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Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Berkeley Law Experts Available for Analysis of Prop. 8 Ruling

Contacts: Susan Gluss, 510.642.6936 or
                Kathleen Maclay, (510) 643-5651 or

Berkeley, CA—August 4… A federal judge in San Francisco is expected this afternoon to issue his ruling on whether Proposition 8, a November 2008 ballot initiative that defined marriage as the union between a man and a woman, violated gays' and lesbians' equal rights under the U.S. Constitution.

UC Berkeley School of Law experts will be available to discuss and analyze the decision.

a. Joan Heifetz Hollinger, a lecturer in residence at UC Berkeley's School of Law, co-authored one of the amicus briefs supporting civil marriage for gay couples in California. Hollinger has followed the Prop. 8 case closely. She will be available for interviews after 2:30 p.m. PST.

Her most recent book is "Families by Law: An Adoption Reader" (2004). Hollinger is a leading American scholar on adoption law and practice, as well as on the psychosocial aspects of adoptive family relationships.

Contact Joan Heifetz Hollinger: or cell, (510) 435-9036.

b. Melissa Murray is an assistant professor of law and a scholar of family and criminal law who specializes in marriage law and alternative unions. She, along with Joan Hollinger and Herma Hill Kay, signed an amicus brief filed by a group of law professors supporting gay marriage.

Contact Melissa Murray: (510) 643-6127 or Law school

c. Herma Hill Kay, a law professor who co-authored an amicus brief with Joan Hollinger in support of civil marriage for gay couples. The brief argued that the California Legislature and courts had already determined that there was no meaningful difference between committed same-sex and opposite-sex couples, and had therefore extended full recognition and legal protections to same-sex partners and their children. Kay and Hollinger also joined an amicus brief arguing that even if Prop. 8 bans future gay marriages, the existing 18,000 marriages by same-sex couples will continue to be valid in California.

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