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Prop 8 Defense Lawyer Evolving on Marriage Equality

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Prop 8 OverThe lawyer who argued before the Supreme Court in favor of upholding California’s ban on gay marriage learned while he was handling the case that one of his children is gay and now is helping her plan her wedding with another woman. Attorney Charles Cooper says his view of same-sex marriage is evolving after having argued in court that gay unions could undermine marriages between a man and a woman.

The revelation is an unexpected footnote in the years-long debate over Proposition 8, the California measure struck down by the Supreme Court last year. It is also offers a glimpse, through the eyes of one family, of the country’s rapidly shifting opinions of gay marriage, with most public polls now showing majorities in favor of allowing the unions.

Cooper learned that his stepdaughter Ashley was gay as the Proposition 8 case wound its way through appellate court, according to a forthcoming book about the lengthy legal battle. And with the Supreme Court ruling now behind him, Cooper cast his personal opinion on gay marriage as an evolving process.

Authored By Julie Pace – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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USA, Pennsylvania: Lawyer Claims Governor is Immune to Lawsuit on Marriage Equality

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Pennsylvania mapIn a transparent attempt to get a lawsuit for marriage equality thrown out of court, a Pennsylvania state lawyer is claiming the plaintiffs can’t sue the Governor.

ABC News reports:

In a brief filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Harrisburg, William Lamb urged that the claims against Corbett in a pending lawsuit be dismissed. He says the U.S. Constitution prohibits lawsuits against state officials from being filed in federal court without their consent. Lamb also says claims against Corbett and Health Secretary Michael Wolf should be dismissed because case law holds that federal courts have no jurisdiction over cases like this.

Gotta say, Attorney Lamb has balls.

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China: Lawyer Calls for Civil Partnership Law

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Great Wall of ChinaA Chinese lawyer is calling for the government to allow civil partnerships, as a first step toward marriage equality. Gay Star News reports:

One of ten lawyers who petitioned Chinese lawmakers to allow same-sex marriage in May said over the weekend that introducing civil partnerships might be the first step towards that goal. Liu Wei, a lawyer with the Beijing-based Angelo Chen Law Office, made the comments at the United Nation Development Program (UNDP) sponsored 2013 China LGBT Community Consultation conference. ‘Same-sex couples should enjoy equal rights and responsibilities as civil marriages. In recent years, an increasing number of them have consulted us about the issue,’ Liu Wei told the conference according to the state owned Xinhua news agency.

Things are really heating up in China on the marriage equality front. Just last week Chinese grandmother’s video plea for marriage equality for her grandson went viral.

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California, USA: Anti Marriage Equality Lawyer Admits to Same Sex Attractions

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Pacific Justice Institute logoAn anti marriage equality attorney has admitted to feeling same sex attraction as a teenager, Gay Star News reports:

Pacific Justice Institute president Brad Dacus has admitted to past same-sex attractions in a discussion with gay rights activist and YouTube personality Jeff 4 Justice and has apologized for a 2008 speech he gave which referenced Nazism and Adolph Hitler in speaking about same-sex marriage. ‘We all have our things we’re working through. I have my dark closet like everyone else,’ Dacus said while speaking to Jeff about human sexuality. Asked if he had ever experienced same-sex attractions Dacus said ‘In early adolescence that’s very common.’

As we learn over and over again, we are our own worst enemy.

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Cameroon: Lawyer Will Continue to Fight for Gay Rights Despite Death Threats

Monday, February 18th, 2013

A real profile in courage. A lawyer from Cameroon whose family fled to the US after receiving death threats for his defense of gays in the country will continue to stand up for gay rights there. Pink News has the story:

Lawyer Michel Togue has made a name for himself as a defender of gay rights in Cameroon, where same-sex sexual activity is a criminal offense. Mr Togue told the AFP that “Homophobia is on the rise, and intolerance is growing.” He said that in Cameroon homosexuality is associated with “sorcery and black magic”. In December, Mr Togue defended Jean-Claude Roger Mbede, who was jailed for admitting his love for another man in a text message. Mr Togue called Cameroon’s refusal to release Mr Mbede “a tragedy”.

We should support allies like Mr. Togue – it can’t be easy.

New York, USA: GOP Lawyer Claims Edie Windsor’s DOMA Lawsuit is Invalid

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

The House Republican attorney defending the Defense of Marriage Act in court took particular issue on Thursday with an octogenarian lesbian’s case against by the law by suggesting the timing and location of her marriage makes challenge invalid.

Paul Clement, a former U.S. solicitor general under the Bush administration, claimed before a federal appeals court that Edith Windsor doesn’t have a case because she married in Canada and her spouse, Thea Spyer, died in 2009 — two years before New York legalized same-sex marriage.

“The critical question isn’t 2012, the critical question is 2009,” Clement said. Clement added that the issue of whether the marriage is sufficient for a challenge against DOMA should be brought to certification before the New York Court of Appeals, the highest state court in New York.

Authored By Chris Johnson – See the Full Story at The Washington Blade

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China: Gay Lawyer to Push for Marriage Equality in Hong Kong

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Gay Lawyer to Push for Marriage Equality in Hong KongRaymond Chan, Hong Kong’s first openly gay lawmaker, says he will push for the legalization of gay marriage in the former British colony.

The 40-year-old Chan, known as “Slow Beat” from his days hosting a radio shown known as Fast Slow Beats, won a seat in Hong Kong’s legislature last weekend.

A member of the pro-democracy People Power party, Chan came out gay after he captured his seat, declaring he would become a champion for LGBT rights.

See the Full Story at On Top Magazine

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Boehner Picks Lawyer to “Defend” DOMA

Monday, April 18th, 2011

John BoehnerUPDATE: House Republicans have recruited former solicitor general Paul Clement to represent the government in federal cases challenging the Defense of Marriage Act.

Described by colleagues as a formidable attorney, Clement served as solicitor general under President George W. Bush from 2005 to 2008. He is now a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of King and Spalding, where he focuses on appellate cases, constitutional litigation, and strategic counseling.

“He’s one of the top five lawyers in town,” said a Washington appellate attorney who has worked both with and against Clement in litigation. “If you put up a list of candidates for this [case], it’s not at all a surprise that he was chosen. He’s well liked — left, right, and center. One thing he’s known for is arguing before [the U.S. Supreme Court] without notes.”

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