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Same-sex marriage — protecting equality under the law
Opponents of equality for lesbian and gay people have understood one thing: how quickly their support would evaporate if the freedom to marry arrived and survived anywhere. The speed with which their support collapsed and made way for equality has astonished even most us who worked for it.
In just under a decade since the pioneering Massachusetts breakthrough for equality in 2004, the freedom to marry for lesbian and gay couples has gone from something unimagined, by most people, to growing a reality — some might say even commonplace. Nine states plus the District of Columbia have legalized it, Rhode Island recognizes marriages performed elsewhere, and this trend shows no signs of stopping.
No wonder opponents rushed legislation like the 1996 federal “Defense of Marriage Act,” along with dozens of similar laws and antigay constitutional amendments in states across the country. Deep down, they probably knew how weak their hand was, so they did everything they could to rig the game in their favor while they still could.
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For a while, I thought they had succeeded. When my home state, Wisconsin, passed an antigay amendment in 2006, my husband and I thought, “It’s over. This is probably going to be in place for the rest of our lives.” During the three-year campaign to stop it, I remember knocking on door after door as part of a massive effort to persuade voters to support equality, often encountering people who just didn’t care, or who even seemed to relish the idea of denying to others the rights that they enjoy.
That’s why we moved Massachusetts. Simply put, we didn’t want to live in a state that considered us second-class citizens.
Since then, dire warnings about someone’s wedding triggering the fall of straight marriages, civilization, and the sky, never came true. Once people see the freedom to marry become real for people who love each other, their hearts sometimes grow a size. They start letting go of fear and misgivings. Polls now consistently show a slight but growing majority of support for equal marriage rights across the nation.
Last fall, voters in four states also decisively broke the opponents’ winning streak. Voters explicitly said yes to the freedom to marry in Washington, Maryland and Maine, while voting to prohibit discrimination in Minnesota.
The main question at this point seems to be how long we will have to live with opponents’ attempt to stop time, and to sweep away the obstacles they placed in freedom’s way. That question is now before the US Supreme Court.
On Tuesday, the Court will hear arguments in a case challenging Prop 8, which amended California’s constitution to restrict marriage to opposite-sex couples. The next day, the Court will consider the challenge to DOMA brought by Edie Windsor, a widow represented by the ACLU and the firm Paul Weiss. Edie, age 83, had to pay more than $360,000 in federal estate taxes after her spouse Thea Spyer died in 2009. The couple spent 44 years together and legally married in New York. If Edie had been married to a man, she would not have had to pay any estate taxes after Thea’s death.
No matter what answer the Supreme Court gives, it will be historic. Nearly as important as the ruling itself will be the question of how the country will react to the Court’s decisions, now and especially in the future.
I think we already know the answer. Most Americans seem ready to understand and appreciate rulings that protect equality under the law. And as they have over the past remarkable decade, pockets of resistance to equal justice will likely shrink and fade away.
By Christopher Ott
Roxana Amiri, voted the best Iranian-American attorney in CA
Roxana Amiri,the Immigration attorney, was voted the best Iranian-American attorney in CA by majority of respondants, in a toll taken by Iranian-Lawyers.com
Vote for the "Best Iranian Lawyers in California"
This week we asked Iranian-American attorneys(in CA), via e-mail, to vote for the top 5 Iranian attorneys in California, whose personality and work, they most respect.
The response has been great. We are counting the votes. If you are an Iranian attorney in CA, and have not voted yet, feel free to do so by March 31st, by sending an e-mail to: Star@IranianEverything.com
Hertz Fires 34 Drivers at Seattle Airport, All Somali Muslims, for Praying on Company Time
By Martha Neil
Two years ago, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission helped unionized shuttle drivers for the Hertz rental car company work out a settlement under which they were allowed to clock out to pray during their two 10-minute breaks.
But that clock-out policy was never enforced, the drivers, who work at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, say.
That changed Friday, when 34 workers--all Somali Muslims--were suspended indefinitely for not clocking out before praying, reports the Seattle Times.
Their union, Teamsters Local 117, is trying to get them back on the job. Meanwhile, there is disagreement about what, exactly, changed last week.
A Hertz spokesman said workers had been repeatedly warned about the rule, and pointed out that those who clocked out before praying weren't fired.
However, workers told a different story. Zainab Aweis told the newspaper she was unaware of any rule change and was simply warned, along with other Hertz drivers, by a manager on Friday that they could not pray, not that they were required to clock out first.
"He said, 'If you guys pray, you go home,' " she recounted. "I said, 'Is that a new rule?' And he said, 'yes.' "
When they went ahead and prayed anyway, as religious Muslims do up to five times daily, they were taunted, she says.
Networking Sites Spur Another Look at Bogus E-Mails
In the spring of 2008, a deluge of complaints hit the Federal Trade Commission about what appeared to be a new registration strategy deployed by the social networking site Reunion.com.
When people joined the site, Reunion.com asked them to provide their e-mail addresses and passwords. But what some people didn’t realize was that the site would then send solicitations to all their e-mail contacts—including their bosses and business associates, and even exes. What’s more, the ads made it appear as if the new members were searching for their e-mail contacts on the Reunion site.
“This company hacked my e-mail system, falsely telling my contacts that I was ‘looking for them’ on their social networking website,” one disgruntled user said, according to FTC reports.
“This has hurt my professional credibility, as several of my contacts who have received this e-mail (and confronted me about it) are colleagues, clients and my professional superiors. In addition it is a huge embarrassment,” complained another.
The e-mails “will reflect poorly on me,” lamented yet another.
Reunion isn’t the only company to draw complaints. Other social networking sites like Tagged also ask people to provide their e-mail log-ins upon joining and, in some cases, send invitations to everyone in registrants’ address books.
Privacy experts worry that people often sign up for sites quickly, without reading the fine print that tells them how their information will be used.
Dad Argues Taking Daughter to Church Shouldn’t Be Considered Contempt
An expected court argument today may ratchet up the stakes in an unusual case in which a father has been forbidden to take his daughter to church.
In a move apparently intended to test the resolve of a judge who ordered him not to expose his 3-year-old daughter to Christianity, Joseph Reyes took her to church the other day. Now counsel for the second-year law student are arguing that he shouldn't be held in contempt.
In a motion to dismiss a Cook County Circuit Court petition for adjudication of a criminal contempt citiation, attorney Joel Brodsky says that what exactly falls within the definition of the "Jewish religion" isn't clear, according to a news release.
It also contends that a court shouldn't be deciding about a child's religious practices.
Facebook Is ‘Unrivaled Leader’ for Online Divorce Evidence, Survey Says
We heard this week from one lawyer who tells his criminal defense clients right off the bat to nix their Facebook accounts. Maybe divorce lawyers ought to consider similar warnings.
In a new survey of divorce lawyers, 81 percent say they have seen an increase in the use of social networking evidence during the past five years. The survey, conducted by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, pinpoints Facebook as the "unrivaled leader for online divorce evidence" with 66 percent citing it as a primary source, according to a news release about the survey.
AAML Vice President Ken Altshuler, a Portland, Maine, divorce lawyer, already tells clients to terminate social networking pages immediately.
"Every client I've seen in the last six months had a Facebook page," Altshuler told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Altshuler shared anecdotes with the AJC, including a case in which a woman was seeking custody in a divorce from her alcoholic husband. The husband had told the judge he had reformed, but Altshuler found a recent photo of the man "holding a beer in each hand with a joint in his mouth."
AAML President Marlene Eskind Moses, who practices family law in Nashville, Tenn., said in the release that there's already heightened levels of personal scrutiny during divorce proceedings.
"If you publicly post any contradictions to previously made statements and promises, an estranged spouse will certainly be one of the first people to notice and make use of that evidence," she said. "As everyone continues to share more and more aspects of their lives on social networking sites, they leave themselves open to much greater examinations of both their public and private lives in these sensitive situations."
While Facebook has proven to be the evidence leader, the survey notes that 15 percent of lawyers say they've found evidence on MySpace and five percent from Twitter
Billionaire’s Secret Sex Case Plea Deal Shows What a Good Defense Can Do
By Martha Neil
A Florida billionaire's secret non-prosecution deal with the feds in an investigation of conduct that eventually resulted in his plea to state-court prostitution-related felonies was unsealed today. And it revealed what an attorney for one of the more than 20 young women currently suing him for alleged sex-related conduct calls a sweetheart deal.
The feds agreed to recall grand jury subpoenas and not to prosecute financier Jeffrey Epstein or any potential co-conspirators, in exchange for his agreement to plead to the state-court crimes and reimburse victims' legal fees if they settle their civil lawsuits against him, reports the Palm Beach Post.
Police in Palm Beach began investigating Epstein after a relative of a 14-year-old girl complained that she had allegedly given him what the newspaper terms a naked massage at his $8.5 million home.
After pleading guilty in state court to felony solicitation of prostitution and procuring a person under the age of 18 for prostitution, Epstein was sentenced in July 2008 to 18 months in jail. He served 13 months, eventually spending as much as six days a week outside the facility on work release, the Post recounts.
"The Jeffrey Epstein matter was an experience of what a many-million-dollar defense can accomplish," Police Chief Michael Reiter told the Palm Beach Daily News when he retired.
How to Take Control in a Down Economy
By Edward A. Adams
Protecting your financial future and achieving your career goals in a tough economy will be the focus of an audio webcast titled "Recession-Proof Yourself: Take Control in a Down Economy," sponsored by the ABA Center for Continuing Legal Education on Tuesday, June 16 at 1 p.m. ET.
The program will feature:
• Susan Berson, of the Banking & Tax Law Group LLP, Leawood, Kan., and author of an ABA Journal article "Recession-Proofing Your Practice."
• Cordell Parvin, of Cordell Parvin LLC in Dallas who is a career coach and author of Rising Star: The Making of a Rainmaker.
• Susan Sneider, director of marketing and business development at Freeborn & Peters in Chicago and author of A Lawyer’s Guide to Networking.
The program is free for ABA members and $14.95 for nonmembers.
The presentation is the third in a series of four ABA programs about dealing with the recession. The final program, Staying Positive in a Down Economy: Beyond the "Group Hug", will be at 1 p.m. ET on June 30.
The first two programs also are available online:
"How to Sell Yourself: Developing the Perfect Pitch"
"Solotions: Overcoming the Obstacles of Going and Being Solo in a Down Economy"
Things You Should Never Put in an E-Mail
By Molly McDonough
Over at the Wichita Eagle blog, What the Judge Ate for Breakfast, there's a caution about e-mail during office hours on office computers.
Courts reporter Ron Sylvester quips, "My wife says you should never put anything in a company e-mail that you don’t want to be shown to 12 strangers on a big movie screen."
His wife's an employment lawyer, so she should know. The post notes that lawyers are increasingly searching company e-mail and files during e-discovery.
So what are they looking for?
Roger Matus, over at the blog Death by E-Mail, reproduces a top 10 list.
Here are a few that will likely raise red flags for e-discovery sleuths:
"Delete this email immediately."
"I really shouldn't put this in writing."
"We're going to do this differently than normal."
"I don't want to discuss this in e-mail. Please give me a call."
"Don't ask. You don't want to know."
Matus then advises, "If you find yourself typing one of these phrases, perhaps you should delete the entire email."
Walk of Shame: Shanghai to Post Photos of Jaywalkers
Seeking to shame pedestrian scofflaws into complying with traffic rules, Shanghai police plan to publicize photos and videos of their misdeeds--along with comparable crimes by bicyclists and moped riders--on television and in newspapers.
However, the plan is a controversial one, and attorneys are complaining that public humiliation is too harsh a punishment and threatening to bring defamation suits against the police, reports Reuters.
"It's a principle of law that a penalty should match the seriousness of the crime," attorney Liu Chunquan tells the Shanghai Daily, a local newspaper.
Travel ban for Iranian actress was only a 'rumour,' says colleague
The travel ban on actress Golshifteh Farahani reported in Iran last week was simply a rumour, and the star has departed for a trip to the U.S., a colleague told the Fars news agency.
"This trip took place last Thursday and she has gone to the United States on a personal visit," casting director Mohammad Reza Sharifinia, who has worked with Farahani, told Fars, according to Agence France-Presse.
A week ago, Iran's official news agency IRNA reported that the 25-year-old actress was stopped by authorities at a Tehran airport while en route to the U.S. to discuss a new film role, citing an unnamed government official.
"These are all rumours and her trip proves these rumours wrong," Sharifinia said.
The IRNA report made headlines around the world and the purported ban sparked criticism in some Iranian newspaper editorials as well.
Farahani, who began her acting career as a child, is a well-known performer in Iran after having appeared both on the stage and in a number of films, including the award-winning movie Half Moon by Kurdish filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi and M for Mother, which was Iran's official Oscar submission for the best foreign language film category in 2007.
Some of her roles, however, have come under fire.
The film Santouri, in which Farahani portrays the wife of a drug-addicted musician, was banned from theatrical screening and criticized as a negative portrayal of Iran. However, the film was widely distributed by bootleggers on the black market and became a hit.
Her most recent effort, Ridley Scott's upcoming Hollywood production Body of Lies, has also been blasted by some in Iran.
The film, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe, tells the story of a CIA agent who travels to Jordan to capture a terrorist leader. Farahani's participation was billed as the first appearance by an Iranian-based actress in a Hollywood film since the start of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Some hardliners in Iran have criticized Farahani for taking the role and called on officials to sanction her.