LGBTQ Rights

  • Virginia AG Wants To Back Out Of Allowing Gay Adoption

    By Noah Kaplan, Issue Areas, LGBTQ Rights April 14, 2011 at 3:54 pm 0 comments

    Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s office said in a memo dated Tuesday that proposed rules that would require private and faith-based groups, such as Catholic Charities and Jewish Family Services, to allow gay parents to adopt children “does not comport with applicable state law and public policy.”

  • Gay Couple Loses Birth Certificate Battle in the 5th Circuit

    By Jason Lee, Courts, Issue Areas, LGBTQ Rights April 13, 2011 at 9:00 am 0 comments

    A little over a year ago, a federal appeals court ruled in favor of a couple who had adopted a Louisiana-born child and sought to get an amended birth certificate from the Louisiana Office of Public Health and Vital Records Registry.  The couple wanted both of their names listed on […]

  • Arkansas Supreme Court strikes down gay adoption ban

    Courts, Issue Areas, LGBTQ Rights April 9, 2011 at 6:14 pm 4 comments

    The Arkansas Supreme Court has struck down a state law barring unmarried gay and straight couples from adopting or serving as foster parents.  The Court ruled that the law was unconstitutional because  it  “burdens the privacy rights of ‘opposite-sex and same-sex individuals’ who engage in private, consensual sexual conduct in the bedroom by foreclosing […]

  • Prop 8- Round 2

    Issue Areas, LGBTQ Rights April 5, 2011 at 1:22 pm 6 comments

    While we all wait anxiously for Perry v. Brown to make its way through the courts, Equality California has started considering the possibility of returning the fight to the ballot box in 2012. Although I have been consistently optimistic on the likely outcome of Perry, it is nice to see […]

  • New Poll Shows Majority Support for Same-Sex Marriage

    By Noah Kaplan, Issue Areas, LGBTQ Rights March 18, 2011 at 11:40 am 1 comment

    The Washington Post today reports on a new poll showing that the momentum in favor of same-sex marriage has finally won over a majority of Americans.  Today, 53 percent of respondents say that same-sex marriage should be legal.  Only five years ago, that number was 36 percent, leaving one to […]

  • Gay Rights and Lefts: Video for Libby Adler's Colloquium

    Issue Areas, LGBTQ Rights March 10, 2011 at 3:20 pm 0 comments

    On March 9, 2011 at 5-7p.m. at Harvard Law School in Austin North Professor Libby Adler presented her piece entitled, “Gay Rights and Lefts: Rights Critique and Distributive Analysis for Real Law Reform. Streaming video of the March 9 presentation and discussion is below.

  • The Nuanced African American Response to Obama's Decision on DOMA

    The African American community overwhelmingly supported Barack Obama in the 2008 elections.  African Americans are also the ethnic group most opposed to same sex marriage, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey.  Thus, when President Obama and Attorney General Holder announced last week that the Department of Justice would stop defending […]

  • DOMA: Not Dead Yet

    By Jason Lee, By Jason Lee, Issue Areas, LGBTQ Rights February 24, 2011 at 7:52 am 0 comments

    As noted in an earlier Amicus post, a key reason given by Attorney General Eric Holder for why the Justice Department will NOT defend DOMA in court is that the administration believes that gays and lesbians should be subject to “some level of heightened scrutiny.” So what exactly does that […]

  • Justice Department Will Not Fully Defend DOMA

    Issue Areas, LGBTQ Rights February 23, 2011 at 9:11 pm 3 comments

    Contrary to the suggestion of one Amicus author, the Justice Department today announced that it will stop defending parts of the Defense of Marriage Act in federal court. The Washington Post, citing many of the same arguments put forth in that Amicus post, calls the move risky. Amicus will of course continue to cover the developments on the legal and social fallout from this decision.

  • NY Times Wrong on DOMA Defense

    By Noah Kaplan, Issue Areas, LGBTQ Rights February 14, 2011 at 2:30 pm 7 comments

    The Editorial Board of the New York Times today encourages the Obama Justice Department to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act in federal court.  The law, they say, is “blatant discrimination” that should be “presumed to be unconstitutional.”  With this, I agree.  DOMA, signed into law by Bill Clinton, […]

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