Tagged: gay rights

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 […]

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today filed court papers claiming the federal Defense of Marriage Act discriminates against gays and the law should be repealed.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 […]

Mass. challenges federal DOMA

With a filing in U.S. District Court in Boston, Massachusetts becomes the first state to challenge the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman.  School of Law Professor Linda McClain, an authority on family law and gay rights, can discuss the legal […]

India gay-sex ban overturned

New Delhi’s high court today decriminalized homosexuality in India’s capital city, a landmark ruling expected to likely spread nationwide.  School of Law Professor Robert Volk, an authority on gay-rights law, can compare and contrast the legal situations in India and the United States. Contact Robert Volk, 617-353-3156, rvolk@bu.edu

Obama meeting gay-rights leaders

President Obama today hosts 250 gay leaders at  the White House to publicly commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn police raid, the birth of the modern gay rights movement.  The meeting comes as many in the gay community are expressing dissatisfaction with Obama’s lack of follow-through on campaign pledges about gay issues.  School […]

Fed benefits for gay partners

President Obama today signs a presidential order extending benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees.  School of Law Professor Robert Volk, an authority on rights of gays and lesbians, can discuss the legal precedents. Contact Robert Volk, 617-353-3156, rvolk@bu.edu

Obama and the DOMA

While the White House says President Obama is committed to signing a repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, his Justice Department is committed to fighting any challenges to the DOMA until Congress changes the law.  The Human Rights Campaign, a prominent gay-rights organization, protests the administration’s legal straddling.  School of Law Professor Linda McClain, […]

SCOTUS upholds “don’t ask”

The Supreme Court has upheld the “don’t ask, don’t tell” Pentagon policy barring gays and lesbians from openly serving in the military, deciding not to hear an appeal of a lower court’s rejection of a challenge to the 1993 law.  School of Law Professor Robert Volk, an authority on gay-rights law, can discuss the legal […]

N.H. same-sex marriage law a model?

In becoming the sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage, New Hampshire’s strategy was to extend marriage equality while affirming religious freedom.  School of Law Professor Linda McClain, a family law authority, asks:  “Will this message from New Hampshire and other New England states — that separate is not equal in terms if dignity, respect, and […]

N.H. to approve same-sex marriage

With New Hampshire’s governor saying he’ll sign a same-sex marriage bill into law when amended, that state is poised to become the sixth to legalize such unions.  School of Law Professor Linda McClain, an authority on family law, says the Granite State’s evolution from approving civil unions to okaying full-fledge gay marriages indicates a legal […]