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NATIONAL
July 24, 2011 | By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times
Hundreds of gay and lesbian couples began tying the knot in New York early Sunday as the law making it the sixth state to recognize same-sex marriages took effect. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier online version of this article incorrectly stated that 840 same-sex couples had applied for a lottery to be wed Sunday in New York City at the City Clerk's offices. In all, 823 had applied. "It was just so amazing," 76-year-old Phyllis Siegel said as she stood outside the City Clerk's office in Manhattan with her newly betrothed, Connie Kopelov.
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NEWS
July 21, 2011 | By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times
As a wedding planner, Bernadette Coveney Smith does a bit of everything for her clients. She tracks down vegan wedding cakes. She hunts for venues that welcome flower-bearing dogs. She helps body-conscious brides find the perfect dress — and sometimes even the perfect tux. Smith's specialty is same-sex marriages, a business that can be as complicated as love itself as a wedding day draws near. "Anyone can plan a party. What I'm doing is completely different," said Smith, who opened the country's first gay-focused wedding planning business, It's About Time, in Boston in 2004 after Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage.
NATIONAL
July 20, 2011
Overwhelmed by marriage applications from gay and lesbian couples, New York City will conduct a lottery to decide who will be allowed to marry at city offices Sunday, the day a state law allowing such unions takes effect. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said 764 couples would be selected to get married Sunday in the city clerk's five borough offices. That's more than the city's previous single-day high of 621 on Valentine's Day 2003. More than 1,700 online applications from same-sex couples already have been received.
OPINION
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 ?
OPINION
August 10, 2010
Having ruled that Proposition 8 unreasonably and unconstitutionally deprived gay and lesbian couples of the right to marry, U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker should take the natural next step of allowing such marriages to go forward while the case wends its way upward on appeal. True, this would create another period of uncertainty over the fate of those marriages, the same uncertainty that confronted same-sex couples in 2008 after the California Supreme Court recognized their right to marry even as Proposition 8 threatened to take it away.
OPINION
January 25, 2009
Re "Now, about gay marriage," editorial, Jan. 21 While appreciating The Times' well-articulated awareness that gay marriage is a basic civil rights issue, please note the erroneous term you used: "sexual preference." This implies there is choice involved. For this gay man, it has never been a matter of which gender I prefer, but rather which gender I was born to be oriented toward. Buck Winston Los Angeles -- The Times bases its argument for legalizing gay weddings on the specious premise that marriage is a civil right.
NATIONAL
November 13, 2008 | Daniela Altimari, Altimari writes for the Hartford Courant.
A four-year legal battle for same-sex marriage in Connecticut came to an end Wednesday when Superior Court Judge Jonathan E. Silbert signed an order paving the way for couples to get licenses. Less than 30 minutes later, state Rep. Beth Bye and her partner, Tracey Wilson, became the state's first legally married same-sex couple. The experience "took my breath away," Bye said at West Hartford Town Hall.
NATIONAL
October 11, 2008 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
The Connecticut Supreme Court on Friday gave gay and lesbian couples the right to marry, ruling that civil unions relegate them to a "separate" and "inferior status" that falls short of full equality. "We therefore agree with the plaintiffs that 'maintaining a second-class citizen status for same-sex couples by excluding them from the institution of civil marriage' " violates the state's constitutional guarantee of equal protection of the laws, the state high court said.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 24, 2008 | Choire Sicha, Special to The Times
COMEDIAN Margaret Cho is back on TV. Her slightly scripted reality program "The Cho Show," costarring her parents and pals, premiered Thursday on VH1 and runs for seven episodes. P.S. She thinks it'll be back for a second season. How's New York treating you? Good! I've been here now for just two days and just done a ton of press and, you know, trying to promote the show. . . . I really want people to see it, I think it's really good. I want the show to go on 'cause I think my parents, it gives them a whole new life, and they're older and we don't get to spend a lot of time together.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 2008 | My-Thuan Tran, Times Staff Writer
Jessica Clark and Natalie Vacha started planning their wedding as soon as the state Supreme Court overturned the ban on gay marriage. The Lancaster couple decided to splurge on a bash for their summer nuptial, complete with handmade bridesmaid dresses from red to purple and a seven-layer rainbow cake. It was Clark's job to book a florist. She scanned the Lancaster yellow pages and put in an order for bouquets made from rainbow frosted roses. But the florist declined.
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