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Laboratories Of Constitutionality: How State High Courts Paved The Way For Federal Courts To Invalidate Prohibitions On Same-Sex Marriage, Tyler T. Rosenbaum Aug 2009

Laboratories Of Constitutionality: How State High Courts Paved The Way For Federal Courts To Invalidate Prohibitions On Same-Sex Marriage, Tyler T. Rosenbaum

Tyler T Rosenbaum

This article looks at the opinions of the state high courts that have adjudicated the constitutionality under their state constitutions of prohibitions on same-sex marriage and, given the extent to which the state high courts deferred to Supreme Court case law in interpreting their own constitutions, concludes that a federal court would be more likely than not to find that such prohibitions violate the United States Constitution.

With respect to a claimed substantive due process right to same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court’s ruling in Lawrence v. Texas undermined much of the precedent that would have required a careful, tradition-bound analysis. …


Bringing Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity Into The Tax Classroom, Anthony C. Infanti Jan 2009

Bringing Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity Into The Tax Classroom, Anthony C. Infanti

Anthony C. Infanti

A recent piece in the Journal of Legal Education analyzing student surveys by the Law School Admission Council reports that, despite improvement in the past decade, LGBT students still experience a law school climate in which they encounter substantial discrimination both inside and outside the classroom. Included among the list of “best practices” to improve the law school climate for LGBT students was a recommendation to incorporate discussions of LGBT issues in non-LGBT courses, such as tax. In a timely coincidence, the Section on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues held a day-long program at the 2009 AALS annual meeting …


Theorizing And Litigating The Rights Of Sexual Minorities, Nancy Levit Jan 2009

Theorizing And Litigating The Rights Of Sexual Minorities, Nancy Levit

Nancy Levit

One of the best measures of a society is how it treats its vulnerable groups. A central idea in Professor Martha Nussbaum's writings is that all humans "are of equal dignity and worth, no matter where they are situated in society." The strategic challenge in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) rights litigation is how to get courts to see sexual minorities as people worthy of equal dignity and respect. This article focuses on the roles of a positive emotion - love - and a procedural method of proof - science - in the shaping of laws defining the rights …


Gay Equality, Religious Liberty, And The First Amendment, Matthew J. Murray Jan 2009

Gay Equality, Religious Liberty, And The First Amendment, Matthew J. Murray

Matthew Murray

Are gay rights laws and religious liberty fundamentally in conflict? Would legal recognition of same-sex marriage lead to a wave of litigation threatening the religious liberty of those who object to such unions on religious grounds? Opponents of same-sex marriage have vocally asserted as much. This Article argues, however, that modifications in civil marriage laws in fact pose little to no threat to the liberty of religious objectors. Rather, the real arena of potential conflict between religious liberty and gay equality arises in the context of sexual orientation nondiscrimination laws. But these tensions are not new. The courts should be …


Lgbt Elder Law: Toward Equity In Aging, Nancy J. Knauer Dec 2008

Lgbt Elder Law: Toward Equity In Aging, Nancy J. Knauer

Nancy J. Knauer

At a time when LGBT individuals enjoy an unprecedented degree of social acceptance and legal protection, many LGBT elders face the daily challenges of aging isolated from family, detached from the larger LGBT community, and ignored by mainstream aging initiatives. The corrosive legacy of the pre-Stonewall views of homosexuality makes many LGBT elders reluctant to declare themselves and demand equal treatment from policy makers and health care providers. As a result, they are denied the basic dignity of being able to share their memories of a life well lived without fear of rejection and reprisal. The concerns of LGBT elders …