Constitutional Law and Civil Rights

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Supreme Court Rules Same-Sex Marriage is a Fundamental Right
Posted on 15 Jul 2015 by GreenbergTraurig

On June 26, 2015, in a 5-4 decision authored by Justice Kennedy, the Supreme Court struck down the laws of those states that preclude same-sex marriage and also held that each state must recognize same-sex marriages lawfully performed in other states... Read More

Divorce Equality Comes To New Jersey
Posted on 10 Mar 2015 by Peter J. Gallagher

By Peter J. Gallagher ( @pjsgallagher ) When asked about same-sex marriage, the musician/politician/author Kinky Friedman is quoted as having said: “I support gay marriage. I believe they have a right to be as miserable as the rest of us.”... Read More

Diana Richmond on Hollingsworth v. Perry and U.S. v. Windsor: After Jubilation, What?
Posted on 5 Jun 2014 by Diana Richmond

Last month, as a result of the decision of United States District Court Judge John E. Jones III in Whitewood v. Wolf , 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 68771 (M.D. Pa. May 20, 2014), [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], the State of Pennsylvania... Read More

Skirmishes In States Over Same-Sex Marriage
Posted on 18 Feb 2014 by State Net

SKIRMISHES IN STATES OVER SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: Last week was a busy one for same-sex marriage, with significant developments on the issue in multiple states. Some of the biggest news came out of Nevada, where Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto (D)... Read More

7th Cir. Explains What Same-Sex Marriage and Voter ID Have in Common
Posted on 9 Oct 2014 by Foley & Lardner LLP

By Eric G. Pearson What do cases involving challenges to same-sex-marriage and voter ID laws have in common? The answer, according to a per curiam opinion issued last week by a panel of judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit... Read More

Virginia Department of Taxation Will Not Recognize Joint Returns for Same-Sex Couples After Windsor
Posted on 8 Jan 2014 by Williams Mullen

BY: THOMAS W. ALDOUS, JR. The Virginia Department of Taxation recently announced that same-sex couples married in another state must file separate Virginia income tax returns even though they file a federal return as a married couple. Background... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal Spotlight on Constitutional Rights: States Have Mixed Reaction To Court Rulings, Non-Rulings
Posted on 13 Oct 2014 by State Net

In a historic non-decision, the United States Supreme Court last week allowed to stand — without comment — the rulings of three separate federal appeals courts striking down same-sex marriage bans across five states. The high court's decision... Read More