DOMA, Prop 8, and the US Supreme Court

I have been intrigued by the same-sex marriage debate for a while.  This interest has been piqued lately by the media’s coverage of the gay marriage debate this week (ahead of the Supreme Court hearing arguments on DOMA and Prop 8).

On March 21st, National Public Radio reported the American Academy of Pediatrics’ release of a policy statement supporting marriage rights for same-sex couples.  Additionally, I’ve heard other stories in the run up to this week about organizations filing amicus briefs with the US Supreme Court.

This got me to thinking about the amicus briefs that have been filed with the court and whether there was a place to view these. Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) has a page with all the briefs that have been filed here.  A variety of organizations have filed briefs, including the American Psychological Association, the American Sociological Association, the Anti-Defamation League, as well as Federalism Scholars, and Constitutional Law Scholars.  These briefs cite a variety of useful research for those who are interested in this topic.


Author: Jessica Bishop-Royse

Jessica Bishop-Royse is the SSRC’s Senior Research Methodologist. Her areas of interest include: health disparities, demography, crime, methods, and statistics. She often finds herself navigating the fields of sociology, demography, epidemiology, medicine, public health, and policy. She was broadly trained in data collection, Stata, quantitative research methodology, as well as statistics. She has experience with multi-level analyses, survival analyses, and multivariate regression. Outside of the work context, Jessi is interested in writing, reading, travel, photography, and sport.

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