– guest-blogged by W. Kevin Vicklund
Judge John E. Jones III, made famous for his 2005 decision striking down Intelligent Design in the Dover, PA school district, is making the headlines again. He has been assigned a case, brought by ten couples and a widow, challenging Pennsylvania’s law banning marriage equality. The case is Whitewood v. Corbett. The plaintiffs are being represented by the ACLU. I wonder if they’re bringing the band back together?
In related news, opening arguments for DeBoer v. Snyder are scheduled for October 1st. This is the Michigan trial that was originally challenging Michigan’s “second parent adoption” policy banning all but married couples from both adopting a child. The judge convinced the plaintiffs to amend their complaint to challenge the constitutionality of the state amendment banning same-sex marriage.
There are many more cases in the pipelines. This fall and winter should be full of cases to analyze and dissect. And I believe there will be a lot to celebrate when the dust starts to settle.