Thank you to all of our speakers, presenters, panelists, sponsors, volunteers and attendees who made the 2011 MCLE Spectacular extra special! Below are some pictures and video of our plenary speakers: Professor Jesse Choper, California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye in conversation with CCCBA President Kathy Schofield, and Judge Vaughn Walker (ret.).
Since Massachusetts became the first state to legalize marriages of same-sex couples in May, 2004, same-sex unions have remained a hotly divided topic throughout the United States. As seen in the articles and charts, although there has been substantial progress in the legitimizing of same-sex unions, there still is much confusion and a long way to go. Not only are there strongly held societal views on the subject, but the subject is made more complex because of a myriad of federal and state laws, many of which are conflicting, and even the weighing in on the subject by a Proposition of the citizens.
When the California Supreme Court heard oral argument in Perry v. Brown on September 6, it seemed like déjà vu all over again. For the third time in four years, the court was considering the continuing fight for equality being waged by same-sex couples seeking the right to marry. Whatever the court’s ruling on the question of standing that was before it, the legal battles will continue until the United States Supreme Court has the final word. How the highest court will rule is not at all certain – and the rollercoaster ride will continue until that decision is announced.
As the constitutionality of Proposition 8 and same-sex marriage continues to work its way through our legal system, attorneys with real estate, family law, probate and civil litigation practices regularly encounter clients seeking legal advice or representation related to the co-ownership of real property by same sex couples. As with heterosexual relationships, breakup or death are the two possible endings for homosexual relationships. The manner in which property is held affects the outcome of co-owned property between same-sex couples, just as it does with opposite-sex couples.