Hogan Lovells Files Amicus Briefs in Support of Same-Sex Marriage Equality

WASHINGTON, D.C., 10 March 2015 – Global law firm Hogan Lovells recently filed two amicus briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of same-sex couples seeking the right to marry. The two briefs highlight the importance of marriage equality from two different perspectives: history and public health.

Hogan Lovells filed an amicus brief on behalf of the Organization of American Historians, supporting the petitioners who are challenging the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals’ refusal to strike down laws that ban same-sex marriage.  The brief details the long and continuing history of discrimination against gay men and lesbians, from the colonial period until today.  It also explains how the same-sex marriage bans in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee are simply more recent iterations of that longstanding discrimination. The full amicus brief can be found here.

The pro bono team was led by partners Cate Stetson and Erica Knievel Songer, and associates Mary Helen Wimberly, Madeline Gitomer, and Katherine Duncan in the Washington, D.C. office.

The second brief was filed on behalf of American Public Health Association (APHA) and Whitman-Walker Health. The brief highlights a growing body of social science that has linked discriminatory marriage policies with adverse mental and physical health effects on lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) individuals. The brief states that eliminating same-sex marriage bans would not only help mitigate these negative health effects, but also allow individuals in same-sex relationships to avail themselves of the mental and physical health benefits that have long been associated with marriage. The full amicus brief can be found here.

The pro bono team was led by partners Ken Choe and Sheree Kanner in the Washington, D.C. office, and associates David Skaar in the Los Angeles office, Thomas Cummins in the Northern Virginia office and Margia Corner and Elizabeth Lockwood in the Washington, D.C. office. Hogan Lovells’ co-counsel for the amicus brief was Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

The Court is slated to hear the four consolidated landmark cases concerning the freedom of same-sex couples to marry on 28 April 2015.

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