The unlikely champion of same-sex marriage

Ted Olson, the lawyer arguing in favor of marriage equality before the Supreme Court of the United States - the sixtieth time he's appeared before America's highest court -  has the background you'd least expect: Certain law partners no longer call Theodore B. Olson for lunch. Old friends no longer come to dinner at his sprawling house in … Continue reading The unlikely champion of same-sex marriage


Book review: “From the Closet to the Altar”

[Originally posted at Canadian Lawyer] In 1957, a prominent American group denounced homosexuality as “socially heretical or deviant,” and determined that laws against it posed no constitutional problems. That organization: the American Civil Liberties Union. For years thereafter, “sodomy” was a criminal offence in every state. In 2012, the president of the United States spoke out … Continue reading Book review: “From the Closet to the Altar”

In loco parentis

An Alberta court has awarded custody of a nine year-old child to the biological father's former same-sex partner: In a precedent-setting case, a Calgary judge has granted custody of an eight-year-old girl to a gay man over his former partner and biological father of the child. The two men had shared parenting duties of the … Continue reading In loco parentis

The right thing

New York State Senator Roy MacDonald, a Republican, on his decision to vote in favor of same-sex marriage: "You get to the point where you evolve in your life where everything isn't black and white, good and bad, and you try to do the right thing," McDonald, 64, told reporters. "You might not like that. … Continue reading The right thing

Same-sex marriage in Saskatchewan: no opting out

The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal has ruled that provincial marriage commissioners may not refuse to perform same-sex marriages, despite their religious beliefs: In its decision, the Appeal Court said that accommodating commissioners' religious convictions does not justify discriminating against same-sex couples who want to tie the knot. Five judges on the bench at Saskatchewan's Court … Continue reading Same-sex marriage in Saskatchewan: no opting out