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By striking down state laws that shut same-sex couples out of marriage, the U.S. Supreme Court has put an end to a long and painful chapter in our country’s history and, at the same time, created an opening for a new wave of civil rights, safety, and justice advocacy. For so many years, with heightened […]

Supreme Court watchers have their money on same-sex couples winning a right to marry when the court rules in Obergefell v. Hodges. But the harder question is: How will the court get there? What constitutional right, exactly, is violated when same-sex couples are denied the opportunity to marry? The answer to this question matters, especially […]

Originally published in the Columbia Journalism Review on April 6th, 2015. By Suzanne Goldberg In this time of media self-reflection about coverage of sexual assaults, it is worth remembering the consensus amidst the controversy over the Rolling Stone campus rape piece. Three points, in particular, come to mind in the wake of discussion. First, no […]

By Julie Goldscheid The year 2014 marked the 20th anniversary of the federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).  That milestone presents an opportunity to critically reflect on current gender-violence policy, and to build on shared critiques to flesh out an alternative agenda.  In that spirit, two new resources offer inspiration for mobilization and advocacy.  First, […]

Media Contact: Public Affairs, 212-854-2650 or publicaffairs@law.columbia.edu New York, December 19, 2014—Florida marriage laws violate the constitutional rights of lesbians and gay men to marry the person of their choice and to have that marriage recognized, Columbia Law School’s Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic argues in an amicus brief filed today with the U.S. Court of Appeals […]

Originally published in The New Republic on October 29th, 2014. By Lee Bollinger and Suzanne B. Goldberg. Universities have long enjoyed the privilege of educating successive generations of young people. This comes, of course, with the responsibility to uphold essential values and to address society’s problems through our institutional leadership and our scholarship. Our constructed […]

Originally posted at Religion Dispatches on October 24, 2014.  By Kara Loewentheil There’s been a lot of talk about the religious rights of “closely-held corporations” since the Supreme Court’s opinion in Hobby Lobby back in June. So you might be surprised to learn, as I did, that “closely-held corporation” is not actually a thing. Who knew? It […]

By Kara Loewentheil Back in August the Obama Administration responded to the Supreme Court’s opinion in Hobby Lobby and its order in Wheaton College by issuing two new sets of regulations to govern the accommodation process for employers with religious objections to the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage requirement. One was an interim final regulation, […]

1. LGBT Research Opportunity Columbia University scholar is seeking a graduate or undergraduate student for unpaid research assistance with an applied research project (described below). The work, ideally 5-10 hours per week, consists chiefly of identifying, reading through and writing short briefs about scholarly studies on specific LGBT research topics. Please send cover letter and CV to Nathaniel at nathaniel@nathanielfrank.com. “What […]

Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic Files Amicus Brief in U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Challenging Marriage Restrictions on Gay Couples Media Contact: Public Affairs, 212-854-2650 or publicaffairs@law.columbia.edu New York, September 16, 2014—Texas marriage laws violate the constitutional rights of lesbians and gay men to marry the person of their choice and to have that marriage recognized, […]

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