CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 1996
Re "Senate OKs Bill Against Same-Sex Marriages," Sept. 11: Although the Senate votes on the Defense of Marriage Act and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act were no real surprise, there's no celebration due from the fundamentalist religious right. Although this divisive, unnecessary, gay-bashing, vote-getting ploy on their part succeeded, the greatest effect, by far, is the recognition of gays as a reality in this country. Never before, with the possible exception of the gays-in-the-military issue, have gay issues been at the forefront of discussion and debate--in Congress, statehouses and the media.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2008 |
Acting Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan on Tuesday told county supervisors that his office would be ready to perform same-sex marriages June 16. That is the earliest date on which the state Supreme Court's ruling allowing such marriages could take effect. Logan said he would extend the corps of volunteers needed to officiate at marriages and would seek to open new offices to facilitate the ceremonies. "We expect that when the decision goes into effect that there will be an initial peak in the volume of people coming into our office," he said.
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.
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.
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.
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.