April 3, 2013 | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Legal experts to analyze Prop 8, DOMA cases
Jonathan Capehart, gay news, Washington Blade

Jonathan Capehart (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Former Acting U.S. Solicitor General Walter Dellinger and nationally recognized LGBT rights attorney Paul M. Smith are scheduled to speak at a forum in D.C. on April 15 titled, “After the Arguments: DOMA and Prop 8.”

The D.C. chapter of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association and the Human Rights Campaign are hosting the event, which will take place from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the HRC building at 1640 Rhode Island Ave., N.W.

Commentator Jonathan Capehart of the Washington Post, who’s gay, will serve as moderator.

Dellinger argued numerous cases before the Supreme Court in his role as acting Solicitor General during the Clinton administration and argued additional cases before the high court during the past four years. Smith, who heads the Supreme Court Practice Division at the D.C. law firm Jenner and Block, successfully argued the Supreme Court case Lawrence v. Texas, which overturned state sodomy laws.

Organizers say the April 15 forum will analyze the arguments last week before the Supreme Court on the Prop 8 and DOMA cases and discuss the possible outcomes for both cases.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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