September 6, 2012 |
Cassie Jaye's "The Right to Love: An American Family" is a well-assembled documentary about a vital topic - marriage equality - that revolves around popular YouTube bloggers Jay Foxworthy and Bryan Leffew, an appealing and articulate pair of married gay dads. Yet, it's expressly because the film is so intimately focused on these two men and their adopted young children (instead of, say, profiling a variety of LGBT-led families) that it often resembles more of a self-serving home video diary than the broad-based call to action that was clearly intended.
January 16, 2010 |
You don't have to believe in cameras in the courtroom to be troubled by the U.S. Supreme Court's decision this week forbidding cameras from recording the constitutional challenge to California's Proposition 8. Proponents of marriage equality are suing in a San Francisco federal court, arguing that the state ballot measure deprives gay couples of rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution's equal-protection clause. The federal trial court planned to stream its proceedings live to several other courtrooms and to post a nightly video record on its website.
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March 26, 2013 |
Facebook users are seeing red Tuesday, and it has nothing to do with a Taylor Swift album or a Target commercial. Instead, gay marriage supporters across the nation have changed their profile pictures to a stark red equal sign as they monitor the Supreme Court's hearing of California's Proposition 8. The red equal sign is an alteration of the Human Rights Campaign's standard blue and yellow logo. The advocacy group, which “seeks to improve the lives of LGBT Americans,” has called on its followers to show support for marriage equality by wearing red Tuesday.
March 29, 2013 |
After this week's arguments in the Supreme Court over same-sex marriage, the conventional wisdom is that five justices --including perennial swing vote Anthony Kennedy - are likely to strike down the federal Defense of Marriage Act defining marriage for federal purposes as the union of a man and a woman. Supporters of same-sex marriage should take what they can get, but the likely rationale for such a decision - that Congress unconstitutionally overrode state definitions of marriage - is the ultimate argument of convenience for liberals, an example of what I like to call fair-weather federalism.
June 27, 2013 |
The twin rulings on marriage equality Wednesday were historic in different ways. One of them - Justice Anthony M. Kennedy's decision in Windsor vs. United States, which struck down a key portion of the federal Defense of Marriage Act - will be celebrated for its ringing endorsement of the equality and dignity of same-sex couples. The second decision is poised to be historic not so much for its language but for its effect. In Hollingsworth vs. Perry, the court found that Proposition 8's proponents lacked legal standing to appeal a lower court decision declaring that measure unconstitutional.
August 13, 2010 |
When you don't win an argument on the merits, change the subject. That seems to be the favorite tactic of groups opposed to marriage equality for same-sex couples. Last week, U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker ruled that Proposition 8, California's voter-approved amendment restricting marriage to one man and one woman, was unconstitutional. So now the opponents of same-sex marriage, who didn't win on the facts of the case, have found something else to argue about. Citing reports that Walker is gay, Proposition 8's supporters are insisting that their case didn't get a fair trial because someone who is gay couldn't rule on the case without bias.
December 5, 2010 |
In 1948, the idea of interracial marriage in the United States was almost unimaginable. The few polls on this topic at the time showed that Americans were nearly unanimous in their disapproval of it. There is little evidence that Californians felt any different. Yet that year saw the legalization of interracial marriage in California ? not because voters approved it or because legislators supported it but because California's courts ruled that banning it violated the U.S. Constitution.
December 9, 2012 |
On Nov. 6, for the first time in American history, a majority of voters in a state - indeed, in three states - approved same-sex marriage. On Friday, the Supreme Court decided to weigh in on the issue, granting review in cases challenging the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and in a case contesting the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8, which barred same-sex marriage. DOMA is likely to prove the easier issue for the court, assuming the justices rule on the merits of either or both cases (there are procedural issues that, depending on how the justices are inclined, could block them from considering the merits)
February 8, 2012 |
Tuesday's federal court ruling declaring Proposition 8 unconstitutional can be easily explained: There is no legitimate government interest in prohibiting same-sex marriages. It is for this reason that the Supreme Court is likely to affirm the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and hold that the denial of marriage equality to gays and lesbians violates the U.S. Constitution. In one sense, the 9th Circuit ruled narrowly, holding only that Proposition 8 was unconstitutional because it rescinded an existing right in the state.
March 27, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Six Democratic senators have announced their support for same-sex marriage in nearly as many days, policy reversals that reflect the changing politics of the issue as the Supreme Court hears arguments in potential landmark cases. Since Sunday, Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Jon Tester of Montana, John D. "Jay" Rockefeller IV of West Virginia, Mark Warner of Virginia, Mark Begich of Alaska and Kay Hagan of North Carolina issued statements in support of marriage equality, bringing to 47 the total number of senators now in favor.