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Media Advisory: Johns Hopkins Expert Available to Discuss Supreme Court Gay Marriage Decisions

June 26, 2013
Office: 443-287-9960
Cell: 443-547-8805

Andrew J. Cherlin, a Johns Hopkins University professor and an expert in the sociology of the families and public policy, is available to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court’s action today regarding the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8.

The Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, declaring unconstitutional a key aspect of the 1996 law that defined marriage as between a man and a woman for the purpose of federal benefits. The court also dismissed Prop 8, the successful 2008 California ballot measure that restricted the recognition of marriage to opposite-sex couples, clearing the way for same-sex marriages in California.

“These decisions affirm a historic shift in how Americans think about marriage,” Cherlin said. “It’s now mainly about love and companionship rather than being focused on children. Once that shift is made, it’s unjustifiable to withhold equal benefits from same-sex married couples.

“Having said that, the court issued a very narrow ruling in the California case that suggests they were reluctant to influence the law in other states.”

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Cherlin is the Benjamin H. Griswold III Professor of Public Policy, in the university’s Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. His most recent book is “The Marriage-Go-Round: The State of Marriage and the Family Today.” He has appeared in the New York Times, NPR, the Washington Post, CBS, Bloomberg and other news outlets.

To speak to Cherlin, contact Jill Rosen at 443-287-9960 (office), 443-547-8805 (cell) or jrosen@jhu.edu.



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