Over Fifty Leading Associations and Scholars File Amicus Brief in Iowa Same-Sex Marriage Case

March 28, 2008

In the same-sex marriage case pending before the Iowa Supreme Court, Cleary Gottlieb filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the American Sociological Association, the American Anthropological Association, the Center for Inquiry, and over fifty leading scholars on March 28, urging the court to affirm the lower court’s exclusion of defendants’ expert witnesses.

Defendants’ “experts” sought to testify to the effects same-sex marriage could have on children and families. The amici argue that the experts lacked any reliable methodology or relevant expertise, and offered what amounted to unsupported personal opinions.