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
Wyoming law currently states that "All marriage contracts which are valid by the laws of the country in which contracted are valid in this state" (Wyo. Stat. Ann. §20-1-111). This inclusive language would seem to allow state recognition of out-of-state same-sex marriages, but any such
After three Iowa State Supreme Court justices were removed from office last November (which was due in large part to a statewide ouster campaign run by the National Organization for Marriage) Iowa Republicans are taking yet another step to repeal same-sex marriage rights.
Fifty-six of the
With my exams finished, I just watched the Senate's debate (or whatever it is they do there) and vote on the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" - the ban on openly gay service in the American military. With 65 Senators voting in favor and
Yesterday I highlighted two issues to watch for: role reversal on standing and the importance of the record. Reviewing these two items show a mixed result, but probably one more likely than not to affirm the district court decision (for those not following closely,
By Mike Dorsi
Today a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in Perry v. Schwarzenegger (1 PM Eastern/10 AM Pacific, C-SPAN, http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/Perryv ), the appeal of Judge Vaughn R. Walker’s ruling that Proposition 8, by banning same-sex marriage in