Author Archives: Brenda Feigen

Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Hearing — Up Close Part II

Post Image

As I got close to the Court on my way to the DOMA hearing, I was greeted with big, ugly posters with Hate Fag language.  Soon, I did see our people, and they took up all the rest of the street.  A large press area was cordoned off.  Once inside the Gallery, I saw a […]

Read More

Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Hearing — Up Close

Post Image

My feelings are full & complex after today in the Prop 8 hearing.  Since they started with Chief Justice Roberts interrupting the Proponents’ lawyer, Cooper – barely a sentence in – to say he wanted to hear about whether they even had standing to  bring the case, there was a full-throated bombardment from virtually every […]

Read More

Here's to the 9th Circuit

Post Image

 Prop 8 — and the narrow approach ahead

Read More

Lesbians and Gays Finally Have the Right to Marry; Faith in Reason Returns

Post Image

Yesterday was a very big day for gays and lesbians and Americans, in general. And I was out celebrating at a rally in West Hollywood at which the Prop 8 plaintiffs’ lawyers, David Boies and Ted Olson, appeared. So it was a late night, and I hope what I say here is coherent and conveys […]

Read More

DOMA Is Unconstitutional: An Authoritative Opinion

Post Image

Lawyer Brenda Feigen takes a close look at the federal Defense of Marriage Act … and doesn’t like what she sees.

Read More

Brenda Feigen: Second-Class All the Way

Post Image

Notes from a worn-down but still hopeful civil rights lawyer …

Read More

Who Is (Not) Passing the Buck on Gay Rights? by Brenda Feigen

Post Image

From Prop 8 to DOMA and Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Brenda Feigen makes sense of the latest in the ever-changing legalities of the gay/lesbian world.

Read More

Does Prop 8 Decision Prove ‘California Supreme Court Lost Its Way’?

Post Image

Brenda Feigen is outraged at the ease with which the California Constitution can be amended to take rights away.

Read More

Why ‘Milk’ Matters: The Proposition 8 Battle Continues

Post Image

  Editor’s Note: Brenda Feigen is Counsel to Kenoff & Machtinger, LLP, where she practices anti-discrimination and entertainment law. A graduate of Harvard Law School, she co-founded Ms. Magazine with Gloria Steinem and directed with (now Justice) Ruth Bader Ginsburg the Women’s Rights Project of the ACLU. Her memoir, Not One of the Boys: Living […]

Read More

Proposition 8 Battle Just The Beginning For Gay Marriage Rights

Post Image

None of us quite realized that the passage of Proposition 8 would become such a watershed moment. My spouse Joanne and I were domestic partners until July 4th, when we finally married under California’s recently approved same-sex marriage law. We’ve been together for 16 years, so it seems like the obvious thing to do, but […]

Read More