CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 2013 |
The now-infamous mural of brightly colored monster characters on the wall outside singer Chris Brown's Hollywood Hills home is gone and has been painted over. The mural first set off a storm of controversy in Brown's neighborhood when some residents complained about the 8-foot-tall figures and Brown was given a citation by the city. The citation was issued over "unpermitted and excessive signage" on Brown's home. His attorney appealed but to no avail, according to reports. An E!
March 1, 2012 |
Cheers rang out in the marble hallway of the Maryland State House as Gov. Martin O'Malley signed a gay marriage law, before handing off the pens to gay members of the General Assembly gathered around 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," the...
July 25, 2012 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 2013 |
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.
June 2, 2008 |
Forget economic stimulus checks. Same-sex marriages may give California just the financial boost it needs. Wedding planners, bakers and hotels began booking more business almost immediately after the state Supreme Court's May 15 decision overturning a ban on gay marriage. Citing pent-up demand, one UCLA study projects that same-sex unions could provide a $370-million shot in the arm to the state economy over the next three years.
December 19, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Frank Schaefer had prepared for the worst, but his voice shook Thursday as he described how it felt to be defrocked by the United Methodist Church after he refused to comply with its law against same-sex marriage. "I guess I took it harder than I thought I would," Schaefer said shortly after a private meeting in which church officials demanded that the pastor from Lebanon, Pa., surrender his credentials. "I was prepared for it, but it's traumatic. " Schaefer, who officiated at his son's marriage to another man in 2007, appealed, setting the stage for a drawn-out battle over an issue that has put the United Methodist Church at odds with some of its clergy and with public attitudes toward same-sex marriage.
November 14, 2013 |
A judge refused Thursday to block implementation of Hawaii's new gay-marriage law in court Thursday morning, clearing the way for the state to issue its first-same sex wedding licenses. Hawaii Rep. Bob McDermott had asked for a temporary restraining order to delay any marriages until the court can rule on whether the law conflicts with a 1998 constitutional amendment that gave the Legislature the power to limit marriages to those between a...
March 1, 2012 |
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 |
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."
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 ?