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President Obama Must Evolve Again On Marriage Equality

John Becker | Posted 02.12.2013 | Gay Voices
John Becker

Obama must publicly acknowledge before the U.S. Supreme Court that the Constitution's guarantee of equal protection under the law applies to all couples who wish to marry, regardless of the state in which they live or whether their spouse is named Michael or Michelle.

Supreme Court Will Hear Challenges To Prop 8, DOMA

Scottie Thomaston | Posted 02.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Scottie Thomaston

The Supreme Court announced today that it will take up the Prop 8 case and one of the several DOMA cases. The next step in the review process for both cases is a scheduling order, which should come soon, laying out the date for oral arguments at the Supreme Court.

Supreme Court Steps Up On Marriage Equality Cases

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 02.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

Today we rejoice in this opportunity for our Justices to affirm our Constitution's promises of liberty, equality and human dignity as we watch the arc of the moral universe continue to bend toward justice.

Marriage Equality: It's The Stories

Rob Reiner | Posted 01.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Rob Reiner

There will be a natural tendency to focus on the legal challenges and the political fights, but history will show the true story of how we achieved marriage equality and how it was in fact a quilt woven of thousands of personal tales, most of which existed entirely outside the courtroom.

Plaintiffs In Challenge To Prop 8 Ask Supreme Court To Decline To Review Case

Scottie Thomaston | Posted 10.24.2012 | Gay Voices
Scottie Thomaston

The plaintiffs, as expected, oppose Supreme Court review of this case, writing that "this Court's traditional standards for the exercise of certiorari jurisdiction lead inexorably to the conclusion that this Court's review is not warranted."

Prop 8 Proponents Petition the Supreme Court to Review the Case

Scottie Thomaston | Posted 09.30.2012 | Gay Voices
Scottie Thomaston

The proponents of Proposition 8 in California have petitioned the Supreme Court for certiorari to review the case, in a long-awaited and expected move.

Supreme Timing: Why It's Better For The Supreme Court To Hear The DOMA Case Before The Prop 8 Case (Part 5)

Jacob Combs | Posted 09.23.2012 | Gay Voices
Jacob Combs

When viewed through a longer lens, it becomes clear, to me, at least, that the DOMA cases will have a huge impact on marriage equality in the U.S., whereas the Prop 8 case will be an important but less integral part of a natural progression.

Supreme Timing: Why It's Better For The Supreme Court To Hear The DOMA Case Before The Prop 8 Case (Part 4)

Jacob Combs | Posted 09.05.2012 | Gay Voices
Jacob Combs

At the very least, because of the civil-unions issue, it it clear that a DOMA decision at the Supreme Court before a Prop 8 decision would be a more logical one, because striking down DOMA would affect future Prop 8 litigation, but striking down Prop 8 would have no effect on DOMA.

Supreme Timing: Why It's Better For The Supreme Court To Hear The DOMA Case Before The Prop 8 Case (Part 3)

Jacob Combs | Posted 08.26.2012 | Gay Voices
Jacob Combs

DOMA radically changed the status quo for American marital law (at least for gay and lesbian couples), and the Supreme Court may very well look favorably upon restoring the traditional federalism of state marriage rights that existed before DOMA was enacted.

Supreme Timing: Why It's Better For The Supreme Court To Hear The DOMA Case Before The Prop 8 Case (Part 2)

Jacob Combs | Posted 08.19.2012 | Gay Voices
Jacob Combs

The federalism claims that the DOMA cases make are relatively comfortable waters in which the Supreme Court's conservative justices can swim. Judge Reinhardt's Prop 8 analysis, on the other hand, however cautious it may be, is essentially a brand-new constitutional argument.

Supreme Timing: Why It's Better For The Supreme Court To Hear The DOMA Case Before The Prop 8 Case (Part 1)

Jacob Combs | Posted 08.14.2012 | Gay Voices
Jacob Combs

I firmly agree that the best possible outcome for marriage equality in the next year or so is for the Supreme Court to consider the DOMA cases, uphold the lower courts' rulings striking down the law, and decline to hear the challenge to the Ninth Circuit's Prop 8 decision.

Californians: Start Planning Your 2012 Winter Wedding Now

Laurence Watts | Posted 08.06.2012 | Gay Voices
Laurence Watts

Why would the U.S. Supreme Court take up such a case? It would do so if there exists a wider issue to consider, but given Reinhardt's narrow ruling, there really isn't.

Gaming Out Gay Marriage's Path To The Supreme Court

Steve Sanders | Posted 08.06.2012 | Gay Voices
Steve Sanders

With rulings on gay marriage from two federal appellate courts in the past week, it is now more likely that the Supreme Court will finally grapple with the key civil rights issue of our time. We are in a stage where timing, litigation strategy, and judicial politics will all be critical.

Ninth Circuit Denies Request To Rehear Prop 8 Case, So What Happens Now?

Scottie Thomaston | Posted 08.05.2012 | Gay Voices
Scottie Thomaston

Now that the Ninth Circuit has denied en banc rehearing of the three-judge panel's decision, the case will face its final test soon, at the Supreme Court, as Prop 8's proponents are widely expected to seek review of the three-judge panel's decision.

Marriage Equality and the Constitution's Guarantee of Equality for All Persons

David Gans | Posted 04.15.2012 | Politics
David Gans

The Ninth Circuit concluded that Proposition 8 discriminated against gay men and lesbians, not to further any proper legislative goal, but to decree their inequality, "to lessen the[ir] status and human dignity... and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior...."

Prop 8: One Landmark Decision Begets Another

Jon Davidson | Posted 04.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Jon Davidson

When politicians attack Perry or any judicial decision that doesn't accord with their own views, claiming those decisions are the product of "rogue" judges, they reveal a frightening misunderstanding of the American legal system.

Constitution Check: Do Gay Couples Now Have a Constitutional Right to Get Married?

Lyle Denniston | Posted 04.09.2012 | Politics
Lyle Denniston

Under the Ninth Circuit Court's new ruling, Proposition 8 was found to violate the federal Constitution, so it no longer would control, and thus the right of gays and lesbians to marry would be restored fully under that ruling, assuming that the decision stands.

Release The Tapes And Heal a Nation

Rick Jacobs | Posted 10.28.2011 | Politics
Rick Jacobs

The evidence in Perry v. Schwarzenegger made clear that gays and lesbians are denied full equality because of historic prejudice and fear. There is no other reason, but the problem is only 0.000001 percent of Americans actually got to see it.