February 5, 2012
Washington state is promenading down a controversial aisle that's familiar to Californians after its Senate approved a bill last week legalizing same-sex marriage. The lower house and the governor are expected to approve the bill as well. But such civil rights victories can be fleeting, as Californians learned after a court decision legalizing gay marriage was overturned by Proposition 8 in 2008. A similar battle is looming in Washington, where opponents plan to gather signatures for a November ballot initiative declaring marriage to be reserved for opposite-sex couples only.
November 12, 2013 |
Hawaii's state Senate passed a same-sex marriage bill Tuesday, sending it to the governor. Gov. Neil Abercrombie has said he will sign the bill, which passed the Senate 19 to 4. It had already passed the state House. Now, same-sex marriage bills are awaiting the governor's signature in both Hawaii and Illinois. If both chief executives sign the measures, as expected, the total number of states permitting gay marriage would rise to 16. The District of Columbia also permits gay marriage.
June 26, 2013 |
In the hours after the U.S. Supreme Court handed down decisions in U.S. vs. Windsor and Hollingsworth vs. Perry, health groups chimed in support of the rulings -- and gay marriage. American Psychological Assn. president Donald Bersoff said in a statement Wednesday that the ruling in U.S. vs. Windsor, which in overturning a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act gives married gay couples equal access to the federal benefits that straight married couples receive, was "a triumph for social science and recognition of the basic dignity of all American citizens.
December 3, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court took no action Monday on the gay marriage cases pending on appeal, putting off a decision at least until Friday. The justices have a closed-door conference set for Friday morning, the last such meeting prior to the holiday recess. They have before them 10 appeals concerning gay marriage. One set of cases involves the Defense of Marriage Act and its provision denying federal benefits to legally married gay couples. That law has been challenged by same-sex couples in New England, New York and California and has been struck down by two U.S. appeals courts.
March 27, 2013 |
By now, you've probably seen your Facebook news feed flooded with pink equal signs in red squares. The Human Rights Campaign's marriage equality logo went viral Monday, with scores of users uploading the image as their profile pictures in a show of support. Almost as quickly, the logo became the subject of some creative spoofs, with people riffing off the color scheme and simple design. Top 10 must-have smartphone apps Our favorite derivatives so far: two strips of bacon replacing the equal sign; red velvet cake (with the white cream cheese layers representing the equal signs)
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March 25, 2013 |
Are gay marriage and abortion culturally equivalent? As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to take up one of the great civil rights issues of our day, many people wonder whether the court might move cautiously so as to avoid the social upheaval and spasms of violence unleashed by its famous 1973 decision legalizing abortion. What a terrible mistake that would be. Tuesday, we will get the chance to hear arguments in the California case over Prop. 8, which outlawed gay marriage in 2008.
May 13, 2012 |
Sen. Rand Paul, who Friday said that President Obama's views on gay marriage “couldn't get any gayer,” was sharply rebuked by an influential evangelical leader Sunday. Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, appearing on CBS' “Face the Nation” strongly disagreed with the Kentucky senator's choice of words. “I don't think this is something we should joke about,” Perkins said. “We are talking about individuals who feel very strongly one way or the other, and I think we should be civil, respectful, allowing all sides to have the debate....
February 17, 2012 |
The Maryland House of Delegates narrowly approved legalization of gay marriage late Friday, clearing the way for final passage next week and the expected signature of Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley. That would make Maryland the eighth state with a law on the books legalizing gay marriage, though it would have to survive an expected attempt to block it by referendum. In debate before the vote, Delegate Anne Kaiser, one of seven openly gay members of the House, said that she wanted, "Marriage.
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June 27, 2013 |
This post has been corrected. See the note below for details. The man who will soon replace Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl in a coastal council district offered a passionate defense Thursday of the neighborhood groups that fight large-scale development projects there. Councilman-elect Mike Bonin, who takes office July 1, called for people to “respect” residents who speak out against major construction projects on the Westside and elsewhere. Appearing at the Los Angeles Current Affairs Forum, Bonin voiced some skepticism about "transit-oriented development," the practice of placing large-scale residential projects, typically combined with stores and restaurants, next to rail stops.
May 9, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- President Obama's decision to embrace gay marriage may add a political complication to his reelection bid, but it is also unleashing a wave of new financial support from gay and lesbian donors who were already major backers of his candidacy. “Today has focused attention and enthusiasm in an almost cathartic way,” said Andrew Tobias, treasurer of the Democratic National Committee and a top bundler for Obama. “Within minutes, people were calling with their credit cards.