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  The defenders of Proposition 8 have officially filed for en banc review in the 9th Circuit. This means that they’re pursuing a strategy of appealing to a larger panel of intermediate appellate judges in California before appealing to the Supreme Court. The consequence of this maneuver is that the U.S. Supreme Court will not […]

Read Katherine Franke’s discussion on alternatives to marriage in the New York Times’ Room for Debate on “Family Ties, Without Tying the Knot”: This week, New Jersey becomes the latest state to take up a same-sex marriage bill. But the Pew Research Center tells us that fewer Americans are marrying, suggesting that younger people are […]

Rainbow flags and corsages were waving high in front of the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village last night.  There’s much to celebrate about the 9th Circuit’s ruling issued yesterday confirming the lower court finding that Proposition 8 was unconstitutional.  As I noted yesterday and Nan Hunter pointed out as well in her reading of the […]

The 9th Circuit just issued its decision in the Prop 8 case, upholding by a vote of 2-1 the lower court’s finding that Prop 8 was unconstitutional.  They did so, importantly, on very narrow grounds – resting the holding on the specific facts and circumstances surrounding the passage of Proposition 8.  They made clear that […]

Tanya L. Domi is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University who teaches about human rights in Eurasia and is a Harriman Institute affiliated faculty member. Prior to teaching at Columbia, Domi worked internationally for more than a decade on issues related to democratic transitional development, including political and media […]

Public Sex, Same-Sex Marriage, and the Afterlife of Homophobia, forthcoming in Petite Mort: Recollections of a Queer Public (Carlos Motta & Joshua Lubin-Levy eds. 2011) Katherine Franke[1] Consider two events that dominated the news in the summer of 2011: Anthony Weiner resigned from Congress after it became public that he had been tweeting to some […]

Click below to listen to Katherine Franke’s interview on Morning Edition on “Many Same-Sex Couples Avoid Gay Marriages Over Legal, Personal Concerns” “My partner and I have never considered getting married,” said Katherine Franke, a professor of gender law at Columbia Law School. “We don’t need the state in our relationship. We’re committed to one […]

  Click below to listen to Professor Katherine Franke on NPR’s All Things Considered July 11, 2011 episode on “Lesbian Couples Boosting Gay Marriage Numbers” [Audio clip: view full post to listen] I’m Tovia Smith in Boston, where experience suggests pent-up demand among gays and lesbians does drive an initial wedding windfall, but it’s usually […]

A Simple Hyphen Will Do

July 7th, 2011

From Elizabeth F. Emens’s op-ed for the New York Times’ Room for Debate discussion on “Marriage: The Next Chapter”, crossposted on July 3, 2011.  Emens is a professor of law at Columbia Law School and author of “Changing Name Changing: Framing Rules and the Future of Marital Names,” which was published in volume 74 of […]

It’s funny, when I was writing my dissertation many years ago, my adviser said to me: “Katherine, you’re really a libertarian when it comes to gender, aren’t you?”  At the time I resisted the moniker, but is “libertarian” worse than “liberationist”?  Who, on the 4th of July of all days, wouldn’t want to be called […]



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