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December 23, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
The federal judge who threw out Utah's ban on same-sex marriages has refused a state request to block gay weddings while the matter is taken to a high court. U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby on Monday denied a request by the state that sought to bar gay weddings until the appeals process is completed. State officials are expected to seek action by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. The appellate court had refused to issue a stay Sunday, saying it would wait until Shelby ruled.
June 26, 2013 | By Shan Li, Adolfo Flores and Ricardo Lopez
On the day the Supreme Court handed two major victories to the gay rights movement, Rossmoor Pastries in Signal Hill put the finishing touches on a wedding cake celebrating gay marriage. The cake - creamy white topped with two same-sex couples kissing - is the first of many that owner Charles Feder anticipates baking as gay weddings resume in the Golden State. He expects gay wedding celebrations, along with future anniversary fetes and baby showers, to be a boon to his business. "When gay marriage was allowed previously in California, we did three or four [cakes]
June 28, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II and Maura Dolan
California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris will officiate the first same-sex wedding in the state Friday afternoon, shortly after a federal appeals court cleared the path for gay weddings to resume. At 4 p.m., a spokesman for the attorney general's office confirmed that Harris was about to begin officiating the marriage of Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, a Berkeley couple who were two of the four plaintiffs in the Supreme Court case decided this week.  "About to marry the #Prop8 plaintiffs Kristin Perry and Sandra Stier.
February 28, 2011
Although the federal courts expedited their handling of the lawsuit challenging Proposition 8, the issues are far from resolved. And now that the California Supreme Court has been asked to weigh in, the case could be delayed for another year or more. Enough already. Gay and lesbian couples should be allowed to wed while the case works its way through the system. The state Supreme Court was asked by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to rule on whether supporters of Proposition 8 have the right ?
July 25, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
The Big Apple raked in $275 million in economic benefits plus city revenues directly linked to New York state's decision to embrace gay marriage. “Marriage equality has made our city more open, inclusive and free -- and it has also helped to create jobs and support our economy,” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a news conference this week. New York legalized gay marriage in July 2011. Since then, more than 8,200 same-sex marriage licenses have been issued in New York City, about 10% of all marriage licenses issued in the city during that time, officials said.
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.
March 1, 2012 | By Ian Duncan
Cheers rang out in the marble hallway of the Maryland State House as Gov. Martin O'Malley signed a gay marriage law and handed the pens to gay members of the General Assembly who were gathered behind him. "For a free and diverse people, for a people of many faiths, for a people committed to the principle of religious freedom, the way forward is always found for the greater respect of the equal rights of all, for the human dignity of all," O'Malley said...
June 12, 2008 | PATT MORRISON
I haven't visited Bakersfield in a while, so I didn't have any inkling that the capital city of Kern County had turned into the West Hollywood of the Central Valley, a madcap gay mecca right there in the breadbasket of the Golden State. It must have, though, because Kern County's auditor-controller-clerk, Ann Barnett, has decided that, after Friday, she'll be locking the doors of the county's two civil wedding chapels. As she puts it, once same-sex couples can legally tie the knot in California, "we will not have the staff or space to deal with an increase in both licenses and ceremonies."
April 24, 2013 | By Tina Susman
Rhode Island took a step Wednesday toward becoming the 10th state to recognize gay marriage after the Senate passed a bill that could clear the way for same-sex weddings to begin this summer. The bill passed 26 to 12 after about 90 minutes of debate and is due to take effect Aug. 1, assuming nothing blocks what is seen as a routine vote in the House and the signature of Gov. Lincoln Chafee. Chafee, an independent, supports the legislation, and the House easily passed the bill in January.
November 9, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
Hawaii is poised to join the list of states to allow same-sex marriage after the state's House of Representatives on Friday night approved a bill legalizing such unions. Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie has said he would sign the bill, SB1. The state's Senate passed a similar bill, 20 to 4, late last month. The House vote culminated an extraordinary committee hearing in which 5,000 people signed up to testify on the bill. Most of the debate Friday centered on amendments that would broaden exemptions for churches and religious organizations that do not want to be involved in gay weddings.
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