Bloomberg BNA Publishes Akin Gump Article on the Defense of Marriage Act and the Right to Travel

Jason Steed, an associate in Akin Gump’s litigation practice, and Rex Heinke, a partner and co-head of the firm’s Supreme Court and appellate practice, wrote an article for Bloomberg BNA that examines the relevance of the constitutional right to travel as it pertains to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

In “Have Marriage, Will Travel,” first appearing in U.S. Law Week, Steed and Heinke trace the history of the right to travel in the United States, which originated with an 1869 Supreme Court decision. They note that DOMA inhibits the ability of same-sex couples, legally married in one state, to migrate (or travel) to another state that, under the act, can refuse to recognize their marriage.

The Supreme Court is due to hear arguments this month in two cases about the definition of marriage. Akin Gump has filed an amicus brief with Harvard Law School professor Vicki Jackson in one of them, United States v. Windsor.

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