Thursday, July 18, 2013

Law Professor at Marquette University "Celebrates" the DOMA Decision

Hopefully more faculty at Catholic institutions will speak out in favor of marriage equality.

Irene Ten Cate
Irene Ten Cate is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Marquette. She has an interesting international bio. In addition to more than six years at Skadden Arps, she interned with the Secretariat of the ICC Court of International Arbitration in Paris and worked as a corporate associate in the Brussels office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. Professor Ten Cate received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, and an LL.B. degree from the University of Amsterdam.

Writing in the university's faculty blog she concludes with:
For supporters of marriage equality, including myself, DOMA’s partial demise is a cause for celebration. But the Act’s trajectory should also offer occasion for introspection, especially for those whose views have “evolved” over time. How many of us were outraged by DOMA before marriage equality became a popular cause? Why did it take quite a few of us several years to see the hatefulness of DOMA that seems so obvious now? If the reason is that we didn’t pay attention, is that simply another way of saying we were indifferent? And, perhaps the most important question: Which unpopular groups are currently suffering as a result of marginalization or discrimination without the rest of us caring or even noticing?
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