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Experts Media Alert – SCOTUS to rule on same-sex marriage

June 5th, 2015 in 2015, Experts Media Alert, Katharine Silbaugh, Linda McClain, News Releases, Robert Volk, School of Law 0 comments

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In April, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on same-sex marriage. The case, Obergefell v Hodges, is a consolidation of earlier same-sex marriage cases and is limited by the court to two questions: 1) Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex? and 2) Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state?

A ruling on this case is expected by the end of June.

The following Boston University School of Law experts are available to comment:

Linda McClain, a professor of law and a Paul M. Suskind Research Scholar, is known for her work in family law, gender and law, and feminist legal theory. Her work also addresses sex equality as a legal and constitutional commitment and public value, the responsibility of government to promote equality, and societal tensions over equality and its relationship to other values. She contributes to the blog, Balkinization, and frequently speaks to the press on issues concerning family law and marriage and same-sex marriage. She can be reached at 617-358-4635 or

Katharine Silbaugh, a professor of law, is an expert on gender, family care, and household labor. She has intervened in policy matters of particular concern to LGBT individuals, including marriage equality litigation and anti-bullying law and policy. She contributed to the plaintiffs’ case in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health, the Massachusetts case that won the nation’s first same-sex marriage right in 2004, as well as to Gill v. O.P. M., challenging the denial of federal marriage recognition under the Defense of Marriage Act in 2011. She can reached at 617-353-3208 or

Robert Volk, an associate professor of legal writing and Director of BU’s Legal Writing and Appellate Advocacy Programis an expert in legal education, LGBT legal issues, and same-sex marriage. He can be reached at 617-353-3156 or

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Anti-bullying law could accidently ‘out’ LGBT kids, Utah advocates say

October 28th, 2013 in 2013, Katharine Silbaugh, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

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Christine D’Arco remembers high school as a place where she passed groups of people whispering about her, softball teammates wouldn’t let her change clothes alongside them in the locker room and everywhere kids said she was a lesbian…

Expert quote:

“There also have been advances in the research that suggest that bullying has more long-standing and subtle impacts than was previously understood.”

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No going back for those working at home

February 27th, 2013 in 2013, Boston Globe, Katharine Silbaugh, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

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It was the interoffice memo that shook home offices around the world…

Expert quote:

“I just can’t believe she means for people to put down their BlackBerrys or whatever they use when they leave the office. She should be made to live with the proclamation . . . so that once we are home, we can’t possibly be expected to answer e-mails, read reports, [or] prepare for meetings.”

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Anti-bullying laws: A mom dares to critique the social trend

September 25th, 2012 in 2012, Christian Science Monitor, Katharine Silbaugh, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

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With the start of the school year upon us, we have been extra interested in that hot national topic of bullying…

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