On June 26, 2015 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Obergefell v. Hodges, legalizing same-sex marriage in all fifty states. We at FMC were among those celebrating this step forward for equality and civil rights.
Last month, we let you know about a new bill introduced in the House of Representatives that would amend the Copyright Act to treat all married couples equally. Now Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), has introduced a version of this bill in the Senate, where he serves as chair of the Judiciary Committee. His rationale: “Artists are the creative lifeblood of our nation, and our laws should protect their families equally.”
On October 6, 2014, the Supreme Court made headlines by declining to hear several cases where federal appeals courts had upheld same-sex marriage rights on constitutional grounds, effectively making marriage equality the law of the land in several more states. On Tuesday, the 9th Circuit federal appeals court followed suit by rejecting same-sex marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada. But despite all these quickly moving changes, there are a still a number of federal laws that have yet to be updated to ensure that the federal government treats same-sex marriages equally. One proposed update is of particular interest to musicians, songwriters, and other creative professionals.