After the revelation by Proposition 8 judge Vaughn Walker that he is gay and in a long-term same-sex relationship, Prop. 8 supporters are trying to have his landmark ruling striking down the California referendum vacated on the grounds that he should have recused himself. This
King and Spalding announced today that they would no longer be representing the House of Representatives in litigation defending DOMA. The House had hired the firm last week after the Justice Department refused to defend the law and Attorney General Eric Holder called it
The House of Representatives has hired a prominent attorney, Paul Clement, to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) against pending constitutional challenges. Clement is a former solicitor general, who is also currently representing a group of states in a lawsuit against the health care
This story is not law-related in any way, but it's truly heartening nonetheless.
Michael Santos, a middle blocker from Team Vôlei Futuro in Brazil, was subjected to waves of verbal slurs during a recent match. As he served, the crowd chanted kept screaming “Bicha! Bicha! Bicha!” which means “faggot”
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
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
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
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,
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
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.