CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 2010 |
Octogenarian Phyllis Lyon and her lifelong partner Del Martin were the first same-sex couple to be married in San Franciso City Hall in February 2004 in a private ceremony that opened the floodgates to thousands more weddings and multiple court battles. Although Martin died four years later, Lyon was able to witness the landmark federal court ruling Wednesday striking down Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriages. She had three words for U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker: "Bless his heart."
February 7, 1997 |
Hawaii's Senate called for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriages while approving a new law that would give gay and lesbian couples many of the benefits of married heterosexuals. The first bill would allow Hawaiians to vote in 1998 on a constitutional amendment giving the state the power to approve only opposite-sex marriages, as long as the marriage laws don't discriminate on the basis of gender.
February 16, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - The legal campaign for marriage equality is picking up speed, moving at a pace that has surprised even longtime advocates and increasing the likelihood of a definitive Supreme Court test as early as next year. Efforts by some lawyers to plan a careful strategy for which cases to push forward to the high court have largely been put aside amid a rush of lower-court rulings striking down bans on same-sex marriage. The most recent came Thursday in Virginia, the first such ruling in the South.
February 25, 2004
Under the false guise of "protecting marriage," President Bush said Tuesday he supported a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. The reality is that a ban on same-sex marriage, just like former bans on mixed-race marriage, would not provide heterosexual marriages any protection. One can only wonder why President Bush feels so threatened by legal recognition of a loving relationship between two same-sex people. The thing that Bush should truly find "deeply troubling" is the possibility that he will preside over the establishment of the only amendment to our great nation's Constitution that discriminates against a minority, unfairly depriving it of benefits that are enjoyed by the majority.
October 2, 2009 |
A judge has cleared the way for two Dallas men to get a divorce, ruling that the state's ban on same-sex marriage violates the constitutional guarantee to equal protection under the law. District Judge Tena Callahan ruled that the court had jurisdiction to hear the case even though the marriage was performed elsewhere. Texas Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott argued that because the state doesn't recognize same-sex marriage, its courts can't dissolve one through divorce. Voters approved a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in 2005.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2009 |
A federal judge Thursday denied a request by Proposition 8 supporters to withhold disclosing any more names and addresses of donors who supported the campaign for the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Yes on 8 campaign officials had challenged the constitutionality of the state's Political Reform Act, saying that people who gave money were being harassed and that some received death threats. The act, passed in 1974, requires campaigns to reveal personal information of people who give more than $100 to campaigns.
May 30, 2012 |
Illinois on Wednesday became the newest battleground in the nation's fight over gay marriage, with the filing of lawsuits seeking to legalize same-sex marriage in the state. The suits, brought on behalf of more than two dozen gay and lesbian couples, were filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois and the New York advocacy group Lambda Legal, a spokesman for the latter group said by telephone. Lambda represents 16 of the couples. The couples seek to overturn Illinois' ban on same-sex marriage.
May 19, 2006 |
A Senate panel advanced a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage Thursday as the committee chairman shouted "good riddance" to a Democrat who walked out of the tense session. "If you want to leave, good riddance," Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) told Sen. Russell D. Feingold (D-Wis.), who refused to participate because, he said, the meeting was not sufficiently open to the public. "I've enjoyed your lecture too. See you later, Mr.
March 26, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court asked skeptical questions Tuesday of former Reagan administration lawyer Charles J. Cooper about his assertion that California's ban on gay marriage should be upheld. Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. questioned Cooper as to whether his clients had standing to challenge lower court decisions overturning Proposition 8. Justice Anthony Kennedy, seen as the swing vote on the issue, asked about the rights of children whose parents are already married.
February 26, 2014 |
HOUSTON - A federal judge in deeply conservative Texas overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage Wednesday, saying the prohibition is unconstitutional and stigmatizes gay couples, a ruling that gay rights advocates say adds significant momentum to their push for the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the issue. Texas is the largest state and one of several conservative states, including Oklahoma and Virginia, where judges have recently struck down bans on same-sex marriage. In Texas and elsewhere, judges have stayed their rulings pending appeals, meaning that same-sex couples will not be legally exchanging vows any time soon.