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High Court: Ban On Benefits For Same-Sex Married Couples Unconstitutional
Posted on 26 Jun 2013 by Cheryl Keely

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) In a 5-to-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court on June 26 struck down as unconstitutional Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage as the legal union between one man and one woman as husband... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: Momentum Shift On Gay Marriage?
Posted on 23 Nov 2013 by State Net

With Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's (D) signing of SB 10 last week, his state became the 16th to legalize same-sex marriage. But that action may have marked a major turn in the battle over the issue. This year five states with Democrat-controlled legislatures... Read More

Heinle and La Vita on Gill v. Office of Personnel Management: the downfall of DOMA?
Posted on 3 Oct 2010 by LexisNexis Emerging Issues Community Staff

By Teresa M. Harkins La Vita This Emerging Issues Analysis analyzes the District Court's ruling in Gill v. Office of Personnel Management . The author addresses the impact that this decision, out of the United States District Court in Massachusetts... Read More

Illinois House of Representatives Fails to Vote on Marriage Bill
Posted on 5 Jun 2013 by LexisNexis Emerging Issues Law Community Staff

"This is a stunning failure in the Illinois House. Lambda Legal's lawsuit will move forward..." At the close of the legislative session, the Illinois House of Representatives did not call for a floor vote or advance The Religious Freedom... Read More

Supreme Court Finds No Standing To Appeal Same-Sex Marriage Ruling
Posted on 27 Jun 2013 by LexisNexis Emerging Issues Law Community Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) Proponents of California's Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriage did not have standing to appeal a ruling finding the ballot initiative unconstitutional, the U.S. Supreme Court held June 26 in a 5-4 ruling ( Dennis... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: Governors Brace For Marriage Fight To Return To States
Posted on 3 Jul 2013 by State Net

Governors reacted somewhat predictably to the Supreme Court's historic decisions supporting same-sex marriage last Wednesday, with Democrats hailing the rulings and Republicans bemoaning them. But there is one thing both sides can agree on: the battle... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: What Supreme Court Decisions Could Mean For the States
Posted on 30 Jul 2013 by State Net

By Lou Cannon The Supreme Court's momentous rulings last month on three issues shook up the country and the states. The court gave conservatives a victory on voting rights while moving the country in a liberal direction on marriage equality. Disappointing... Read More

Ninth Circuit Conducts Oral Argument on Proposition 8, Marriage for Same-Sex Couples, by Diana Richmond
Posted on 31 Dec 2010 by Diana Richmond

By Diana Richmond, Partner, Sideman & Bancroft LLP This Emerging Issues Analysis examines the December 6, 2010 oral argument, heard by a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, on whether Proposition 8, limiting the right to marry... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal: Gay Marriage Battle Begins in Minnesota
Posted on 13 Mar 2013 by State Net

Emboldened by Minnesota voters' simultaneous rejection of a proposed constitutional ban on same-sex unions and termination of GOP control of both houses of the Legislature in November, a pair of DFL lawmakers have introduced legislation seeking to... Read More

Teresa M. Harkins La Vita on The American Bar Association's Resolution 111: On the Road to Marriage Equality in America
Posted on 14 Dec 2010 by LexisNexis Emerging Issues Community Staff

By Teresa M. Harkins La Vita This Emerging Issues Analysis addresses the American Bar Association's Resolution 111, which urges state, territorial, and tribal governments to eliminate all of their legal barriers to civil marriage between two persons... Read More