Is public opinion on marriage equality ahead of the Supreme Court’s?

Michael Klarman: Judicial opinions on cultural issues usually reflect settled shifts in public attitudes. What does this mean for the fate of the freedom to marry in the Supreme Court?

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Left wing federalism fells DOMA

Bruce Miller says that the decision of a moderately liberal federal judge that the application of the Defense of Marriage Act in Massachusetts is unconstitutional on federalism grounds is unsurprising.

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Margaret Marshall, author of Mass. marriage equality decision, to retire

Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall, who led the state's highest court as it reshaped the Western legal world with its historic ruling approving the freedom to marry in Massachusetts, announced Wednesday morning that she would retire.

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A summer for gay rights

Richard Socarides writes about the federal Proposition 8 trial, the rulings in two cases against DOMA and other advancements that have been made this year toward LGBT equality.

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Hey, America, stop changing the marriage equality goalposts

Marriage equality has seen more ups and downs than a soccer game, because America's right wing keeps changing the goalposts.

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Sen. John Kerry: Tauro ruling on DOMA should stand

Freedom to Marry Voice for Equality, Senator Kerry: "Congress made a horrible mistake passing DOMA in 1996, and we’ve lived with the destruction and pain it has caused for the last 14 years. Now it’s time—long past time—to make DOMA history once and for all."

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How the GOP is saving the freedom to marry

Joshua Green writes about several Republican appointed judges who have had roles in advancing marriage equality: "This makes the Republican pedigrees of the judges moving the freedom to marry toward legality all the more striking, particularly in how it contrasts with conservative outcries about judicial activism."

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Koppelman: The so-called Defense of Marriage Act’s Achilles heel

Andrew Koppelman discusses how the recent Massachusetts federal court finding that DOMA violates the Constitution's equal protection clause could be accepted by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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States rule

If you believe the courts offer the best route for getting rid of bans on the freedom to marry, then you should be saying “I-told-you-so.” In Boston last Thursday, a district court judge overturned part of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), declaring unconstitutional its ban on federal recognition of marriages of same-sex couples that are legal at the state level.

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Editorial: Marriage equality sanity

Los Angeles Times editorial board: The judge deciding the Proposition 8 case should recognize that the arguments advanced against the freedom to marry fall short.

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