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.
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
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."
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 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
This is the first in what will be a series of online discussions hosted by HarvardCRCL.org. Each discussion will focus on an event held at Harvard Law School discussing issues pertinent to civil rights and civil liberties. Amicus contributors will summarize the discussion