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Prof. Darren Rosenblum on broader implications of New York legalizing same-sex marriage 0

Prof. Darren Rosenblum on broader implications of New York legalizing same-sex marriage

Pace Law School Professor Darren Rosenblum, a legal scholar of lesbian and gay rights, is available to speak to the media about the broader implications of legalizing same-sex marriage in New York.

“I disagree with those who say that the New York law is not likely to be a model for other states. Indeed, there are many states throughout the country that have a similar situation to New York’s, with largely favorable populations and mixed-party legislatures. More important is the fact that the New York law raises the stakes for federal courts’ consideration of Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) challenges in that far more U.S. citizens will soon be subject to DOMA-based discrimination.”

Prof. Darren Rosenblum on marriage equality in NY 0

Prof. Darren Rosenblum on marriage equality in NY

Pace Law School Professor Darren Rosenblum, a legal scholar of lesbian and gay rights, is available to speak to the media about the NY State Senate’s imminent vote on marriage equality.

“A majority of the citizens of New York support marriage equality. There’s also evidence that a majority of the state Senate also supports it. It’s now a question of whether the Republicans are going to play with procedural rules to undermine this civil rights shift.

Historically, opponents of marriage equality have claimed that legalizing same-sex marriage was the realm of the legislature, rather than the courts. They criticized other states, like Iowa, that achieved marriage equality through judicial action. Now some argue this can only happen through a referendum.

They clearly are seeking to forestall marriage equality, which I think even they know will eventually happen.”

Prof. Gershman publishes op-ed: “Minor party has too much pull” 0

Prof. Gershman publishes op-ed: “Minor party has too much pull”

Professor Bennett Gershman has published an op-ed in The Journal News about the disproportionately large influence of the small Conservative Party in New York State’s government.

Prof. Gershman writes: “Why is such a marginal political party able to wield such a heavy hammer that in effect can undermine the will of a majority of voters? The fact is that New York’s byzantine political system — one of only a few states — allows candidates to run on several ballot lines, giving minor political parties undue and unfair leverage.”

Professor Darren Rosenblum shares his expertise on gay and lesbian rights with The Washington Post in the article, “U.S. reversal on gay unions won’t affect married couples for now”. 0

Professor Darren Rosenblum shares his expertise on gay and lesbian rights with The Washington Post in the article, “U.S. reversal on gay unions won’t affect married couples for now”.

Prof. Darren Rosenblum was quoted in The Washington Post story, “U.S. reversal on gay unions won’t affect married couples for now.”

Although the Obama Administrations decision to stop defending the federal law that bans the recognition of same-sex marriage is a step in the right direction for gay couples, the move will have little immediate effect. Groups on both sides of the issue will continue to challenge the the legal rights of gay couples, and eventually a ruling will have to be made in the higher courts.

Prof. Rosenblum says, “There’s going to be at least a couple of years of litigation over this, and sooner or later the Supreme Court is going to have to weigh in.”

Prof. Darren Rosenblum on the Defense of Marriage Act 0

Prof. Darren Rosenblum on the Defense of Marriage Act

Pace Law School Professor Darren Rosenblum, a scholar of lesbian and gay rights, is available to speak to the media about the Obama Administration’s decision to end its defense in court of the Defense of Marriage Act.

“Under much pressure from constitutional scholars and activists, the Obama Administration finally agreed to drop its defense to the successful court challenge of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a man and a woman. Many states already allow same-sex marriages and with DOMA, the federal government improperly intruded on state decisions about marriage. The Attorney General’s statement reflects widespread agreement among scholars that lesbian and gay people deserve heightened protection under the constitution, which DOMA violates.”

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