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By: Suzanne Goldberg It was cold but clear this morning just after dawn outside the Supreme Court. If you have seen any of the photos circulating in social media, you can feel the optimistic mood of nearly everyone there – from the cheery dark-suited lawyers on the Supreme Court bar line to those on the […]

by Suzanne Goldberg Hurtling down to DC in the Acela’s quiet car for the Supreme Court oral argument in the marriage cases tomorrow, I am overcome with the sense that this is an end-of-an-era trip of sorts. By this, I am not suggesting that all of the serious legal issues and real-world harms experienced by […]

In recent months litigation in federal courts has resulted in the lifting of a ban on same-sex couples access to civil marriage in 33 states. (This number is changing almost every day as new jurisdictions are ordered to lift the ban on marriage for same-sex couples.)   In the wake of this wave of successes […]

That’s the argument being made by Phillip and Sandra Unruh.  The Unruhs, a straight married couple, claim that their property interest in their marriage will be diminished if same-sex couples were allowed to marry in Kansas.  So worried are they that their marriage would be rendered less valuable if same-sex couples could marry that they […]

Unequal Protection


October 9th, 2014

  Russell K. Robinson The Supreme Court’s equal protection jurisprudence places people of color and LGBT people on segregated doctrinal paths heading in divergent directions.  While equality is expanding for LGBT people, it is evaporating for people of color.  Nearly 20 years ago, the Supreme Court decided Romer v. Evans, the first of a string […]

Suzanne B. Goldberg is a professor at Columbia Law School. (cross-posted from Scotusblog) Amazement mixed with anxiety and cautious optimism. That’s how I felt nearly twenty years ago when the U.S. Supreme Court granted cert. in Romer v. Evans, a case in which I was co-counsel for Lambda Legal. In that moment, it was hard […]

Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic Files Amicus Brief in 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Arguing that Marriage Restrictions on Gay Couples Violate U.S. Constitution New York, July 25, 2014—The laws of Idaho and several other western states impose a constitutionally impermissible burden on lesbians and gay men who seek to exercise their fundamental right […]

In Written Testimony, Columbia Law School Professor Katherine Franke Argues Proposed Changes Replacing Broad Definition of Family Member With the Term “Spouse” Undermine Support for Diverse Family Structures and Amount to Marital Discrimination Media Contact: Public Affairs, 212-854-2650 or publicaffairs@law.columbia.edu New York, November 6, 2013—The New York City Department of Housing and Preservation Development should not be […]

Amicus Brief Filed in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Argues Exclusion of Lesbian and Gay Couples From Marriage Violates U.S. Constitution’s Equality and Due Process Guarantees Media Contact: Public Affairs, 212-854-2650 or publicaffairs@law.columbia.edu Brief can be viewed here. Full Press Release can be viewed here. New York, October 25, 2013—The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals should […]

            Because the news media is awash in legal analysis of the Defense of Marriage Act oral arguments earlier today, this blog post, like yesterday’s, offers a more personal view of the day at the Supreme Court.  For a more in-depth take on the arguments, please see my post, “DOMA’s Defenses Self-Destruct”. March 28, 2013 […]

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