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10 Mar, 2015

The Supreme Court and Same-sex Marriage

2019-03-18T18:47:29+00:00March 10th, 2015|Tags: , , , , , |

The Supreme Court is prepared to end a controversy that has divided much of the nation for the past two decades:  Do states have: (a) the power to ban same-sex marriages, and (b) the power to refuse to recognize such marriages performed in another state? The Court will hear oral argument in four vided cases [...]

12 Feb, 2015

Filing Amici Briefs in the Same-Sex Marriage Cases

2019-03-18T18:47:30+00:00February 12th, 2015|Tags: , , , , , |

  In January, the Supreme Court granted cert. review of the same-sex marriage bans in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee to determine whether state-level bans against gay marriage, as well as state laws forbidding the recognition of gay marriages performed in other states, violate the federal Constitution.  All four cases – #14-556, #14-562, #14-571, and [...]

8 Aug, 2014

New Petition Filed in Same-Sex Marriage Case

2014-08-08T16:49:14+00:00August 8th, 2014|Tags: , , , , |

Today, August 8th, 2014, Cockle Legal Briefs printed and filed Virginia's petition in the same-sex marriage case Rainey v. Bostic, et al. in the United States Supreme Court. The question presented is: Whether Virginia violates the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses by denying the right of marriage to same-sex couples and by refusing to recognize same-sex marriages [...]

18 Jan, 2012

Conor Friedersdorf Rebuts Santorum’s Arguments Against Same-Sex Marriage

2012-01-18T05:07:55+00:00January 18th, 2012|Tags: , , , |

Same-sex marriage promises to be an enormously divisive issue in this election year. No current candidate stands for gay marriage: President Obama advocates civil unions and Congressman Ron Paul says that the issue should be left to the states. Yet, several candidates are vehemently opposed to same-sex marriage. One of them is Rick Santorum. Now, [...]

4 Nov, 2010

How the Iowa vote may improve the long-term chances for same-sex marriage

2010-11-04T22:24:05+00:00November 4th, 2010|Tags: , , , |

Three justices of the Iowa Supreme Court were defeated for election to new terms on Tuesday. It is as clear as could be that they lost because they had joined in Varnum v. Brien, 763 N.W.2d 862 (Iowa 2009), the court’s unanimous decision holding that the state constitution gives same-sex couples a right to marry. Especially given that Iowa is a relatively moderate state – it has a Democratic Governor but just elected a Republican one; it has two long-standing Senators, one Republican and one a liberal Democrat; and Obama thumped McCain there in 2008 – one might well expect that high court judges in other states will take note and be more hesitant than they might have been to follow in the same path as Varnum.