Amid Mass. rulings on the freedom to marry, Proposition 8 case could have larger effect

As both sides await news of a likely appeal in the Massachusetts marriage ruling from last week that could eventually lead to the Supreme Court, they are keeping an eye on California. A federal judge in San Francisco is expected to rule any day on whether voters in that state were within their rights when they supported a 2008 ballot initiative that banned marriage equality.

That decision could have major reverberations around the country and also end up before the nation's highest court.

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The governor who vetoed equality

Governor Lingle, your veto of a vital civil rights bill serves as a catalyst for further uniting of our community and will some day be viewed as a transforming and pivotal moment in our battle for equal rights.

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Serving with Integrity: The rationale for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

In a comprehensive legal analysis published in the military's JAG journal, the author argues for the repeal of DADT.

The article highlights research demonstrating that, despite fears and arguments to the contrary, America's military is well-suited to handle the integration of openly gay, lesbian and bisexual servicemembers and will successfully adapt to their inclusion. The author discusses the intersection of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act and "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and argues that DOMA does not preclude the repeal of DADT. The article also provides other counterarguments (including one made by Voice for Equality, Mildred Loving) and information pertinent to the most common assertions made by "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" proponents.

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Judge Joseph Tauro’s courageous ruling in favor of the freedom to marry

On Thursday, in a sweeping opinion in the deliberately narrow Gill v. Office of Personnel Management case, Judge Joseph Tauro of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts struck down a key part of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

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This is why they build courthouses

Over the holiday weekend, two op-eds appeared in the New York Times and the Washington Post criticizing the Perry v. Schwarzenegger case.

But are the arguments in these op-eds valid? As I’ll explain, they’re far from it. Both present a deeply flawed assessment of the case itself, the politics of the case, and the purpose of the judiciary itself.

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Soledad O’Brien: Gay dads unafraid to chart new ground

The concept of family can mean one thing to you and another to someone else.

Soledad O'Brien follows a same sex couple in their struggle against the legal and personal obstacles to become parents.

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Calif. court hears closing arguments in freedom to marry case

A lawyer representing two same-sex couples who seek recognition of a constitutional right to marry compared the fight to the great civil rights struggles of the 20th century, as a federal judge Wednesday heard closing arguments in the trial over California's Proposition 8.

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Olson surprises many conservatives by seeking to overturn freedom to marry ban

Ted Olson recently told the law students gathered on a spring evening in the luxe D.C. offices of his firm, Gibson, Dunn and Cruthcher, that the California Prop 8 case "is the most compelling, emotionally moving, important case that I have been involved in in my entire life." Result: Standing O. Another jury persuaded.

Olson will try to repeat the performance Wednesday in a federal courthouse in San Francisco when he presents closing arguments in a potentially groundbreaking trial in which he and his political odd-couple partner David Boies are asking a federal judge to overturn Prop 8, which their suit says violates the U.S. Constitution's due process and equal protection clauses.

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The freedom to marry for all couples

Center for American Progress' John Podesta and Cato Institute's Robert Levy, who will co-chair the advisory board of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, write about the importance of marriage equality.

"We have come together in a nonpartisan fashion because the principle of equality before the law transcends the left-right divide and cuts to the core of our nation's character. This is not about politics; it's about an indispensable right vested in all Americans."

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Op-Ed: Advance Marriage Rights

Jinxu Yang, a sophomore at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, comments on status quo and majority opinion arguments for denying the freedom to marry.

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