April 29, 2011 2:49PM

Gays and the Law

Dale Carpenter of the University of Minnesota Law School, who wrote a Cato Policy Analysis on the Federal Marriage Amendment, has an op‐​ed today in the New York Times about changing attitudes among lawyers and judges about sexual orientation:

The prestigious law firm King & Spalding has not fully explained its decision this week to stop assisting Congress in defending the law that forbids federal recognition of same‐​sex marriage. But its reversal suggests the extent to which gay men and lesbians have persuaded much of the legal profession to accept the basic proposition that sexual orientation is irrelevant to a person’s worth and that the law should reflect this judgment.

And speaking of sexual orientation and the legal profession, don’t miss our upcoming Policy Forum with superlawyers and co‐​counsels Ted Olson and David Boies, “The Case for Marriage Equality: Perry v. Schwarzenegger,” on May 18.