Postedon Jul 15, 2010 at 10:30 am
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."
Postedon Jul 14, 2010 at 02:39 pm
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.
Postedon Jul 14, 2010 at 07:30 am
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.
Postedon Jul 13, 2010 at 12:40 pm
Gayle King is editor-at-large for "O, The Oprah Magazine" and is the best friend of Oprah Winfrey. She has previously worked as a television news anchor and talk show host. King was also instrumental in the planning and creation of the Legends Weekend. In September 2006, King began to host "The Gayle King Show" on XM Satellite Radio.
On her radio show on Friday, July 9, 2010, King expressed her support for marriage equality and the previous day's marriage ruling in Massachusetts.
Postedon Jul 13, 2010 at 10:40 am
The New York Times editorial Board applauds last week's marriage ruling in Massachusetts.
"For 14 years, as states, courts and many Americans have begun to change their minds on the subject, the federal government has clung to its official definition of marriage as only between a man and a woman. On Thursday, a federal judge in Massachusetts finally stood up and said there was never a rational basis for that definition."
Postedon Jul 13, 2010 at 08:48 am
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.
Postedon Jul 12, 2010 at 02:00 pm
Theodore Olson, one of the attorneys for two couples challenging California's ban on the freedom to marry, told a federal judge in San Francisco on Friday that two rulings by another U.S. judge in Boston Thursday provide "compelling support" for their case.
Postedon Jul 12, 2010 at 12:09 pm
A key part of a law denying married gay couples federal benefits has been thrown out the window in Massachusetts, the first state to legalize the freedom to marry.
The ball now lies in the White House's court, which must carefully calculate the next move by an administration that has faced accusations it has not vigorously defended the law of the land.
Postedon Jul 12, 2010 at 09:16 am
A judge’s decision on Thursday declaring that a state law honoring the freedom to marry in Massachusetts should take precedence over a federal definition of marriage has exposed the fractures and fault lines among groups working to bolster states’ rights.
Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry, said the court's ruling "provides a return to the way the federal government has always dealt with marriage — leaving it to the states."