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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.
April 26, 2012 | By Morgan Little
More Americans are in favor of gay marriage, and more place the importance of gun owner rights above gun control, according to a new Pew Research Center poll . While support for gay marriage and gun owners is on the rise, that increase is one that bodes well for opposite ends of the political spectrum, providing mixed signals to those still complacent with the established social standards of the past decade and beyond. The question is, what does it mean for this year's elections?
November 12, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
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 | By Eryn Brown
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 | By David G. Savage
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.
April 30, 2013
Re "California, late to the altar," Editorial, April 26 Your editorial regarding the role of California in the race to recognize same-sex marriage omits what I believe to be the biggest catalyst of the changes taking place in the country. In 2004, then-San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom took the politically courageous action of ordering his city-county clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. His action began the entire cavalcade going on today and placed California at the forefront of this civil rights battle.
March 25, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
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.
February 11, 2013
In voting to legalize same-sex marriage, Britain's House of Commons has proved that a tradition-conscious society can also adapt to social change. Enactment of the legislation, which is also expected to pass the House of Lords after some additional action in the Commons, would put to shame politicians here in Britain's most powerful former colony who continue to resist the legalization of civil marriage for gay and lesbian couples. But it also demonstrates that support for marriage equality is compatible with conservative views on other issues, a reality Republicans in the United States should ponder.
March 26, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court begins hearing arguments in two cases that could become landmarks of American legal history: challenges to Proposition 8, the 2008 voter initiative that outlawed gay marriage in California, and to the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman. The final decision won't be announced for months, but there's quite a few books that offer insight into the Supreme Court and the issues of same-sex marriage to tide you over until then.
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