Category DOMA

LANDMARK SJC DECISION INVOLVING THE RIGHTS OF A NON BIOLOGICAL PARTY TO DECLARE HERSELF THE PRESUMPTIVE PARENT OF A CHILD

A historical and remarkable decision has been issued today by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, entitled Karen Partanen v. Julie Gallagher, posted October 4, 2016, authored by Justice Lenk which addresses the legally enforceable rights of a non biological person in a same sex relationship in the midst of litigating the respective rights to the […]

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New Website- Philip J. Byers

We are very proud of our new website http://www.philipjbyers.com and hope you will view it and let us know what you think. We especially want to thank Dr. Aaron Pollock, draaronpollock@gmail.com, who designed and implemented it for us. He did an AMAZING job and was a pleasure to work with!

DOMA

THE UNITED STATES: STILL THE LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD What a truly momentous decision that was issued by the United States Supreme Court on June 26, 2013. DOMA, known as the Defense of Marriage Act, was held to be unconstitutional. This law enacted by Congress in 1996 that limited marriage to one man and […]

DOMA no more!

While we catch our breath from this whirlwind week of SCOTUS decisions, I thought I would take a moment to share the direct link to the text of the Windsor decision. This landmark 5-4 decision holds that “DOMA is unconstitutional as a deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth […]

DO ALL MARRIED COUPLES HAVE EQUAL RIGHTS?

The Constitution of the United States of America guarantees its citizens equal protection Fourteenth Amendment The Fourteenth Amendment has been frequently used in landmark decisions granting citizens of this country in different states those federally guaranteed rights in criminal prosecutions such as right to counsel, right to a jury trial, and right to confront witnesses. […]