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The Reactionary Road To Free Love: How Doma, State Marriage Amendments And Social Conservatives Undermine Traditional Marriage, Scott Titshaw Dec 2012

The Reactionary Road To Free Love: How Doma, State Marriage Amendments And Social Conservatives Undermine Traditional Marriage, Scott Titshaw

Scott Titshaw

Much has been written about the possible effects on different-sex marriage of legally recognizing same-sex marriage. This article looks at the defense of marriage from a different angle: It shows how rejecting same-sex marriage results in political compromise and the proliferation of “marriage light” alternatives (e.g., civil unions, domestic partnerships, or reciprocal beneficiaries) that undermine the unique status of marriage for everyone. In the process, it examines several aspects of the marriage debate in detail. After describing the flexibility of marriage as it has evolved over time, the article focuses on recent state constitutional amendments attempting to stop further ...


The Age Of Marital Capacity: Reconsidering Civil Recognition Of Adolescent Marriage, Vivian E. Hamilton Dec 2012

The Age Of Marital Capacity: Reconsidering Civil Recognition Of Adolescent Marriage, Vivian E. Hamilton

Faculty Publications

Age at marriage has for decades been the strongest and most unequivocal predictor of marital failure. The likelihood of divorce nears eighty percent for those who marry in mid-adolescence, then drops steadily. Delaying marriage until the mid-twenties reduces one’s likelihood of divorce to thirty percent. Women who marry at age twenty-one or younger, moreover – and one in ten U.S. women do – experience worse mental and physical health, attain less education, and earn lower wages than those who marry later. Post-divorce, they and their children tend to endure even greater economic deprivation and instability than do never-married mothers, who ...


Gay Parenthood And The Revolution Of The Modern Family: An Examination Of The Unique Barriers Confronting Gay Adoptive Parents, Nicholas Arntsen Nov 2012

Gay Parenthood And The Revolution Of The Modern Family: An Examination Of The Unique Barriers Confronting Gay Adoptive Parents, Nicholas Arntsen

Nicholas Benedict Arntsen

Abstract: In recent decades, the structure of the American family has been revolutionized to incorporate families of diverse and unconventional compositions. Gay and lesbian couples have undoubtedly played a crucial role in this revolution by establishing families through the tool of adoption. Eleven adoptive parents from the state of Connecticut were interviewed to better conceptualize the unique barriers gay couples encounter in the process adoption. Both the scholarly research and the interview data illustrate that although gay couples face enormous legal barriers, the majority of their hardship comes through social interactions. As a result, the cultural myths and legal restrictions ...


Doma And Presidential Discretion: Interpreting And Enforcing Federal Law, Joseph Landau Nov 2012

Doma And Presidential Discretion: Interpreting And Enforcing Federal Law, Joseph Landau

Fordham Law Review

No abstract provided.


Enron, Doma, And Spousal Privileges: Rethinking The Marriage Plot, Bennett Capers Nov 2012

Enron, Doma, And Spousal Privileges: Rethinking The Marriage Plot, Bennett Capers

Fordham Law Review

No abstract provided.


Collegiality And Individual Dignity, Tobias Barrington Wolff Nov 2012

Collegiality And Individual Dignity, Tobias Barrington Wolff

Fordham Law Review

No abstract provided.


Involuntary Imports: Williams, Lutwak, The Defense Of Marriage Act, Federalism, And “Thick” And “Thin” Conceptions Of Marriage, Lynn D. Wardle Nov 2012

Involuntary Imports: Williams, Lutwak, The Defense Of Marriage Act, Federalism, And “Thick” And “Thin” Conceptions Of Marriage, Lynn D. Wardle

Fordham Law Review

No abstract provided.


Cloaking A Challenge To Missouri's Marriage Amendment With A Challenge For Survivor Benefits, Benjamin S. Harner Nov 2012

Cloaking A Challenge To Missouri's Marriage Amendment With A Challenge For Survivor Benefits, Benjamin S. Harner

Missouri Law Review

This Law Summary focuses on Glossip’s ongoing challenge to receive survivor benefits. The case not only implicates the Missouri Constitution’s equal protection and due process clauses, but it is also controversial because it involves the same-sex marriage issues that have stirred national debate for quite some time. This Law Summary will discuss each of these issues. Specifically, Part II provides the legal background for Missouri’s equal protection and substantive due process clauses and provides case law pertaining to situations similar to Glossip’s that have arisen in other states. Part III provides a more in-depth background of ...


Missing Links In The President’S Evolution On Same-Sex Marriage, Saikrishna Bangalore Prakash Nov 2012

Missing Links In The President’S Evolution On Same-Sex Marriage, Saikrishna Bangalore Prakash

Fordham Law Review

No abstract provided.


The Moral Complexity Of Cause Lawyers Within The State, David Luban Nov 2012

The Moral Complexity Of Cause Lawyers Within The State, David Luban

Fordham Law Review

No abstract provided.


Interpretive Schizophrenia: How Congressional Standing Can Solve The Enforce-But-Not-Defend Problem, Abner S. Greene Nov 2012

Interpretive Schizophrenia: How Congressional Standing Can Solve The Enforce-But-Not-Defend Problem, Abner S. Greene

Fordham Law Review

No abstract provided.


Foreward, Joseph Landau Nov 2012

Foreward, Joseph Landau

Fordham Law Review

On March 30, 2012, the Fordham Law Review held a daylong conference on the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a statute enacted in 1996 with large majorities in both the House and Senate and signed into law by President Clinton. The Symposium could not have come at a better time: there have been extraordinary changes in the political dynamics surrounding relationship rights since DOMA’s enactment in 1996, when same–sex couples could not marry in any U.S. or foreign jurisdiction. Currently, same–sex couples can legally marry in six U.S. states and the District of Columbia ...


The Solicitor General’S Office, Tradition, And Conviction, Charles Fried Nov 2012

The Solicitor General’S Office, Tradition, And Conviction, Charles Fried

Fordham Law Review

No abstract provided.


The Obama Administration’S Decision To Defend Constitutional Equality Rather Than The Defense Of Marriage Act, Dawn Johnsen Nov 2012

The Obama Administration’S Decision To Defend Constitutional Equality Rather Than The Defense Of Marriage Act, Dawn Johnsen

Fordham Law Review

No abstract provided.


Cause Lawyers Inside The State, Douglas Nejaime Nov 2012

Cause Lawyers Inside The State, Douglas Nejaime

Fordham Law Review

No abstract provided.


“Two Parts Of The Landscape Of Family In America”: Maintaining Both Spousal And Domestic Partner Employee Benefits For Both Same-Sex And Different-Sex Couples, Nancy D. Polikoff Nov 2012

“Two Parts Of The Landscape Of Family In America”: Maintaining Both Spousal And Domestic Partner Employee Benefits For Both Same-Sex And Different-Sex Couples, Nancy D. Polikoff

Fordham Law Review

No abstract provided.


Family Law's Challenge To Religious Liberty, Raymond C. O'Brien Oct 2012

Family Law's Challenge To Religious Liberty, Raymond C. O'Brien

University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law Review

Over time, the definition of family has shifted from being premised upon kinship to legal status. In modern times, family structure is based more upon function than form, seeking to derive its status as a family from the subjective intent of its members to act as a family. Many early settlers in the colonial territories came to America to escape religious persecution and practice their own religion.

For that reason, biblical language and religious doctrine formed the basis for common law, statutes, and practice. Today, there remains the notion among many Americans that the law represents a divine plan and ...


Ten Questions Every Cohabitant Should Think About Before Moving In, Robin F. Wilson Sep 2012

Ten Questions Every Cohabitant Should Think About Before Moving In, Robin F. Wilson

Scholarly Articles

None available.


Nature, Culture, And Social Engineering: Reflections On Evolution And Equality, Linda C. Mcclain Sep 2012

Nature, Culture, And Social Engineering: Reflections On Evolution And Equality, Linda C. Mcclain

Faculty Scholarship

This book chapter explores evolution and morality by considering the appeal to nature, and in particular to how evolution has shaped female and male brains differently, to explain evident sex differences and the persistence of sex inequality. It uses as illustrative the popularizing accounts of male and female brains found in Louann Brizendine, The Female Brain and The Male Brain, and the portrayal in such accounts of fundamental male and female differences in human mate selection and parenting. Drawing on the work of scientist and philosophers, the chapter critiques these accounts for engaging in an increasingly popular “neurosexism.” Such neurosexism ...


Spousal Refusal: Preserving Family Savings By "Just Saying No" To Long-Term Care Impoverishment, Scott M. Solkoff Aug 2012

Spousal Refusal: Preserving Family Savings By "Just Saying No" To Long-Term Care Impoverishment, Scott M. Solkoff

Marquette Elder's Advisor

This is a case study of an elderly couple who executed a pre-nuptial agreement to keep their assets separated. When the husband required long-term care, the state required the assets of both to be considered in determining Medicaid eligibility. This article explores the effect and applicability of the Just Say No rule and the difficulty of preserving the assets of the non-institutionalized spouse.


Elder Law And Estate Planning For Gay And Lesbian Individuals And Couples, Ralph Randazzo Aug 2012

Elder Law And Estate Planning For Gay And Lesbian Individuals And Couples, Ralph Randazzo

Marquette Elder's Advisor

This comprehensive article discusses the unique problems in estate planning encountered by gays and lesbians. Among the items explored are joint representation, advance directives, guardianship, long-term care planning and insurance, Medicare and Medicaid planning, nursing home care, exempt transfers, wills, revocable trusts, gift taxation, and the unique problems encountered which counselors must consider when representing gay and lesbian clients.


For Better And For Better: The Case For Abolishing Civil Marriage, Anibal Rosario Lebron Aug 2012

For Better And For Better: The Case For Abolishing Civil Marriage, Anibal Rosario Lebron

Anibal Rosario Lebron

This article examines – on the eve of next term U.S. Supreme Court’s review of same-sex marriage equality cases (The DOMA Cases) – whether extending the protections and benefits of marriage to more groups is the appropriate solution for attaining a more egalitarian society or whether it would be better to simply abolish civil marriage in order to achieve such a goal. The piece explores why we still adhere to the unequivocal definition of the family as a bureaucratized, monogamous, sexuated married couple with children, and how we could achieve familial disestablishment (requiring the state to recognize the existence of ...


Rethinking Children As Property, Kevin Noble Maillard Jul 2012

Rethinking Children As Property, Kevin Noble Maillard

College of Law - Faculty Scholarship

Despite the collective view in law and social practice that it is intrinsically taboo to consider human beings as chattel, the law persists in treating children as property. Applying principles of property, this Article examines paternity disputes to explain and critique the law’s view of children as property of their parents. As evidenced in these conflicts, I demonstrate that legal paternity exposes a rhetoric of ownership, possession, and exchange. The law presumes that a child born to a married woman is fathered by her husband, even when irrefutable proof exists that another man fathered the child. Attempts by the ...


Homosexuals, Equal Protection, And The Guarantee Of Fundamental Rights In The New Decade: An Optimist’S Quasi-Suspect View Of Recent Events And Their Impact On Heightened Scrutiny For Sexual Orientation-Based Discrimination, John Nicodemo Jul 2012

Homosexuals, Equal Protection, And The Guarantee Of Fundamental Rights In The New Decade: An Optimist’S Quasi-Suspect View Of Recent Events And Their Impact On Heightened Scrutiny For Sexual Orientation-Based Discrimination, John Nicodemo

Touro Law Review

No abstract provided.


The Constitutional Right To (Keep Your) Same-Sex Marriage, Steve Sanders Jun 2012

The Constitutional Right To (Keep Your) Same-Sex Marriage, Steve Sanders

Michigan Law Review

Same-sex marriage is now legal in six states, and tens of thousands of same-sex couples have already gotten married. Yet the vast majority of other states have adopted statutes or constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage. These mini-defense of marriage acts not only forbid the creation of same-sex marriages; they also purport to void or deny recognition to the perfectly valid same-sex marriages of couples who migrate from states where such marriages are legal. These nonrecognition laws effectively transform the marital parties into legal strangers, causing significant harms: property rights are potentially altered, spouses disinherited, children put at risk, and financial ...


Probate Definition Of Family: A Proposal For Guided Discretion In Intestacy, The, Susan N. Gary Jun 2012

Probate Definition Of Family: A Proposal For Guided Discretion In Intestacy, The, Susan N. Gary

University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform

Intestacy statutes may not match the wishes of many people who die intestate. Changes to the Uniform Probate Code (UPC) include or exclude potential takers, as the drafters attempt to bring the UPC provisions closer to the intent of more intestate decedents. As the UPC tries to fine-tune the intestacy statutes, however, family circumstances continue to get more and more complicated. Families headed by unmarried couples, blended families with children from multiple marriages, and families in which adults raise children who are not legally theirs, have become commonplace. For some decedents, non-family friends and caregivers may be more important than ...


Toward Equality: Nonmarital Children And The Uniform Probate Code, Paula A. Monopoli Jun 2012

Toward Equality: Nonmarital Children And The Uniform Probate Code, Paula A. Monopoli

University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform

This Article traces the evolution of the Uniform Probate Code's (UPC) broad equality framework for inheritance by nonmarital children in the context of the wider movement for legal equality for such children in society. It concludes that the UPC is to be lauded for its efforts to provide equal treatment to all nonmarital children. The UPC's commitment to such equality serves an expressive function for state legislatures and courts to follow its lead. The UPC has fulfilled its promise that all children regardless of marital status shall be equal for purposes of inheritance from or through parents, with ...


“Hands Off”: Sex, Feminism, Affirmative Consent, And The Law Of Foreplay, Dan Subotnik May 2012

“Hands Off”: Sex, Feminism, Affirmative Consent, And The Law Of Foreplay, Dan Subotnik

Dan Subotnik

No abstract provided.


The Marriage Tax Revisited: An Analysis Of The Tax Consequences Of Marriage, Dan Subotnik May 2012

The Marriage Tax Revisited: An Analysis Of The Tax Consequences Of Marriage, Dan Subotnik

Dan Subotnik

No abstract provided.


National Report: Spain, Carlos Martínez De Aguirre Aldaz, Pedro De Pablo Contreras Apr 2012

National Report: Spain, Carlos Martínez De Aguirre Aldaz, Pedro De Pablo Contreras

American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law

No abstract provided.