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BY ARI EZRA WALDMAN During oral argument in Obergefell v. Hodges, the same-sex marriage case, Chief Justice John Roberts asked an important, substantive question that had some commentators scratching their heads. The plaintiffs' lawyer had just made the argument that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2015 at Towleroad
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no. i think ms bonauto was the right choice. she did an amazing job under extraordinarily difficult circumstances.
I disagree that she had an off day. She got a little off her talking points at first, but that was a particularly difficult bench and she went first. Within 15 minutes, she was back on her A game. I thought she did a fine job.
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BY ARI EZRA WALDMAN On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in a case called Obergefell v. Hodges. Mr. Obergefell, an Ohio man who married his late husband in a medically-equipped jet on a tarmac in Maryland, is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at Towleroad
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BY ARI EZRA WALDMAN This post is a continuation - to read the first part, click HERE. In Part I of this post, we took Kenji Yoshino's invitation, sparked by his book, Speak Now, on Hollingsworth v. Perry, to take... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at Towleroad
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BY ARI EZRA WALDMAN Within a week, voices of reason forced Indiana's Republican governor and legislature to back away from a law that would have allowed almost any private party to claim religious freedom when it wanted to discriminate against... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at Towleroad
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BY ARI EZRA WALDMAN Governor Mike Pence of Indiana has, along with a group of apologists on the right, gone to great lengths to assure the public that his state's right-to-discriminate law is no different than the federal Religious Freedom... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2015 at Towleroad
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BY ARI EZRA WALDMAN This article is one in a multipart series leading up to a future Supreme Court decision on marriage equality. The Court has granted review of four marriage cases from the Sixth Circuit and a decision may... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2015 at Towleroad
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BY ARI EZRA WALDMAN This article is one in a multipart series leading up to a future Supreme Court decision on marriage equality. The Court has granted review of four marriage cases from the Sixth Circuit and a decision may... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2015 at Towleroad
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BY ARI EZRA WALDMAN There are several great summaries out there about what happened yesterday at the Fifth Circuit, which heard marriage equality appeals from Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Among others, I recommend the summaries from Chris Johnson at the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2015 at Towleroad
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BY ARI EZRA WALDMAN As you know, the justices of the Supreme Court met in private today to discuss, among many other things, whether to take any of the marriage equality cases out of the Sixth Circuit. If you recall,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at Towleroad
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BY ARI EZRA WALDMAN Roberta Kaplan, the Paul Weiss attorney who was Edie Windsor's attorney, is in New Orleans to argue for marriage equality at the Fifth Circuit. The cases on appeal come from Texas, Mississippi, and Louisiana, the last... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at Towleroad
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BY ARI EZRA WALDMAN Today, the Supreme Court is meeting in private to decide what cases on its docket it will hear. Among the many cases on the docket are a handful of marriage equality cases out of Tennessee, Michigan,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at Towleroad
Please note that I never said there would be a 7-2 vote in favor of striking down bans on the freedom to marry. I suggested that there may be as many as 6 justices willing to take the case. Deciding to take the case says nothing about how they will vote.
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BY ARI EZRA WALDMAN As Towleroad has reported, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court will meet in private tomorrow - January 9 - to consider, among other things, whether to grant a hearing in the marriage equality cases out... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at Towleroad
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BY ARI EZRA WALDMAN When last we spoke, the freedom to marry had just been handed a setback: the Sixth Circuit let stand marriage discrimination laws in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee. Over the holiday season, though, we took many... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at Towleroad
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BY ARI EZRA WALDMAN In a decision that willfully ignored the prevailing wisdom of most of the federal judiciary, a judge in Puerto Rico recently tossed a lawsuit challenging the island's ban on gays marrying. The judge did not expressly... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at Towleroad
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BY ARI EZRA WALDMAN Back in June, I argued that there may never be a need for the Supreme Court to take a marriage equality case. We have marriage rights in Washington, Oregon, California, New Mexico, Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at Towleroad
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BY ARI EZRA WALDMAN The media have been universally shocked at the Supreme Court's announcement today. Now that we have had time to read several media accounts (including our own Towleroad coverage) we should take a step back and analyze... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at Towleroad
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BY ARI EZRA WALDMAN The justices of the Supreme Court are meeting right now to discuss a slew of petitions for hearings. There are seven such petitions on marriage equality cases from Oklahoma, Indiana, Utah, Wisconsin, and Virginia. Regular Towleroad... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at Towleroad
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BY ARI EZRA WALDMAN It took 9 days for Judge Richard Posner to write his unanimous opinion striking down the marriage equality bans in Indiana and Wisconsin. And you can see the tone of the decision in one of its... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Towleroad
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BY ARI EZRA WALDMAN By now you have heard that the attorneys representing Indiana and Wisconsin got a shellacking from the famous Reagan-appointee, Judge Richard Posner. Sean brought us 7 classic outtakes from Judge Posner's questioning, but even those barely... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at Towleroad
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BY ARI EZRA WALDMAN Marriage equality gets another hearing before another federal appellate court this morning. Before an as-yet-to-be-named three-judge panel of the Chicago-based Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, gay and lesbian couples in Indiana and Wisconsin will argue that,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at Towleroad
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BY ARI EZRA WALDMAN The most dangerous line in the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby doesn’t come until page 46. It reads as follows: The principal dissent raises the possibility that discrimination in hiring, for example... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at Towleroad