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The Supreme Court Weighs The Constitutionality Of Restricting Marriage To Opposite Sex Couples, And The Impact Their Decision May...

Background - Today, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument on two questions regarding the Constitutionality of state laws limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples. In 2013, the Supreme Court side-stepped the issue...more

Video Interview: Discussing the Ramifications of Extending FMLA Rights to Same-Sex Couples

On Tuesday night, the Alabama Supreme Court ordered the state’s probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Last month, a U.S. federal judge in Alabama ordered an Alabama official to issue marriage...more

7th Cir. Explains What Same-Sex Marriage and Voter ID Have in Common

What do cases involving challenges to same-sex-marriage and voter ID laws have in common? The answer, according to a per curiam opinion issued today by a panel of judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh...more

FEC Clarifies Rules to Allow Same-Sex Married Couples the Same Rights as Heterosexual Married Couples

In response to the Supreme Court’s ruling in June 2013 striking down provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the Federal Election Commission (FEC) has clarified that same-sex married couples are entitled to the same...more

FEC Issues Two Advisory Opinions in Light of US v. Windsor

Yesterday, the Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) became one of the first federal government agencies to take action in accordance with the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor....more

Supreme Court Dismisses California's Proposition 8 Same-Sex Marriage Case

Sidestepping a highly divisive issue, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled yesterday that it lacked authority to decide on the merits whether an initiative passed by California voters limiting marriage to opposite gender couples...more

Supreme Court Rules DOMA Is Out, Same-Sex Marriages Are Legal

As the 2012 term of the U. S. Supreme Court comes to a close, the Justices left the most politically and emotionally charged decisions for last. On June 26, 2013, the Court handed down its decision striking down the federal...more

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Federal Law Defining “Marriage” Is Unconstitutional

This morning, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its highly anticipated decision in United States v. Windsor, ruling that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional on equal protection grounds. With...more

Results of State Voter Referendums on Same-Sex Marriage: Implications for Employee Benefit Plans

Voters in Maine, Maryland and Washington approved the legalization of same-sex marriage in their states. In addition, voters in Minnesota rejected a state constitutional amendment to define marriage as an opposite-sex union....more

Upcoming State Voter Referendums on Same-Sex Marriage

Voter referendums on same-sex marriage will be on the November ballots in four states: Maryland, Washington, Maine and Minnesota. The outcome of these referendums may complicate the options and obligations of employers in...more

Minnesota Government Update - April 29, 2011

In the midst of nearly around the clock work on policy and budget bills, the Legislature nonetheless took up two highly controversial bills this past week. Here’s an overview of the week that was and the forecast for next...more

The Obama Administration's New Position on Same-Sex Marriages

Under current federal law, individuals recognized as same-sex spouses under state law are not considered married for purposes of federal law. This has ramifications in a number of areas, such as federal income taxation and...more

Chief Justice Ronald M. George: The Most Notable Opinions

For the final day of our profile of retiring California Chief Justice Ronald M. George, we offer our own subjective list of the Chief Justice’s most notable opinions. If anyone has a nomination for a favorite case that...more

New Challenge to the Federal Defense of Marriage Act

On September 15, 2009, a bill (H.R. 3567, entitled the "Respect for Marriage Act of 2009") was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and to "ensure respect for...more

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