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May 28, 2013

Will justices take note of new gay marriage laws?

Three U.S. states and three countries have approved same-sex unions just in the two months since the Supreme Court heard arguments over gay marriage, raising questions about how the developments might affect the justices' consideration of the issue.

Apr 30, 2013

FAMILY LAW: Comparing Wisconsin’s practices nationally, internationally

One of the delights of attending a bar association meeting is seeing new places.

Apr 3, 2013

US Supreme Court’s class-action ruling leaves unanswered questions

It was a closely watched case that came to a dramatic and unexpected conclusion of questionable precedential value. Now attorneys are left pondering what effect, if any, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Comcast Corp. v. Behrend will have on class-action certifications.

Mar 27, 2013

U.S. Supreme Court tackles California gay marriage case

During heated arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court over California’s voter-approved constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, the justices verbally tussled with attorneys arguing over the law’s constitutionality — but also hinted that the case could have a surprise ending.

Mar 4, 2013

Obama administration urges US high court to strike down Prop 8

The federal government, in addition to waging its own battle against the federal Defense of Marriage Act, has officially waded into the Supreme Court challenge to California’s same-sex marriage ban, asking the justices to strike down the law, though stopping short of asking the Court to set a nationwide rule.

Dec 13, 2012

Scalia draws parallels — and media attention

Justice Antonin Scalia is drawing a lot of media attention for comments he made this week as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear two same-sex marriage law challenges.

Dec 7, 2012

Supreme Court will hear gay marriage cases

The Supreme Court will take up California's ban on same-sex marriage, a case that could give the justices the chance to rule on whether gay Americans have the same constitutional right to marry as heterosexuals.

Nov 30, 2012

Gay marriage before Supreme Court? Cases weighed

The running fight over gay marriage is shifting from the ballot box to the Supreme Court.

Oct 31, 2012

Government asks US high court to consider DOMA case

The Solicitor General is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to ignore the front of the line in the Defense of Marriage Act petitions for certiorari and instead agree to hear the last one filed.

Sep 6, 2012

Supreme Court set for another blockbuster term

With attorneys still analyzing the health care ruling and the other big decisions from last term, the U.S. Supreme Court is preparing for a new term with even more major issues on its docket, from affirmative action to the standards of proof for class certification.

Jul 11, 2012

Will public opinion sway US Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage rulings?

So if the Supreme Court takes public opinion into consideration -- as some pundits assert was the case in Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.’s switched vote on the health care decision -- what does that mean for the upcoming cases involving same-sex marriage rights?

Feb 29, 2012

Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, rules U.S. District Court in Calif.

The federal Defense of Marriage Act could not be enforced to deny a federal employee the right to have her same-sex spouse covered under her health insurance plan, a U.S. District Court in California has ruled in granting summary judgment.


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