Chris Geidner

Chris Geidner is the award-winning senior political writer at D.C.'s Metro Weekly, where he covers LGBT issues in the White House, Congress and courts. He has written for The Atlantic Online,, Salon and other publications, as well as, beginning in 2003, at his blog, Law Dork. Prior to moving to D.C. in 2009, he worked as an attorney in private and public practice after serving as Editor-in-Chief of the Ohio State Law Journal while in law school. In 2011, he received the Excellence in News Writing Award from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association for his coverage of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal.

Recent Articles

Standing on Principle

Marriage equality is an idea whose time has come. LGBT-rights advocates don't need to shut opponents out of the courts to get it.

(Flickr/Fritz Liess)
Ted Olson, the lead counsel of the American Foundation for Equal Rights' lawsuit seeking to overturn Proposition 8, California's 2008 initiative amending the state's constitution to ban same-sex couples from marrying, was at the podium. State Supreme Court Justice Ming Chin asked, "If the governor and attorney general do not defend, then no one can defend it?" After hedging and then getting some pushback from elsewhere on the bench, Olson replied, "Yes." Following the decision by U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker striking down Prop. 8 as unconstitutional a year ago, attention turned to whether there would be an appeal. Once the state officials named as defendants in the case -- including California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and then-state Attorney General Jerry Brown -- decided not to appeal the decision, the proponents of Prop. 8, represented in district court by Charles Cooper and members of the conservative Alliance Defense Fund, were left as the only party to defend the...