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Panelist, Discussion of Gay Marriage Cases before the Supreme Court, American University

Jenner & Block Partner Luke C. Platzer was a panelist at an American University discussion about two gay marriage cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.  Sponsored by the law school’s Lambda Law  Society, the March 26 event took place before some students went to hear the arguments for themselves.  Luke and other panelists evaluated both cases: U.S. v. Windsor, challenging the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, and Hollingsworth v. Perry, deciding whether California’s ban on gay marriage violates the 14th Amendment. 

In an American University press release on the event, Luke is quoted as observing that Perry is the tougher case.  “Clearly, intermediate scrutiny should apply and [marriage[ be [seen as] both a fundamental liberty and equally protected. I'm a little skeptical on the standing issue. While I have strong view about the merits, I'm not sure that they're properly before the Court,” he said.

Luke is a litigator who focuses primarily on intellectual property and regulatory issues relating to the Internet and other new media platforms.  In 2012, the National LGBT Bar Association recognized him as among the best LGBT lawyers under age 40.