EJS Signs on to Amicus Briefs in Marriage Equality Cases

The Equal Justice Society signed on to amicus briefs filed with the U.S. Supreme Court last week in two marriage equality cases. In Hollingsworth v. Perry, EJS signed on to an amicus brief filed by Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP in support of the Ninth Circuit’s decision holding that California’s Proposition 8, which bans same-sex … Continue reading EJS Signs on to Amicus Briefs in Marriage Equality Cases

EJS Joins Other Organizations in Court Brief Supporting Judge Walker’s Decision on Prop. 8

The Equal Justice Society and more than forty public interest organizations represented pro bono by the law firm Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP today filed an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals arguing on behalf of gay and lesbian plaintiffs in Perry v. Schwarzenegger. In August, Judge Vaughn Walker, of the U.S. … Continue reading EJS Joins Other Organizations in Court Brief Supporting Judge Walker’s Decision on Prop. 8

LGBT Legal Groups Decry Obama Administration’s Defense of DOMA

The National Center for Lesbian Rights (EJS board member Kate Kendell is NLCR's executive director), Lambda Legal, the ACLU, Human Rights Campaign, GLAD and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force issued a statement today objecting to the Obama administration's recent filing in support of the a law that discriminates against LGBT. (San Francisco, CA, … Continue reading LGBT Legal Groups Decry Obama Administration’s Defense of DOMA

Bittersweet Week: Judge Sotomayor, Prop 8 Upheld, Ron Takaki Passes; Launching ConfirmSotomayor.org

We experienced last week several gut-wrenching and rejoiceful moments. On Tuesday, May 26, President Barack Obama announced his historic nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. On the same morning, the California Supreme Court ruled against marriage equality by upholding Prop. 8. The following day brought news that a preeminent scholar on our … Continue reading Bittersweet Week: Judge Sotomayor, Prop 8 Upheld, Ron Takaki Passes; Launching ConfirmSotomayor.org

National Center for Lesbian Rights Hails Iowa Marriage Victory

"Today, in a unanimous decision, the Iowa Supreme Court held that the Iowa statute barring same-sex couples from marriage violated the equal protection guarantee of the Iowa Constitution. Lambda Legal represents the plaintiffs in the case," said NCLR Legal Director Shannon Minter. "The National Center for Lesbian Rights filed an amicus brief in support of … Continue reading National Center for Lesbian Rights Hails Iowa Marriage Victory

Tanene Allison: Follow the Artists to Our New Democracy

EJS has been fortunate to work with Tanene Allison on the past, especially when she worked for the National Campaign to Restore Civil Rights. The topic of dissent and the role of artists in helping us more towards a new and improved American democracy is something that resonates with our work. This was originally published … Continue reading Tanene Allison: Follow the Artists to Our New Democracy

Eva Paterson, Other Leaders Join Lawyers for Press Conference on Prop 8 Legal Challenge

EJS President Eva Paterson will participate in a press conference with other leaders and attorneys to be held immediately prior to Thursday’s California Supreme Court oral arguments in the Prop 8 legal challenge. Attorneys will argue that by taking away a right only from one group, Proposition 8 violates the most basic principle of our … Continue reading Eva Paterson, Other Leaders Join Lawyers for Press Conference on Prop 8 Legal Challenge