Friday, July 10, 2009

Resources for Following the Massachusetts DOMA case

Some useful resources as you prepare to teach the issues surrounding the State of Massachusetts' suit against the federal government challenging the Defense of Marriage Act: 

The act -  1 USC §7 and 28 USC §1738(c)

The complaint  - filed in US district court in Massachusetts

Websites:

DOMA Watch (which describes itself as "a joint effort by the growing coalition of Americans and their various organizations that support the preservation of marriage as a union of one man and one woman." - the website contains an extensive case list with complaints, opinions, and other court documents)

The Human Rights Campaign (which describes itself as "America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality" - the Marriage & Relationship Recognition pages, have a variety of resources on the issue).

GLAD (Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders) has also filed a suit challenging DOMA - their website contains resources on both lawsuits.

For scholarship on DOMA, Professor Mark Strasser of Capital University has a number of articles addressing DOMA available on SSRN.  Most recently posted on SSRN, Professor Patricia Cain of Santa Clara University has an article on the intersection of DOMA and the Internal Revenue Code.

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