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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. …