Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane will not defend the state’s ban on same-sex couples marrying, challenged in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday.
Following the Supreme Court’s decision on June 26 striking down the definition of marriage in the Defense of Marriage Act that excluded gay couples from federal recognition, Kane Thursday said, “I cannot ethically defend the constitutionality of Pennsylvania’s version of DOMA. I believe it to be wholly unconstitutional.”
Philanthropist Charles R. “Chuck” Williams’ gift of $5.5 million to the UCLA School of Law will be earmarked for the Williams Institute for the study of sexual orientation and gender identity law, the university announced.
These are heady days for the gay and lesbian community, with Supreme Court decisions and public-opinion polls reflecting startling shifts in views on issues such as gay marriage. Not surprisingly, the upcoming edition of the Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival projects these changing attitudes.
It's already against the law for same-sex couples to get married in Indiana, and the legislators in the state have recently updated the existing law, reminding some and informing others that it's actually a criminal offense for a same-sex couple to even try to get married.