LGBT Legal Column: Reader Survey Results

Which of the following LGBT legal issues would you most like to read about?

More than 75 % of respondents chose same-sex marriage, politics, the Defense of Marriage Act, and LGBT legal developments not in the news. Same-sex marriage and DOMA are the most significant civil rights issues facing our community at this moment, so it makes sense that these issues are on everybody's minds. I will continue to address these legal issues, in addition to politics, legislation, and elections affecting the LGBT community. I am also adding ENDA to this list.

That is not to say that the other topics are not important. This year looks to be even more of a whirlwind than 2011, so as issues come up, I will do my best to analyze them for you.

Notably, there were quite a few comments about my decision to use the phrase "same-sex marriage" instead of just "marriage" or "marriage equality." That issue is more fascinating that most people realize, so expect a future column about the words we use in our fights for civil rights.

What kind of legal posts would you like to see?

This question asked about format rather than substance, and about two-thirds of respondents preferred the current format of written legal analyses of ongoing issues and cases. I will continue to make this the bread-and-butter of Towleroad's legal column. That said, I have been trying to find opportunities for video blogs for interviews or debates with leading LGBT lawyers. It is important for the community to know the advocates leading the charge, so since 31 % percent of you were interested in these interviews/debates, I will do my best to make them engaging through various formats, whether video or written. Look forward to interviews with legal iconoclasts fighting the good fight.


Ari Ezra Waldman is a 2002 graduate of Harvard College and a 2005 graduate of Harvard Law School. After practicing in New York for five years and clerking at a federal appellate court in Washington, D.C., Ari is now on the faculty at California Western School of Law in San Diego, California. His research focuses on gay rights and the First Amendment. Ari will be writing weekly posts on law and various LGBT issues.

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