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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 lmcclain@bu.edu.

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 silbaugh@bu.edu.

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 rvolk@bu.edu.

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Atkins: High Court’s opt-out on gay marriage leaves issues

October 7th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, Newsmakers, Robert Volk, School of Law 0 comments

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Robert Volk, School of Law

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to stay out of the legal battle over same-sex marriage will allow gay nuptials in a majority of states, but it leaves a complex patchwork of state laws that deny rights and benefits to gay couples even in states like Massachusetts, where their marriages have been legal for years…

Expert quote:

“If a conflict in the courts were to arise, the Supreme Court will probably take it up.”

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POV: Religion Cannot Excuse Discrimination

March 4th, 2014 in 2014, BU Today, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, Robert Volk, School of Law 0 comments

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By Robert Volk, LAW

In recent weeks, the Arizona legislature passed a bill that would allow businesses to discriminate against sexual minorities based on the business owner’s religious beliefs. Ostensibly designed to protect an individual’s religious beliefs, the law would protect a bakery, for example, that refused to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding ceremony…

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What Arizona’s ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill Is Really All About

February 26th, 2014 in 2014, Newsmakers, Robert Volk, School of Law, WBUR 0 comments

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Robert Volk, School of Law

Is anyone surprised by SB1062, the latest Arizona law to shock Americans-who-thought-we’d-gotten-over-all-that?…

Expert quote:

“In essence, the new law would not [change] much.”

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Brookline resident receiving BU Law award

October 27th, 2013 in 2013, Newsmakers, Robert Volk, School of Law 0 comments

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Robert Volk, School of Law

Brookline resident Robert Volk, associate professor of legal writing and director of the Legal Writing and Appellate Advocacy Program at Boston University School of Law, will receive BU Law’s Silver Shingle Award for service to the school at an Oct. 26 ceremony in Boston…

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Boy Scouts’ historic vote on gays: lobbying right up to the end

May 23rd, 2013 in 2013, Christian Science Monitor, Newsmakers, Robert Volk, School of Law 0 comments

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Robert Volk, School of Law
Linda McClain, School of Law

The Boy Scouts of America may be headed for a historic moment on Thursday…

Expert quotes:

Volk:

“Witness the upsurge in support for same sex marriage.”

McClain:

“It has a special status in the nation’s history.”

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Boy Scouts vote to allow gay members

May 23rd, 2013 in 2013, Newsmakers, Robert Volk, School of Law, USA Today 0 comments

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Robert Volk, School of Law

The Boy Scouts of America voted Thursday to allow gay youth to participate in scouting. The historic vote, with 60% in favor, signals another shift in American public opinion about homosexuality but still leaves the organization with many future hurdles…

Expert quote:

“It’s a chicken and egg thing. Their policy has given them the sponsors they have because those are the groups that believe in conservative ideals.”

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