High court to hear gay marriage cases in April

WASHINGTON (AP) – Setting the stage for a potentially historic ruling, the Supreme Court says it will decide whether same-sex couples nationwide have a right to marry under the Constitution. The justices said Friday they will review an appellate ruling that upheld bans on same-sex unions in four states. The case will be argued in…

Ginsburg: Watch 6th Circuit on Gay Marriage

People seeking clues about how soon the Supreme Court might weigh in on states’ gay marriage bans should pay close attention to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told a Minnesota audience Tuesday. Ginsburg said cases pending before the circuit covering Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee would probably play a role…

32 States Ask SCOTUS to Rule on Marriage Equality

Yesterday, on the heels of the Judge Richard Posner’s brilliant pro-marriage equality ruling out of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, attorneys general from 32 states — three out of every five states in the country — filed two separate briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court urging the justices to rule on same-sex marriage. The…

Under Obama, Windsor Implementation Constitutes the Largest Conferral of LGBT Rights in History

Earlier today, the Justice Department released a report detailing the Obama administration’s broad implementation of the Supreme Court’s United States v. Windsor decision, which struck down key components of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) last year.  Under the leadership of President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, the breadth with which this administration has implemented the Windsor decision…

Lawyers Olson and Boies want Virginia as same-sex marriage test case

The legal team that overturned California’s ban on same-sex marriage is targeting Virginia to launch another challenge aimed at convincing the Supreme Court that gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry no matter where they live. The American Foundation for Equal Rights — with its attention-getting political odd couple of conservative Republican lawyer…