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August 4, 2010 | By Maura Dolan and Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
The federal judge who overturned Proposition 8 Wednesday said the ballot initiative that banned same-sex marriage was based on moral disapproval of gay marriage and ordered the state to stop enforcing the ban. U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker, in a 136-page ruling, said California "has no interest in differentiating between same-sex and opposite-sex unions." "The evidence shows conclusively that moral and religious views form the only basis for a belief that same-sex couples are different from opposite-sex couples," Walker wrote.
August 5, 2010 | Lee Romney and Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
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 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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.
January 11, 2010 | By David G. Savage
The U.S. Supreme Court, acting on an appeal from conservative defenders of California's ban on same-sex marriage, overruled a federal judge in San Francisco today and blocked video coverage of the trial on YouTube. In a brief order, the justices said they were halting the move by U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker "permitting real-time streaming" of the trial, "except as it permits streaming to other rooms within the confines of the courthouse in which the trial is to be held." "Any additional order permitting broadcast of the proceedings is also stayed pending further order of this court," the justices said.
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 | Times Wire Reports
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.
January 30, 2009 | Jessica Garrison
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 19, 2006 | From Reuters
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.
September 10, 2010 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
A federal judge in Riverside on Thursday declared the U.S. military's ban on openly gay service members unconstitutional, saying the "don't ask, don't tell" policy violates the 1st Amendment and due process rights of lesbians and gay men. U.S. District Judge Virginia A. Phillips said the policy does not preserve military readiness, contrary to what Justice Department attorneys and many supporters have argued, because evidence shows that the policy...
November 8, 2012 | By Maura Dolan and Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times
Four years ago, opponents of gay marriage celebrated a winning streak, having persuaded California voters to end marriage rights for gays. If courts or legislatures bowed to the pro-marriage forces, the opposition figured it could just go to the ballot box to restore marriage bans. But all that changed Tuesday, when gay marriage supporters succeeded in the four states where the question was on the ballot. Until then, voters had consistently opposed marriage rights, most recently in May in North Carolina.
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