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    Williams Institute Scholar Testifies at Constitutional Court of Colombia

    By Nan Hunter
    July 2015

    On July 30, Prof. Nan Hunter, Associate Dean at Georgetown Law and Williams Institute Distinguished Scholar, testified at the Constitutional Court in Bogota, Columbia. An expert on matrimonial law, Hunter was invited to testify at a hearing to decide whether to extend equal marriage rights to same-sex couples.

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    Update: Economic Motives for Adopting LGBT-Related Workplace Policies

    By Brad Sears, Christy Mallory
    October 2011

    Ninety-eight percent of the country’s largest companies now prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and nearly 85 percent prohibit discrimination based on gender identity. The study also finds that 86 percent of the top 50 federal contractors prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and over 60 percent prohibit discrimination based on gender identity. Combined, these contractors represent 48 percent of all contracting dollars awarded by the federal government—over $218 billion in spending.

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    An Executive Order to Prevent Discrimination Against LGBT Workers

    By Lee Badgett, Crosby Burns, Nan D. Hunter, Jeff Krehely, Christy Mallory, and Brad Sears
    February 2013

    Research indicates that a federal executive order, prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating based on sexual orientation and gender identity, would have a positive impact on workers, businesses, and the federal government. Federal law currently provides no protection for LGBT workers despite high documented rates of discrimination and harassment.

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    The Future Impact of Same-Sex Marriage: More Questions Than Answers

    By Nan D. Hunter
    October 2012

    The greatest potential for changes in the social meaning of marriage will arise in three areas for which there is empirical evidence of significant differences between gay and straight couples: division of household labor, sexual exclusivity & childrearing. While the number of same-sex couples in the population is too small to produce significant change in overall patterns of behavior, the issue of gay marriage has generated so much attention and debate that a mixed process of gay assimilation to and effect on the social meaning of marriage is a reasonable expectation.

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    Evidence of Persistent and Pervasive Workplace Discrimination Against LGBT People: The Need for Federal Legislation Prohibiting Discrimination and Providing for Equal Employment Benefits

    By Jennifer Pizer, Christy Mallory, Brad Sears, Nan Hunter
    June 2012

    Millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workers remain vulnerable to employment discrimination absent further federal protections against sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination.

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    The Relationship between the EEOC’s Decision that Title VII Prohibits Discrimination Based on Gender Identity and the Enforcement of Executive Order 11246

    By Nan D. Hunter, Christy Mallory, and Brad Sears
    May 2012

    New analysis finds that a recent ruling from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that gender identity discrimination is unlawful will likely be extended to federal contractors.

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    Animus Thick and Thin: The Broader Impact of the Ninth Circuit Decision in Perry v. Brown

    By Nan D. Hunter
    March 2012

    The major contribution of the Perry decision is to illuminate the meaning of animus, a term that is sharply contested in Equal Protection jurisprudence, and to explicate its relationship to standards of review. The Ninth Circuit holds that evidence of animosity toward a disfavored group triggers a heightened rational basis standard of review. The Court of Appeals in Perry also takes a new perspective on how courts should assess the validity of popularly enacted initiatives such as Proposition 8. For both proponents and opponents of popular constitutionalism, the gay marriage debates raise the question of whether voters or courts should get the last word in a constitutional democracy when they take polar opposite positions on a minority rights issue.

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    Written Testimony: S.598, The Respect for Marriage Act: Assessing the Impact of DOMA on American Families

    By M.V. Lee Badgett, Ilan H. Meyer, Gary J. Gates, Nan D. Hunter, Jennifer C. Pizer, Brad Sears
    July 2011

    Submitted to the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary for its Hearing on “S.598, The Respect for Marriage Act: Assessing the Impact of DOMA on American Families,” this written testimony summarizes demographic data about same-sex couples and the serious financial, legal, social and health consequences of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) for them and their families.

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    Documenting Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in State Employment

    By Brad Sears, Nan D. Hunter, Christy Mallory
    September 2009

    This report finds that there is a widespread and persistent pattern of unconstitutional discrimination by state governments on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, and there is no meaningful difference in the pattern and scope of employment discrimination against LGBT people by state governments compared to the private sector and other public sector employers.

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    Nan D. Hunter, Legal Scholarship Director

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