 20.

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Second Circuit Court of Appeals rules DOMA unconstitutional in ‘Windsor’ case

Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second District, out of New York, ruled in Windsor v. United States that the so-called Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. This marks the second time that a federal Court of Appeals has found DOMA unconstitutional, and it is the first appeals court decision to decide that government discrimination against gay and lesbian people should receive a more specific level of judicial review called "heightened scrutiny."

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Department of Justice requests Supreme Court review of two more DOMA cases

After requesting Supreme Court review of two DOMA cases in July, the Obama administration's Department of Justice requested review of two more cases - Windsor v. United States and Pedersen v. Office of Personnel Management. The Supreme Court now faces potential review of four different DOMA challenges, with multiple requests for review in each challenge.

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Lawyers opposing Proposition 8 ask Supreme Court to pass on appeal

On Friday, Ted Olson, David Boies, and the other lawyers representing the gay and lesbian plaintiffs in Perry v. Brown, the court case challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8 in California, filed a petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court not to review the case.

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