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February 2, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A state appeals court ruled that valid same-sex marriages performed in other states or countries must be recognized in New York, the first known ruling of its kind in the country, a rights group said. "This is a victory for families, it's a victory for fairness and it's a victory for human rights," said Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union. The case was brought by two women who were married in Canada and sought spousal benefits from a Rochester community college where one was employed.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- The Marin County Republican Party has endorsed same-sex marriage in one of the first votes of its kind in the country. “This is our opportunity to redefine ourselves to the people of Marin County," said Kevin Krick, chairman of the local party. “We wanted to demonstrate that we are inclusive.” The Marin County Republicans held the vote at their monthly meeting on Thursday. Local party organizations are autonomous, and the vote does not change the state or national Republican Party's opposition to same-sex marriage.
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NATIONAL
May 29, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Gov. David Paterson has told state agencies to recognize gay marriages performed where the unions are legal, including California and Maryland. Agencies, including those governing insurance and healthcare, must immediately change policies and regulations to ensure "spouse," "husband" and "wife" are clearly understood to include gay couples, according to a memo sent this month from the governor's counsel. Gay marriage is not legal in New York, and the state's highest court, the Court of Appeals, has said it can only be legalized by the Legislature.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 2013 | By Chris Megerian and Joseph Serna
SAN FRANCISCO - The crowds come every year, lining Market Street to dance, wave rainbow flags and cheer on the city's gay pride parade. But revelers celebrated with renewed exuberance Sunday, thrilled by last week's U.S. Supreme Court decision that paved the way for gay marriage to begin again in California. "Where else would you want to be?" said Sarah Heinen, 20, who scaled a lamppost clutching a flag in her teeth to watch her first parade. Pride veterans said the crowd was louder and happier than usual, and probably even bigger, surpassing the typical turnout of 1 million people.
WORLD
June 29, 2005 | Maggie Farley and Christopher Guly, Special to The Times
Canada's House of Commons passed landmark legislation Tuesday to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide. Prime Minister Paul Martin, a Roman Catholic who personally struggled with the issue, advocated it as a crucial protection for human rights, despite the country's deep divisions over the matter. "We are a nation of minorities," Martin said. "And in a nation of minorities, it is important that you don't cherry-pick rights. A right is a right, and that is what this vote tonight is all about."
WORLD
October 3, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The Vatican's top official for family issues decried as a "sad step" the Spanish government's proposal to allow homosexuals to marry and adopt children. The remarks by Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillov kept up Pope John Paul II's campaign against gay marriage. Spain's Cabinet proposed the measure Friday.
NATIONAL
July 14, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A judge threw out charges against two Unitarian Universalist ministers for officiating at the weddings of 13 gay couples. New Paltz Town Justice Judith Reichler dismissed the charges against the Revs. Kay Greenleaf and Dawn Sangrey, declaring that the state had displayed an antigay bias. The judge also sharply questioned the constitutionality of the state's gay-marriage ban.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2006 | Lee Romney, Times Staff Writer
In a preview of California's looming court battle over same-sex marriage, scores of religious, civil rights and conservative groups filed briefs on both sides of the issue. Filing in support of the right of gays and lesbians to marry was a broad coalition of more than 250 organizations -- including the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, women's groups and Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist leaders.
NATIONAL
June 28, 2003 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court's decision upholding gay civil rights leads logically -- and some say, inevitably -- to same-sex marriages in the United States, say both gay rights supporters and advocates of traditional family structures. The two sides in this "culture war" find themselves in agreement on what Thursday's decision means. By a 6-3 vote, the court struck down laws criminalizing sex between gays and described their relationships as a "personal bond" that is protected by the Constitution.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 15, 2009 | Associated Press
Elton John won't be able to adopt a 14-month-old HIV-positive child from Ukraine because the pop star is too old and isn't married, the government said Monday. Adoption and gay rights advocates expressed regret about the determination by Family, Youth and Sports Minister Yuriy Pavlenko, while a children's charity had reservations about John's weekend announcement that he and his male partner, David Furnish, wanted to adopt the boy. John announced his desire after meeting the boy, named Lev, while touring an orphanage Saturday as part of an anti-AIDS charity project.
BUSINESS
September 20, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
A day after a Chicago official said Chick-fil-A would stop giving money to anti-gay marriage groups, the fast-food chain issued a statement saying that “for many months now” its corporate donations have “been mischaracterized.” In the statement , the Atlanta-based company said that while its “sincere intent has been to remain out of this political and social debate,” it keeps getting dragged back in. On Wednesday, Chicago Alderman...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 2012 | By Anh Do, Los Angeles Times
They called him words so vile that he wondered if they were taking some perverse pleasure in taunting him. The slurs rang out each time he left or came home to the south Orange County condo he shared with his partner, reaching the point where he thought about just giving up and moving. "They were destroying my life ... with the worst experience of my life," said the Laguna Niguel resident, who asked to go by the initials D.P. to protect his identity. The nine-month barrage of homophobic heckling, ending when the homeowners association finally forced his neighbors to leave, is part of the statistics in the county's latest hate crime report, which - after years of decline - shows an upswing.
OPINION
August 13, 2010
As California and the United States struggle with the issue of same-sex marriage at the polls and in courtrooms, Latin America is moving more broadly toward acceptance of this basic human right. Last month, Argentina became the first nation in the region to legalize such marriages, granting wedded gay and lesbian couples the same legal rights, responsibilities and protections as heterosexuals. Following suit, senators from the opposition Socialist Party in Chile introduced a bill proposing to remove the "man and woman" clause from the marriage law there.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 2010 | By Maura Dolan and Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
As lawyers last year prepared for the federal case that would challenge California's ban on gay marriage, U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker told both sides that he saw his role as a finder of facts who could produce a record that would inform higher courts grappling with constitutional matters. The ruling he released Wednesday declaring the ban unconstitutional reflected that inclination. Although other rulings on gay marriage have emphasized legal theory, Walker's 136-page decision leaned heavily on findings of fact based on the testimony he heard during a 13-day trial in January.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 15, 2009 | Associated Press
Elton John won't be able to adopt a 14-month-old HIV-positive child from Ukraine because the pop star is too old and isn't married, the government said Monday. Adoption and gay rights advocates expressed regret about the determination by Family, Youth and Sports Minister Yuriy Pavlenko, while a children's charity had reservations about John's weekend announcement that he and his male partner, David Furnish, wanted to adopt the boy. John announced his desire after meeting the boy, named Lev, while touring an orphanage Saturday as part of an anti-AIDS charity project.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 2009 | Duke Helfand
Progressives in the Episcopal Church were on the verge of claiming another victory Wednesday as leaders endorsed the creation of blessing liturgies for same-sex unions one day after they ended a de facto ban on the ordination of gay bishops. The action by bishops at the church's General Convention in Anaheim left conservatives with little to celebrate. They said the twin measures would further divide the 2.
OPINION
August 11, 2004
As an avid Kerry supporter, I was extremely disappointed to read in The Times that Sen. John Kerry stated he would have voted for Missouri's same-sex marriage ban (Aug. 7). In 1955, Rosa Parks sparked a national debate on civil rights, which ultimately caused the U.S. Supreme Court to outlaw segregation on city buses. Black people gained the right to sit at the front of the bus. If the Supreme Court had mandated: "Blacks will have the same rights, but on separate buses. They will not be called buses.
OPINION
August 13, 2010
As California and the United States struggle with the issue of same-sex marriage at the polls and in courtrooms, Latin America is moving more broadly toward acceptance of this basic human right. Last month, Argentina became the first nation in the region to legalize such marriages, granting wedded gay and lesbian couples the same legal rights, responsibilities and protections as heterosexuals. Following suit, senators from the opposition Socialist Party in Chile introduced a bill proposing to remove the "man and woman" clause from the marriage law there.
NATIONAL
February 20, 2009 | Manya A. Brachear and Margaret Ramirez
A task force of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America recommended Thursday that its leaders officially recognize same-sex unions and allow gays in committed relationships to serve as clergy. At the same time, the task force asked members of the church to respect congregations and synods that disagree because they believe such actions would violate Scripture. If approved, the measures would change church policy, which allows ordination of gay clergy but requires them to be celibate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 2008 | Jessica Garrison, Garrison is a Times staff writer.
The bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles has announced that church leaders can bless the unions of same-sex couples as a matter of policy. The Rt. Rev. J. Jon Bruno, whose diocese encompasses Los Angeles County and five other Southern California counties, made the announcement Friday during a diocesan convention in Riverside.
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