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Ninth Circuit Affirms District Court, Strikes Down Proposition 8

February 8, 2012

On Tuesday the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit handed down its decision in the case of Perry v. Brown, the Prop 8 case.  The Court of Appeals struck down Proposition 8, but it did so on narrow grounds.  It is unlikely that the United States Supreme Court will agree to review the decision […]

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Major Corporations, Law Firms, Civic Organizations, and Cities File Brief Opposing DOMA

November 10, 2011

A group of 70 business, legal, community, and municipal institutions have filed an amicus brief in the Gill case in opposition to the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

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2011-2012 Supreme Court Term (1): Hosannah-Tabor Church and School v. EEOC – The Ministerial Exception to Employment Discrimination Laws

September 7, 2011

This case involves a parochial school teacher who was fired because of a disability.  Her employer claimed that it was exempt from the Americans with Disabilities Act because of the "ministerial exception," a judge-created doctrine that exempts religious organizations from the operation of civil rights laws in cases involving "ministerial employees." 

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Question of Law or Question of Fact: Edie Windsor's Motion to Strike and the Flowering of Empiricism

September 4, 2011

In 1911 Roscoe Pound published The Scope and Purpose of Sociological Jurisprudence (which may be found in two parts at pages 140 and 489 of Volume 25 of the Harvard Law Review).  A century later a consequence of Pound's legal philosophy is that the lines between "questions of law" and "questions of fact" are becoming ever […]

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House Briefs Against Same-Sex Marriage (2): Brief in Opposition to Motion for Summary Judgment

August 5, 2011

As reported in yesterday's post, the House of Representatives has filed briefs in the case of Windsor v. United States in federal district court in New York.  Yesterday's post described the House's Answers to Interrogatories.   Today's post summarizes the House's Brief in Opposition to Plaintiff's Motion for Summary Judgment.

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House Briefs Against Same-Sex Marriage (1): Answers to Interrogatories

August 4, 2011

On August 1, 2011, lawyers for the House of Representatives filed briefs in support of the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.  Adam Bink at Prop 8 Trial Tracker has posted both briefs: one is a Response to Interrogatories and the other is a Brief in Opposition to Plaintiff's Motion for Summary Judgment.  […]

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A Constitutional Analysis of "Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons" (1986)

July 15, 2011

On October 1, 1986 – three months and a day after the United States Supreme Court handed down its decision in Bowers v. Hardwick upholding a Georgia law making homosexuality a crime – the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons instructing Catholic bishops how to respond to homosexuality.  […]

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Arguments for and against ENDA

July 7, 2011

ENDA (the Employment Nondiscrimination Act) is before Congress.  This law would make it illegal for employers to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Justice Department Brief in Golinski Case Opposing Defense of Marriage Act

July 3, 2011

On February 23, 2011, Attorney General Eric Holder wrote a letter to John Boehner, Speaker of the House of Representatives, informing him that the President had determined that his administration could no longer in good conscience defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act.  The President promised to continue to enforce the Act, but […]

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Sixth Circuit Strikes Down Amendment to Michigan Constitution Prohibiting Affirmative Action

July 2, 2011

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has handed down its decision in the case of Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action v. Regents of the University of Michigan.  By a vote of 2-1, a panel of the Court of Appeals struck down Proposal 2 amending the Michigan Constitution insofar as the amendment prohibits state universities from adopting […]

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Same-Sex Marriage After New York

June 26, 2011

Now that New York has legalized same-sex marriage for residents and non-residents alike, the political and legal landscape for same-sex marriage has been dramatically altered.

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Religious Exemptions in New York State Marriage Equality Act

June 25, 2011

Last night New York State Governor Cuomo announced the passage of the Marriage Equality Act and signed it into law.  This post discusses the religious exemptions contained in the new law.

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