July 23, 2008 |
LAPD Police Chief William J. Bratton has come out -- in favor of gay marriage. As a wedding gift to friend and celebrity publicist Howard Bragman and his longtime partner, Chuck O'Donnell, Bratton made it official: He and his wife, former Court TV diva Rikki Kleiman, strongly believe that gays have a right to marry.
July 7, 2008 |
Who knew? The legalization of gay marriage might make Californians happier. At least that's what a new study based on surveys of 350,000 people in nearly 100 countries suggests. No, the authors aren't gay activists, nor do they seem to be peddling any particular political agenda.
January 12, 2004 |
At a Mass dedicated to people in the legal field, Archbishop Sean P. O'Malley urged Catholic lawyers to oppose gay marriage, saying marriage and the family are under assault and attorneys need to help protect them. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled in November that same-sex couples have a right to marry, and gave the Legislature six months to pass a law that complies with the ruling.
December 27, 1994 |
John E. Boswell, a Yale historian who provoked debate with his research saying gay marriages during the Middle Ages were celebrated in the church, died Friday of the complications of AIDS. He was 47. Boswell drew national attention in June with his book "Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe," a study of more than 60 manuscripts from the Middle Ages. Boswell contended that homosexual marriages were well established in the medieval church. But Boswell's thesis was criticized by other scholars.
April 26, 2004 |
Gov. Mitt Romney's top legal counsel told the state's justices of the peace to resign if they were unwilling to preside over same-sex marriages next month. Daniel Winslow said in Boxboro that Romney expected the justices to comply with the law, even though the Republican governor opposes gay marriage and has sought to delay its court-ordered legalization May 17. "Gov.
July 18, 2008 |
Same-sex marriage is legal in two states, but not one will show up in the 2010 census. The Census Bureau says the federal Defense of Marriage Act bars the agency from recognizing gay marriages, even though such unions are legal in Massachusetts and California. The agency's director, Steven Murdock, said in an interview that the 1996 federal law "has that effect, in terms of being a federal agency. We are restricted by it." The Census Bureau does not ask people about their sexual orientation, but it does ask about their relationships to the head of the household.
May 6, 2009 |
A Greek court annulled Greece's only two same-sex marriages, officials said, following a furious backlash against the ceremonies from the government and religious leaders. The two couples -- one male, one female -- exploited a loophole in a 26-year-old law that did not specify gender in civil weddings, and were married last June by the mayor of the small Aegean Sea island of Tilos. The ceremonies drew the wrath of the powerful Orthodox Church of Greece, with one conservative bishop denouncing them as weddings of "humanoid couples."
March 13, 1996 |
State Sen. Ray Haynes says he believes in making his position on issues very clear. So when he responded to lesbian couples writing him about a same-sex marriage bill, he didn't stint on details. In explaining why he supports legislation barring recognition of same-sex matrimony, the conservative Riverside Republican gave his correspondents a paragraph-long lesson on the sperm and the egg.
June 18, 2011
The law barring federal recognition of gay marriages is increasingly being judged unsound. From a narrow perspective, the decision in a California bankruptcy case this week concerns only one married couple. Yet the expansive, strongly worded opinion against the Defense of Marriage Act, backed by the signatures of 20 of the 24 judges in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Central District of California, provides robust support for the increasingly common legal view that the federal law is unconstitutional.
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September 25, 1996 |
While the anti-gay marriage Defense of Marriage Act passed the Senate overwhelmingly on its way to being enacted into law, a law to prohibit discrimination in employment failed by a hair. On the surface, the votes make no sense.