Faculty in the News: Same-Sex Marriage Cases Before the Supreme Court

This week, for the first time, the U.S. Supreme Court takes up cases addressing equality in marriage rights for same-sex couples. Constitutional law experts Professors David Fontana, Alan Morrison, Jeffrey Rosen, and Jonathan Turley provide their thoughts:


MSNBC  .  March 27, 2013

Professor Jonathan Turley explains the challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act and issues of federalism and maps out how the Court might take "off ramps" and look at this as a states' rights issue and not one of equal protection, or they may not find standing for plaintiffs in the case in the first place.


MSNBC  .  March 27, 2013

Professor Jeffrey Rosen on the High Court's day looking at DOMA.


The Huffington Post  .  March 27, 2013  .  "Gay Marriage Without the Robes"

Professor David Fontana pens this editorial on the discourse surrounding these issues: "Within a few hours, though, the discussion had changed. No longer was the focus on the aftermath of a gay marriage victory in the Court, but instead on the aftermath of a decision to punt, or avoid, the constitutional status of gay marriage."


MSNBC  .  March 26, 2013

Professor Jeffrey Rosen analyzes Tuesday's oral argument of the Proposition 8 case with "Politics Nation's" Al Sharpton.


The New Republic  .  March 26, 2013  .  "No, a Sweeping Gay Marriage Ruling Won't Trigger a Backlash"

Professor David Fontana pens this editorial on how he believes the public would react to the Supreme Court holding that same-sex marriage is constitutional.


C-SPAN  .  March 25, 2013  .  "The Same-Sex Marriage Cases: An In-Depth Look at the Legal Issues"

C-SPAN covers GW Law's event taking a balanced and timely look at these cases and issues. Associate Dean Alan Morrison moderates the debate between Paul Smith, Partner at Jenner & Block, and Edward Whelan, President, Ethics and Public Policy Center, ahead of the Supreme Court oral arguments.


The Diane Rehm Show  .  March 25, 2013

Professor Jeffrey Rosen speaks to WAMU's Diane Rehm about the issues behind these two cases based on debates over two laws—the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8—and the larger issue of equality.


MSNBC  .  March 25, 2013

Professor Jonathan Turley provides an historical High Court background to these cases and issues, explains the standing issues in both cases, and outlines possible outcomes.