Pavan v. Smith

A state cannot refuse to list two same sex spouses as the two parents on their child’s birth certificate.  Obergefell v. Hodges (2015) 135 S.Ct. 2584 prohibits states from denying same sex couples the rights, benefits and responsibilities of marriage allowed to opposite sex couples.  This decision holds that the decision bars Arkansas from refusing…

Fowler Packing Co., Inc. v. Lanier

The Legislature violated two employers’ right to equal protection by carving them out of an exemption it granted all other employers from retroactive liability for certain minimum wage violations; avoiding the United Farmworkers Union’s opposition to the legislation was not a rational basis for treating the two employers differently.  Responding to recent appellate decisions that…