Tagged: gay marriage

Calif. gay-marriage ruling challenge

A federal appeals court this week considers a request to ban the resumption of same-sex marriages in Californina that would be based on a federal judge’s ruling which said the state had no constitutional right to block such marriages — which happened when voters approved Proposition 8 last year.  Gay-marriage opponents want them to be put […]

Calif. gay-marriage ban on trial

The federal court trial has opened in San Francisco on the case challenging California’s voter-approved ban on gay marriages, the so-called Proposition 8.  Law Professor Linda McClain, an authority on family law and policy, says this case is a critical test of arguments for legalizing same-sex marriage. “For opponents of same-sex marriage, a key point […]

N.J. moves toward gay marriage

With a key committee approving a gay-marriage bill, the New Jersey legislature faces a showdown when the issue hits the full state Senate Thursday.  Law Professor Linda McClain, an authority on family law, says New Jersey lawmakers must beware of efforts to infuse the debate over civil marriages with religious arguments. “Religious opposition may well […]

Maine voters nix gay marriage

With a 53 pecent majority, Maine voters rejected that state’s new gay-marriage law, meaning same-sex marriage has lost in all 31 states in which it has been put to a popular vote.  Law Professor Robert Volk, an authority on the law and sexual minorities and advisor to the Law School’s LGBT student group, called the vote […]

D.C. considers gay marriage

The D.C. Council is considering a bill to legalize gay marriages in the District of Columbia.  The question is, will Congress block it?  School of Law Professor Linda McClain, an authority on the same-sex marriage national debate, says the answer revolves around whether conservatives will expend their political capital on this symbolic issue. Contact Linda […]

White House targets DOMA

Even as government lawyers keep defending the law, the Obama administration today filed court papers claiming the federal Defense of Marriage Act discriminates against gays and the law should be repealed.  School of Law Professor Linda McClain, an authority on family law and gay rights, can talk about where this may be headed. Contact Linda […]

California high court ruling on same-sex marriages

California’s Supreme Court today upheld last November’s state’s Proposition 8 decision by voters that overturned the high court’s earlier ruling legalizing same-sex marriages.  School of Law Professor Linda McClain, an authority on family law and policy, can comment on the legal ramifications of today’s decision. “Perhaps this, in combination with the economic problems California faces, may […]

New York same-sex marriage bill

With New York Governor Paterson introducing a same-sex marriage bill before that state’s legislature, Law Professor Linda McClain, an authority on family law and policy, says New York lawmakers may be pressured by other states moving quickly on this front. “Is this peer pressure likely to have an effect ?  Now that other lawmaking bodies are […]