Roberta “Robbie” Kaplan, counsel who represented Edith Windsor in the landmark marriage equality case, will speak about the civil rights battle for same-sex marriage at Indiana University Maurer School of Law on March 26.
The lecture, titled “Defeating DOMA: United States v. Windsor and the Future of Marriage Equality,” will begin at noon at the IU Maurer moot court room. The event is open to the public.
Windsor challenged the constitutionality of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act after she was prevented from claiming a federal tax exemption for a surviving spouse following the death of her same-sex spouse, Thea Spyer. In 2013, a 5-4 majority of the Supreme Court of the United States agreed Section 3 was unconstitutional.
Since then, constitutional challenges to state laws banning same-sex marriage have been successful in 36 states including Indiana.
Kaplan will be introduced by IU Maurer associate professor Steve Sanders. Kaplan and Sanders are co-counsel, along with University of Minnesota law professor Dale Carpenter, on an amicus brief for the Human Rights Campaign in the four marriage equality cases pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. In those cases, (collectively referred to as Obergefell v. Hodges) the justices will decide whether the remaining state-level bans on same-sex marriage are constitutional.
Also joining the marriage equality fight is Indiana Tech Law School professor Nancy Marcus, a principal author in another amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court. The brief was filed by BiLaw, a national organization of bisexual lawyers, law professors and law students founded by Marcus.