Tagged: same-sex 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 struck down

For the first time, a gay-marriage ban has been struck down on federal constitutional grounds.  Federal court Judge Vaughn Walker’s ruling on California’s controversial Proposition 8, which had barred same-sex marriages in that state, now heads to the appeals court level and is expected to eventually be decided in the U.S. Supreme Court.  Law Professor […]

Hawaii legislature okays civil unions

The Hawaii legislature approved a civil-unions bill and sent it to Republican Gov. Linda Lingle, who has 45 days to either sign it or send it back to lawmakers for a possible override vote.  Law Professor Linda McClain, an authority on family law and policy, says it’s significant this bill emerged through the democratic process […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Maine okays same-sex marriage

Law Professor Linda McClain, an expert in family law and policy, says it is interesting how Maine became the fifth state to legalize same-sex marriages when Governor John Baldacci signed the bill passed by the state Senate. “Maine is interesting because it has a relatively modest domestic partnership law that is not nearly as inclusive […]

Vermont okays gay marriage, a legal milestone

Law Professor Linda McClain, an authority on family law and policy, says Vermont’s legislature legalizing gay marriage marks an erosion of political resistance to same-sex unions – at least in that state. “One objection to the Massachusetts high court’s approach of ruling that the constitutional remedy for excluding gay men and lesbians from marriage was […]

Iowa high court shoots down gay-marriage ban

Law Professor Linda McClain, an authority on family law, says the Iowa Supreme Court’s ruling unconstitutional that state’s same-sex-marriage ban is a big legal deal but likely will be challenged. “This is major.  What may happen next is an effort, as in California, to overturn the court by amending Iowa’s constitution.  By contrast to California, […]