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Gibson Dunn's Theodore B. Olson Named To TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential List
Posted on 12 May 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has announced that TIME has named Washington, D.C., partner Theodore B. Olson to the 2010 TIME 100, the magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Olson is recognized... Read More

High Court Hears Arguments On Privacy Of Petition Signers
Posted on 28 Apr 2010 by Bajeerah LaCava

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) Individuals who signed a referendum petition opposing Washington state's "everything but marriage" same-sex domestic partner law have a right to keep their identities private, an attorney representing the... Read More

Michigan Federal Judge Is 6th To Strike Down Prohibition On Same-Sex Marriage In Wake Of United States v. Windsor
Posted on 26 Mar 2014 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

On March 21, Senior U.S. District Judge Bernard A. Friedman of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan struck down MCLS Const. Art. I, § 25 , an amendment to the Michigan Constitution prohibiting same-sex marriage, Deboer v.... Read More

Texas Federal Court Is Latest To Strike Down State Prohibitions On Same-Sex Marriage
Posted on 28 Feb 2014 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

On Wednesday, Feb. 26, U.S. District Judge Orlando L. Garcia of the Western District of Texas struck down the Texas ban on same-sex marriage. This ruling was the latest in a series of federal rulings handed down in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: Supreme Court Weighs In On Major ‘Equal Protection' Cases
Posted on 3 Jul 2013 by State Net

Last week was an historic one for the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices handed down rulings on three weighty issues that have been contested in statehouses across the country for decades: affirmative action, same-sex marriage and the Voting Rights Act... Read More

Prop. 8: Which Side Has More To Lose?
Posted on 30 Sep 2010 by Michelle Olsen, Appellate Daily

This post first appeared on Appellate Daily . Assuming Prop. 8 reaches the Supreme Court on the merits, which side has more to lose? If the Court strikes down Prop. 8 as unconstitutional, its supporters will lose California, as well as forty-four other... Read More

Federal Estate Tax Equality for Same-Sex Couples
Posted on 18 Jun 2012 by Duane Morris LLP

As a result of this groundbreaking case, couples living in states that license or respect same-sex marriages are now entitled to equal treatment for federal estate-tax purposes. On June 6, 2012, in Windsor v. United States , U.S. District Judge Barbara... Read More

Judge Overturns California Gay Marriage Ban
Posted on 4 Aug 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) A federal judge overturned California's same-sex marriage ban Wednesday in a landmark case that could eventually land before the U.S. Supreme Court to decide if gays have a constitutional right to marry in America. Chief U.S.... Read More

Texas Mom Challenges Transgender Widow's Marriage
Posted on 23 Jul 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

HOUSTON - (AP) The family of a southeast Texas firefighter killed in a July 4 blaze has sued to void his marriage to his transgender widow and prevent her from getting his death benefits because she was born a man and Texas doesn't recognize same... Read More

Opponents Of Gay Marriage Ban Must Release Memos
Posted on 23 Mar 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

SAN FRANCISCO – (AP) Civil rights groups that campaigned against California's same-sex marriage ban must surrender some of their internal campaign memos and e-mails to lawyers for the other side, a federal judge ruled Monday. U.S. District... Read More

Evidence Skirmish Could Delay End Of Prop 8 Trial
Posted on 17 Mar 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

SAN FRANCISCO – (AP) An attempt by civil rights groups to keep sponsors of California's same-sex marriage ban from obtaining internal campaign documents could delay a verdict in the federal trial on the constitutionality of Proposition... Read More

Government Drops Defense Of Anti-Gay Marriage Law
Posted on 23 Feb 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) In a major policy reversal, the Obama administration said Wednesday it will no longer defend the constitutionality of a federal law banning recognition of same-sex marriage. Attorney General Eric Holder said President Barack Obama... Read More

Judge Doubts Gay Marriage Ban Backers Can Appeal
Posted on 13 Aug 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) The federal judge who overturned California's same-sex marriage ban has more bad news for the measure's sponsors: he not only is unwilling to keep gay couples from marrying beyond next Wednesday, he doubts the ban's backers... Read More

California Gays Must Wait To Wed During Prop 8 Appeal
Posted on 17 Aug 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) Gay couples who had been gearing up to get married in California this week had to put their wedding plans on hold once again after a federal appeals court said it first wanted to consider the constitutionality of the state's same... Read More

Feds Appeal Mass. Rulings Against U.S. Marriage Law
Posted on 13 Oct 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

BOSTON - (AP) The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday defended the federal law defining marriage as between a man and a woman by appealing two rulings in Massachusetts by a judge who called the law unconstitutional for denying federal benefits to gay... Read More