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SCIENCE
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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
Would Ronald Reagan have supported gay marriage? His daughter, Patti Davis, thinks so. She told the New York Times in an interview that, growing up in California her family had close relationships with and accepted gay couples. “I grew up in this era where your parents' friends were all called aunt and uncle,” Davis told the paper. “And then I had an aunt and an aunt. We saw them on holidays and other times.” She added, “We never talked about it, but I just understood that they were a couple.” According to the New York Times: Davis "offered several reasons her father, who would have been 102 this year, would have bucked his party on the issue: his distaste for government intrusion into private lives, his Hollywood acting career and close friendship with a lesbian couple who once cared for Ms. Davis and her younger brother Ron while their parents were on a Hawaiian vacation - and slept in the Reagans' king-size bed. " She also said that when Reagan once saw Rock Hudson kill a woman on screen, he told her the closeted gay star “would rather be kissing a man.” Davis' comments come as the U.S. Supreme Court is deciding the fate of Proposition 8, California's ban on gay marriage.
NEWS
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?
NATIONAL
December 19, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
The Rev. Frank Schaefer, who officiated at his son's gay marriage, was defrocked Thursday by the United Methodist church after he refused to change his position on gay marriage. Schaefer, of Lebanon, Pa., was suspended last month for violating church policy on same-sex marriage. A church jury gave him 30 days to change his position or face being defrocked. The Methodist  church accepts gay parishioners, but rejects the practice of homosexuality and same-sex marriage. On Thursday, the end of the 30-day period, Schaefer met with the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Board of Ordained Ministry and said he was unwilling to change his position and refused to voluntarily surrender his ministerial credentials.
NATIONAL
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.
NATIONAL
September 27, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Nearly two out of three Latino Catholics think gay and lesbian couples should be able to legally marry, a new survey shows - even though nearly half think that sex between such couples is wrong. The findings from the nonprofit Public Religion Research Institute, which surveyed more than 1,500 Latino adults across the country, reveal the sometimes surprising ways that faith shapes opinions about same sex marriage and abortion among Latinos as they become more religiously diverse. Among Latinos, Catholics are more likely than Protestants to support same-sex marriage and legalized abortion, the survey showed.
NEWS
November 3, 2011 | By David Lauter, Washington Bureau
Public acceptance of same-sex marriage has grown at an accelerating pace, with approval jumping by nine percentage points in the past two years and the nation now evenly divided on the issue, according to a new Pew Research Center survey released Thursday. The poll, conducted in late September and early October, showed 46% of Americans surveyed support legalizing same-sex marriage and 44% are opposed. The survey among 2,410 adults has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.
NEWS
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.
OPINION
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.
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