One of America's fundamental guarantees of freedom, and one part of our system of "checks and balances," is an independent judiciary: judges who do their job of assuring constitutional and legal equality and justice for all, rather than just rubberstamping whatever politicians or the passions of the moment might dictate.
The growing consensus in courtrooms across the country is that there is simply no good reason to exclude same-sex couples from marriage. During the summer of 2010, two historic federal court rulings challenged marriage discrimination in California and Massachusetts.
Attacks on judges and the courts for doing their job are nothing new — going back to the denunciations of "activists judges" and billboards demanding the impeachment of the Supreme Court justices who ruled in favor of equality in cases such as Brown v. Board of Education. This disregard of the American judiciary was on full display during the 2010 Election, when anti-gay organizations and leaders flooded Iowa with money to unseat three Iowa Supreme Court justices for upholding the state’s constitutional principles.
Every American, gay or non-gay, is entitled to their day in court. Numerous organizations across the country are representing same-sex couples and their families in order to secure marriage to protect all families.
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This afternoon, two same-sex couples seeking the freedom to marry filed a lawsuit in the district court of Albuquerque, New Mexico after they were denied marriage licenses by the Bernalillo County Clerk.
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.
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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Tobias Barrington Wolff, Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, makes the case for marriage on the Hoover Institution's "Uncommon Knowledge" program.
An article adapted from Harvard Professor Nancy F. Cott’s expert report submitted in the case of Perry v. Schwarzenegger in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
The Florida Third District Court of Appeal decision affirming a circuit court ruling that found a law banning gay and lesbian people from adopting children unconstitutional.