Author Archives: Brenda Feigen

Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Hearing — Up Close Part II

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As I got close to the Court on my way to the DOMA hearing, I was greeted with big, ugly posters with Hate Fag language.  Soon, I did see our people, and they took up all the rest of the street.  A large press area was cordoned off.  Once inside the Gallery, I saw a […]

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Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Hearing — Up Close

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My feelings are full & complex after today in the Prop 8 hearing.  Since they started with Chief Justice Roberts interrupting the Proponents’ lawyer, Cooper – barely a sentence in – to say he wanted to hear about whether they even had standing to  bring the case, there was a full-throated bombardment from virtually every […]

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Here’s to the 9th Circuit

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 Prop 8 — and the narrow approach ahead

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Lesbians and Gays Finally Have the Right to Marry; Faith in Reason Returns

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Yesterday was a very big day for gays and lesbians and Americans, in general. And I was out celebrating at a rally in West Hollywood at which the Prop 8 plaintiffs’ lawyers, David Boies and Ted Olson, appeared. So it was a late night, and I hope what I say here is coherent and conveys […]

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DOMA Is Unconstitutional: An Authoritative Opinion

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Lawyer Brenda Feigen takes a close look at the federal Defense of Marriage Act … and doesn’t like what she sees.

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Brenda Feigen: Second-Class All the Way

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Notes from a worn-down but still hopeful civil rights lawyer …

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Who Is (Not) Passing the Buck on Gay Rights? by Brenda Feigen

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From Prop 8 to DOMA and Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Brenda Feigen makes sense of the latest in the ever-changing legalities of the gay/lesbian world.

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Does Prop 8 Decision Prove ‘California Supreme Court Lost Its Way’?

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Brenda Feigen is outraged at the ease with which the California Constitution can be amended to take rights away.

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Why ‘Milk’ Matters: The Proposition 8 Battle Continues

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  Editor’s Note: Brenda Feigen is Counsel to Kenoff & Machtinger, LLP, where she practices anti-discrimination and entertainment law. A graduate of Harvard Law School, she co-founded Ms. Magazine with Gloria Steinem and directed with (now Justice) Ruth Bader Ginsburg the Women’s Rights Project of the ACLU. Her memoir, Not One of the Boys: Living […]

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Proposition 8 Battle Just The Beginning For Gay Marriage Rights

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None of us quite realized that the passage of Proposition 8 would become such a watershed moment. My spouse Joanne and I were domestic partners until July 4th, when we finally married under California’s recently approved same-sex marriage law. We’ve been together for 16 years, so it seems like the obvious thing to do, but […]

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