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Bender interviewed by KPNX on same-sex marriage
, Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus, was interviewed by 12 News on Tuesday, March 26, during coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court’s impending decision regarding same-sex marriage.
The Court heard arguments for and against California’s Proposition 8, the bill that was passed in 2008, denying marriage to same-sex couples statewide. On Wednesday, the Court heard arguments concerning the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which denies federal benefits to married same-sex couples.
“If the court holds the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional because you can’t discriminate against gay couples, that would mean that Arizona’s ban on same-sex marriage would be unconstitutional,” Bender said.
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Bender teaches courses on U.S. and Arizona constitutional law, and has written extensively about constitutional law, intellectual property and Indian law. He has argued more than 20 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, and actively participates in constitutional litigation in federal and state courts.