Uncoupling sex and intimacy

A recent article by Laura Rosenbury, JD, professor of law, examines laws governing child custody, sex toys and off-hours affairs. All are the result of legal rulings from a Supreme Court decision once expected to broaden sexual rights, Rosenbury writes in the article “Sex In and Out of Intimacy,” published in July in the Emory Law Journal.

Massachusetts Supreme Court took bold step on same-sex marriage, but ruling was outcome of ‘contemporary legal developments’

The recent ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court allowing same-sex marriages relied on the state constitution’s guarantees of both individual liberty and equality to conclude that no rational basis supports the exclusion of same-sex couples from civil marriage and its benefits, according to Susan Appleton, a family law expert at Washington University in St. Louis. “Although the court took a bold step, the outcome follows unremarkably from a number of contemporary legal developments,” says Appleton, the Lemma Barkeloo & Phoebe Couzins Professor of Law.