Katherine Franke on The Future of Domestic Partnerships
Professor of law and Director of the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia, Katherine Franke, discusses what happens to domestic partnerships—both straight and gay—now that gay marriage is legal in New York.
PRESS RELEASE—June 30
Gender and Sexuality Law Clinic Receives Award for Pro Bono Work
The Gender and Sexuality Law Clinic of Columbia Law School is a 2011 Lehigh Valley LGBT Community Award winner in recognition of the Clinic’s success in writing domestic Partner Benefits legislation for the Cities of Allentown and Easton, PA. The Allentown ordinance, drafted by clinic students, was signed into law Jan. 26 of this year.
PRESS RELEASE—June 27
Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic Files Brief in Household Labor Trafficking Case
Columbia Law School’s Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic filed an amicus brief in the Second Circuit case, Velez v. Sanchez, highlighting the serious problem of family members trafficking young relatives into domestic labor. This practice, which has young family members working as barely-paid servants in relatives’ homes, violates both international and U.S. law.
NEW YORK TIMES—June 24
Marriage Is a Mixed Blessing
Professor Katherine Franke writes an op-ed piece about the mixed blessing called marriage in the New York Times.
PRESS RELEASE—June 1
Center for Gender & Sexuality Law Launches Major New Project on “Engaging Tradition”
Columbia Law School’s Center for Gender & Sexuality Law announced the launch of the Engaging Tradition Project to study how the ideas of tradition are deployed both to undermine and support gender and sexuality-based social justice projects.
PRESS RELEASE—April 8
Professor Katherine Franke Named a Guggenheim Fellow
Professor Katherine Franke, director of the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School, has been awarded a fellowship to write a book that will look at marriage as the centerpiece of a civil rights movement.
WALL STREET JOURNAL—February 23
Katherine Franke: Civil Unions in Hawaii and Illinois: How'd They Get it Right?
Unlike in most jurisdictions in the U.S. that have enacted a civil union law, the Hawaii and Illinois laws cover both same-sex and different-sex couples. This is great news.
WINDY CITY TIMES—February 23
Justice Department to Stop Defending DOMA, Groups Respond
The Obama administration made a blockbuster announcement Feb. 23, saying it has concluded that one part of the Defense of Marriage Act ( DOMA ) will not be able to pass constitutional muster in the 2nd Circuit and that the Department of Justice ( DoJ ) would not defend that part of the law in two pending cases in that circuit.
PRESS RELEASE—February 23
Obama Administration Says Defense of Marriage Act is Unconstitutional, Directors of Law School's Center for Gender and Sexuality Law Comment on Decision
The Obama administration said today that it would not defend in court the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the 15-year-old federal law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman. The Justice Department had previously defended the law, but said it had determined in a pair of cases in the federal appeals court in New York that it was no longer constitutional. The co-directors of the Columbia Law School’s Center for Gender and Sexuality Law offered comments about the announcement.
HUFFINGTON POST—February 21
A Gay Rights Angle on the Egyptian Revolution?
Katherine Franke: Egyptian officials announced on Saturday that the state's emergency laws might be lifted in six months. We'll see. Since 1967, Egypt has spent all but five months under a declared "state of emergency" by which the regime has rationalized the outlawing of demonstrations, the use of indefinite detentions without trial, the extensive use of "security courts" that afford little or no due process or transparency as compared with civilian courts, the endowment of presidential decrees with the power of law, among other things.
IRCPL PODCAST—February 15
Dahlia Lithwick in Conversation
Listen to a conversation with Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor at Slate and writer of the “Supreme Court Dispatches” and “Jurisprudence” columns. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Harper’s, The Washington Post, and Commentary, among other places. Moderated by Suzanne Goldberg, Columbia Law Professor and Director of Center for Gender and Sexuality Law.
ASSOCIATED PRESS—January 27
Allentown Now Offers Domestic Partner Benefits
The policy applies to the city's white collar employees and members of the Service Employees International Union. The police and fire unions are reviewing a memorandum of understanding that extends the benefits to those members. Allentown's ordinance was written by students at Columbia Law School's Sexuality & Gender Law Clinic.
STARS AND STRIPES—January 24
DADT—A Look at Our Allies
A recent article in the military newspaper Stars and Stripes points out how—in the implementation of the new policy—our services could take a look at how our allies managed the transition when they enacted similar policies. The author, Suzanne B. Goldberg, a clinical professor of law and director of Columbia Law School’s Gender & Sexuality Law Center, writes how some of our allies, including the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada, did it.
NEW YORK TIMES—January 5
NFL Declined to View Favre Texts, Lawyer Says
Suzanne Goldberg, a Columbia Law School professor and director of the school’s Center for Gender & Sexuality Law, said the women do not necessarily need to prove they were full-time employees to win their case. “Even if they were not full-time employees, they were hired by the Jets to do a job, and the law prohibits employers from sexually harassing who they hire,” she said.
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Financial 411: Supreme Court to Hear Case Against Walmart
The Supreme Court has announced it will hear a case that involves the world’s largest retailer. The case is also the nation’s biggest employment discrimination lawsuit. A class action lawsuit against Walmart alleges the company unfairly discriminated against hundreds of thousands of women in both pay and promotions. Suzanne Goldberg is a professor at Columbia Law School, where she directs the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law. She traces the timeline of the lawsuit, and explains what's at stake.
PRESS RELEASE—November 30
Columbia Law School’s Katherine Franke, Suzanne Goldberg Say It’s the "End Game" for "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell"
A Pentagon report that sees little impact if gays and lesbians are allowed to serve openly should serve as the final “nail in the coffin” for the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, say gender and sexuality law experts at Columbia Law School. “We’re in the don’t ask, don’t tell end game,” said Katherine Franke, Director of the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law. “Having given the military ample and robust opportunity to consider lifting the ban on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the U.S. armed services, it is clear that the time has come to lift the ban.” The report should be “the final nail in ‘don't ask, don't tell's’ coffin,” said Suzanne B. Goldberg, Director of the Law School’s Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic. “As many military and civilian leaders have long argued, sexual orientation discrimination does not belong in our military. Lesbians and gay men are currently serving and have long served in the military with distinction. It is time for the law to catch up with reality.”
PRESS RELEASE—November 9
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Politics Get Trickier As Senate Vote Looms, Says Professor Katherine Franke
Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said he wants the Senate to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for gays serving in the military. But such a vote, even if it fails, may be part of a larger administration strategy to repeal the policy, says Katherine Franke, director of the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School.
PRESS RELEASE—October 25
Proposition 8 “Denigrates Same-Sex Couples,” Professor Suzanne Goldberg Argues in Brief
Proposition 8 should be struck down because it denies same-sex couples access to the “unique” value” of marriage and “denigrates” domestic partners by not allowing them to marry, Professor Suzanne Goldberg argues in a brief filed for the latest challenge to the California law.
PRESS RELEASE—October 20
Refusal by Judge to Postpone “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” an Easy Case to Make, Says Professor Franke
The “clear and emphatic” refusal by U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips to stay her ruling that the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy was unconstitutional was easy to make given the government’s weak case, said Professor Katherine Franke, Director of Columbia Law School’s Center for Gender & Sexuality Law.
PRESS RELEASE—October 20
Clinic Files Brief in Suit Against Move by Arizona to Eliminate Domestic Partner Benefits
The Columbia Law School Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic filed an amicus brief Wednesday in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to recognize that that discrimination based on sexual orientation demands the most stringent constitutional standard courts use to review state and federal law.
PRESS RELEASE—October 1
Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic Urges European Court to Recognize Intersectional Discrimination
The Columbia Law School Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic has urged the European Court of Human Rights to recognize and respond to intersectional discrimination, a form of discrimination based on an individual’s combination of characteristics, such as race and sex together, rather than on a single trait.
Columbia Law School’s Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic addresses cutting-edge issues in sexuality and gender law through litigation, legislation, public policy analysis and other forms of advocacy. Under the guidance of Professor Suzanne Goldberg, clinic students work on a wide range of projects, from constitutional litigation to legislative advocacy to immigration cases, to serve both individual and organizational clients in cases involving issues of sexuality and gender law.
NEW YORK TIMES (Room for Debate Blog)—September 29
Obama’s Message to Voters
Patricia Williams: You can’t eat anger; and anger depletes mindfulness. The democracies that will survive on an increasingly exhausted planet will be those that ensure the fairest possible distribution of resources among their citizens. Thus, President Obama needs to preach the benefits of his programs to the real Samuel Wurzelbachers of the world, rather than refuting the “Mr. Moneybags Has Been Unfairly Taxed” narrative of an imagined Joe the Plumber.
BBC RADIO—September 27
Goldman Sachs Class Action
Three women who worked for Goldman Sachs are suing the Wall Street firm. Suzanne Goldberg, Professor of Law at Columbia University and former partner and MD at Goldman Sachs Jacki Zehner discuss.
At B&H Photo, Employees Say Not Everything is Picture Perfect
But certainly, basic labor laws require equal opportunities for promotion. Columbia Law School professor Suzanne Goldberg says she’s wondered why B&H hadn’t been sued sooner for gender discrimination. “It is certainly not permissible for a store to refuse to hire women as sales people, even if the store had certain religious commitments; a store is open to the public,” Goldberg says.
The Battle for Gay Marriage—In the Classroom
Katherine Franke and Katherine Biers discuss their new course on "Gay Marriage" and why controversial college courses about same-sex unions are a much-needed lesson in critical thought.