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New Benefits with Supreme Court Rulings on Gay Marriage

Lawyers.com Editor-in-Chief wrote the following editorial, published in LGBTQ Nation on June 27, 2013.   Two bad laws died on June 26. The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a state and a federal law that defined marriage as something for heterosexual couples only. For the 130,000 legally-married couples in the U.S., this means an end to second-class status and end to a stigma in the law. I predicted one year ago that the court would strike down provisions in the federal Defense of Marriage …

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Posted 10 months ago in Gay and Lesbian issues by Aaron Kase  
Supreme Court Allows Gay Marriage To Resume in California

The U.S. Supreme Court today sent back a challenge to California’s gay marriage ban for lack of standing, which will most likely bring full marriage equality to the state. Because state officials declined to defend the law, the court reasoned in a 5-4 decision, the parties who challenged a district court ruling that threw out the ban had no right to bring an appeal. “We have never before upheld the standing of a private party to defend constitutionality of a …

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Posted 10 months ago in Gay and Lesbian issues by Aaron Kase  
Defense of Marriage Act Thrown Out by Supreme Court

A large chunk of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today. The federal government must recognize same-sex marriages that have been legally performed by the states, the justices ruled in Windsor v. United States. The 5-4 decision does not create a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. Previously, DOMA had blocked LGBT couples from federal marriage benefits, including tax perks, social security and immigration rules. Over 1,000 federal laws and programs are affected by marriage …

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Posted 10 months ago in Government Your Personal Rights by Larry Bodine  
Supreme Court Announces Key Decisions this Week [Radio]

Lawyers.com Editor-in-Chief Larry Bodine was interviewed this morning on WBBA (820 AM) News Talk Florida, in Tampa, on the decisions that the U.S. Supreme Court is releasing this week. Larry discusses four key decisions that cover affirmative action in college admissions, gay marriage and the Voting Rights Act. He discusses Fisher v. University of Texas, where a white, female applicant, Abigail Fisher, accused the school of reverse discrimination in denying her admission. He also reviews the Defense of Marriage Act …

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Posted 10 months ago in Gay and Lesbian issues Government by Betsy Kim  
Supreme Court Possible Rulings on Prop. 8 [Infographic]

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to soon announce its decision on Proposition 8, a 2008 California law, which banned same-sex marriage. The high court could strike down Prop. 8, finding it unconstitutional; decline to rule, noting the proponents’ lack of standing; or uphold the law, citing states’ rights. The American Foundation for Equal Rights infographic below also maps out the possible status of gay marriage across the country, depending on the court’s decision. Let us know in the comment …

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