July 15, 2013 |
LE CHESNAY, France - Through his office window, Philippe Brillault can see the palace of Versailles, where Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were beset by an angry mob and forced to move to Paris in the beginning days of the French Revolution. Brillault now sees another kind of revolution, one he believes will also have profound social consequences. As the mayor of Le Chesnay, he refuses to participate: He will not, he says, personally conduct any same-sex weddings in this affluent Paris suburb, even though such unions have just been made legal nationwide.
March 28, 2013 |
After two days of arguments on same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court seemed poised to give gays and lesbians a major legal victory but probably not the immediate right to marry in all states that many of them had hoped for. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy's questions during Wednesday's oral arguments suggested that he was leaning toward joining the court's four liberals in taking an important but limited step to strike down federal discrimination against...
March 27, 2013 |
The Supreme Court, hearing arguments on the emotionally charged issue of gay marriage for the first time, appeared willing Tuesday to restore marital rights to gays and lesbians in California but uncomfortable with legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide. The justices sounded sharply divided as they considered Proposition 8, California's ban on gay marriage, and wary of going too far, too fast. None of them spoke up for a sweeping ruling that would require every state to change its marriage laws.
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March 27, 2013 |
Legal experts said Wednesday that U.S. Supreme Court justices suggested they might strike down the Defense of Marriage Act that denies federal benefits to legally married gay couples. It marked the second landmark gay-rights case the justices considered this week. On Tuesday, they heard testimony on Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriages. Some members of the U.S. Supreme Court appeared to be concerned Wednesday that a federal law barring recognition of same-sex marriages interfered with state rights, a law professor said.
March 27, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Wednesday's arguments underway before the Supreme Court could give the justices an opportunity to strike down the federal Defense of Marriage Act -- the law that denies federal benefits to same-sex couples who are legally married. But just like Tuesday's case challenging California's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage, a ruling on the substance of the issue could be forestalled by procedural issues. If the justices find that procedural barriers block them from getting to the merits of the case they would, in effect, decide the case by default -- a lower-court ruling that held the law unconstitutional would stand.
March 26, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court asked skeptical questions Tuesday of former Reagan administration lawyer Charles J. Cooper about his assertion that California's ban on gay marriage should be upheld. Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. questioned Cooper as to whether his clients had standing to challenge lower court decisions overturning Proposition 8. Justice Anthony Kennedy, seen as the swing vote on the issue, asked about the rights of children whose parents are already married.