July 18, 2009
The NAACP and same-sex marriage
A Huffington Post piece explores the conflict in the NAACP over same-sex marriage, which pits deep-seated, religiously based homophobia against the progressive civil rights views of such respected leaders as Julian Bond. Includes links to a powerful speech by Bond and a CNN interview with NAACP head Banjamin Jealous.
July 16, 2009
Iraq war vet turned congressman mounts campaign to repeal DADT
Rep. Patrick Murphy, an Iraq war veteran and Democratic member of Congress from Pennsylvania, says it is time to end the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy. "We can not afford to wait any longer" for the policy's repeal, Murphy said in a recent appearance at the National Press Club in Washington. "Now is the time to change this, when our military is stretched so thin" with wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
July 15, 2009
Prof is waging a one-man battle against Wisconsin's anti-marriage law
Professor Bill McConkey, a political science and communications professor at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and father of a lesbian daughter, is the driving force behind a pending challenge to Wisconsin's constitutional ban on gay marriage that will be heard this fall by the state's supreme court. The Madison, WI Capital Times has a nice profile. I served on a panel with Professor McConkey last month in Milwaukee for the American Constitution Society. He's funny, powerful, charismatic, and utterly committed on this issue
July 14, 2009
Bill Clinton supports same-sex marriage
The former president, who signed the Defense of Marriage Act, now says he is “basically in support” of gay marriage.
Massachusetts sues feds over DOMA
In the latest federal lawsuit to challenge the Defense of Marriage Act, the State of Massachusetts claims that Section 3 of DOMA, which decrees that the federal government will not recognize any same-sex marriage, exceeds Congress' authority and interferes with the state's sovereign authority to regulate the marital status of its residents. Attorney General Martha Coakley's statement is available here. The complaint filed in federal court is available here.
July 13, 2009
Prof. Carlos Ball on 4 reasons for hope about Obama and gay rights
In a Huffington Post column, Rutgers law professor Carlos Ball considers the Obama administration's missteps and failures on gay rights and suggests some reasons for hope. Among these are the fact that the next census will count legally married gay couples, and that the administration has appointed several high ranking openly gay officials.
July 12, 2009
Law profs analyze "state of the union" for same-sex couples
Law professors Joanna Grossman and Edward Stein begin a three-part series at Findlaw on what they call the "state of the union" on the rights of same-sex couples in the United States. In the first installment, they offer a brief history of the battle over the same-sex marriage -- from the first wave of cases in the 1970s in which the idea of same-sex marriage was broached and roundly rejected, through the most recent legislative and judicial developments that have made same-sex marriage a legal reality. In parts two and three, they will describe the current legal landscape for same-sex couples and the current state of the law regarding interstate recognition of marriages.