Author Archives: Nancy Polikoff

Nancy Polikoff receives LGBT Bar highest award

Nancy Polikoff, Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law and AY 2011-12 Visiting McDonald/Wright Chair of Law at UCLA, will receive the Dan Bradley award from the National LGBT Bar Association at its annual conference in September.  … Continue reading

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Only two women on most-cited list??!!

Hein online has released a list of the 50 most-cited law profs.   Only two women — Deborah Rhode and Carrie Menkel-Meadow — make the list, at 44 and 45.   Do the men just keep citing each other? – … Continue reading

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Quebec’s “parenting project” — a law like nothing we have in the US

Thanks to McGill law professor Robert Leckey, for his article in English analyzing a Quebec law that went into effect in 2002, at the same time the province instituted civil unions. (Marriage for same-sex couples was not yet legal in … Continue reading

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Florida Gay Adoption Ban — This Case May Finally End It

From Beyond Straight and Gay Marriage – This is a big win. Yes, it’s only a trial court judge.   Yes, it will be appealed.   But this is the case that I suspect will finally end Florida’s ban on … Continue reading

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Why Canadian Same-Sex Couples Don’t Marry

Same-sex couples have had access to marriage in Canada since July 20, 2005. Canadian sociologist Jillian Deri explores why the marriage rate for same-sex couples is so low…17 percent, compared to 80 percent for different-sex couples. She reports the views … Continue reading

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Kentucky Court Blocks Lesbian Couple Adoption

The Kentucky Court of Appeals has made marriage the dividing line between those children who can have two legally recognized parents and those who can’t. In an opinion handed down last Friday, the court ruled that “second-parent adoption” is not … Continue reading

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MARRIAGE FOR 17-YR-OLD BRISTOL PALIN — HOW 1950′s!

Sarah Palin’s 17 year old daughter, Bristol, is pregnant. So why no uproar from conservative Christians (as Sarah Palin describes herself), or from those abstinence-only sex-education Republicans?? Because she’s marrying her boyfriend, Levi Johnston, that’s why! How 1950′s! That’s the … Continue reading

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Ohio Paid Sick Leave Initiative Ignores LGBT Families

I never thought I’d see the day when I would question an effort to secure paid sick leave. But I recently learned that the campaign for paid sick leave in Ohio has proposed an initiative that will allow workers to … Continue reading

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MICHIGAN SUPREME COURT NIXES DOMESTIC PARTNER BENEFITS

The Michigan Supreme Court today upheld a lower court ruling that cities, counties, state universities, and other public employers cannot offer domestic partner benefits to their employees. The Court ruled that such benefits violate the state’s constitutional amendment that reads:”To … Continue reading

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COUNCIL ON CONTEMPORARY FAMILIES

I’m just back from the annual conference of the Council on Contemporary Families  and I’m wondering why I was the only law professor there!   This is the group most dedicated to fighting the simplistic message of the right-wing marriage … Continue reading

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