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Professor Carlos Ball Can Provide Perspective on Same-Sex Marriage Cases and the U.S. Supreme Court

December 06, 2012 – 

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to announce within the next few days whether it will consider the issue of same-sex marriage during the upcoming term. There are 10 cases before the Court that address issues affecting gay and lesbian couples, including a challenge to the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman, and California’s Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage.

Professor Carlos A. Ball is the author of several books, including The Right to Be Parents: LGBT Families and the Transformation of Parenthood (2012) and From the Closet to the Courtroom: Five LGBT Rights Cases That Have Changed Our Nation (2010), and is co-editor of one of the leading casebooks on sexuality and the law. A forthcoming book to be published by Oxford University Press will discuss the role of child welfare consideration in constitutional and policy debates over same-sex marriage. His blogs for the Huffington Post include “Why the Supreme Court Should Hear the DOMA Lawsuit” and “Why the Proposition 8 Ruling Has a Good Chance of Being Affirmed by the Supreme Court.”

Professor Ball can be contacted to discuss the cases and the Court’s decision at 973-353-3008 (office) or cball@kinoy.rutgers.edu.