Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Recent news and commentary


"While the states are still arguing whether or not to even allow gay couples to get married, the first wave of same sex couples looking to divorce are making their way to the courts. But with no federal ruling, the divorce proceedings for some couples have made national headlines that would normally not even be mentioned in newspapers." (Edge Boston)

Developments abroad

Two men in Malawi were charged with indecency when they held a civil marriage ceremony. A court ruled that the prosecutor has cause for the charge, but has delayed a verdict pending a call for defendant witnesses. (Times Online)

Today Italy's Constitutional Court is supposed to "decide whether several provisions under Italy's civil code that currently restrict marriage to just "one man, one woman" are unconstitutional." (Gay Rights Blog, cross-posted by Gay Marriage Watch)

Related News

Drake University Law School will hold a symposium on April 10th, "The Same-Sex Marriage Divide." The symposium marks the first anniversary of Varnum v. Brien, 763 N.W.2d 862 (Iowa 2009). On March 25th, constitutional law scholar Michael Dorf will speak on “Same-Sex Marriage, Labels, and Social Meaning.” (Legal Scholarship Blog)

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