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Commentary: Courts Rule on Same-Sex Marriage Cases

Northwestern's Andrew Koppelman doubts Supreme Court will uphold California's Prop. 8

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August 9, 2010 | by Brendan Cosgrove

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CHICAGO --- Two decisions recently handed down by federal courts may have impact on gay rights in the United States for years to come. Last month, a judge in Massachusetts struck down portions of the Defense of Marriage Act that prohibited the federal government from offering certain benefits to legally married same-sex couples. More recently, a judge in California overturned that state’s Proposition 8, which mandated that only marriage between a man and a woman would be recognized there. In this audio commentary, Andrew Koppelman, professor of law at Northwestern University, discusses both rulings and how they may impact the lives of same-sex couples throughout the United States.