Title

The Politicization of Judicial Elections and Its Effect on Judicial Independence and LGBT Rights

Document Type

Presentation

Publication Date

10-21-2011

Conference or Event Name

The Politicization of Judicial Elections and Its Effect on Judicial Independence and LGBT Rights

Conference URL

https://www.law.csuohio.edu/lawlibrary/guides/sexualorientation#judicialindependence

Place

Cleveland, Ohio

Institution Location

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Abstract

This program was inspired by the November, 2010 elections in which three sitting Iowa Supreme Court justices were ousted as a result of the court’s unanimous ruling in Varnum v. Brien. The Varnum decision held that a state statute limiting marriage rights to a man and a woman was unconstitutional because it violated the equal protection clause in Iowa’s constitution. The conference furthers the dialogue on the effect that the justices’ ouster may have on judicial independence, and its impact on ongoing efforts to challenge laws that prohibit same-sex marriage and to advance LGBT equality through state court litigation.

Comments

Link is to video of the symposium in Mediasite format.