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December 23, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Same-sex marriage is picking up steam in the courts. A federal judge ordered Ohio on Monday to recognize gay marriages on death certificates, but used broad language that could be cited to mount a broader challenge to the law barring such unions. It was the third judicial decision in the last week favoring same-sex marriage rights. In Utah, a federal judge struck down a gay marriage ban Friday and refused to suspend his decision Monday. A federal appellate court also rejected Utah's plea to put his ruling on hold.
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December 23, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Same-sex marriage is picking up steam in the courts. A federal judge ordered Ohio on Monday to recognize gay marriages on death certificates, but used broad language that could be cited to mount a broader challenge to the law barring such unions. It was the third judicial decision in the last week favoring same-sex marriage rights. In Utah, a federal judge struck down a gay marriage ban Friday and refused to suspend his decision Monday. A federal appellate court also rejected Utah's plea to put his ruling on hold.
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June 23, 2013 | By Timothy M. Phelps, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Four years ago, during what one participant called a "cesspool" of controversy within the gay rights movement over how to respond to the passage of California's gay marriage ban, a lawsuit was filed in federal District Court in Oakland in near secrecy. When it was announced four days later after a long holiday weekend, the gay legal establishment responded with open dismay, fearing the risk from a case that could lead to an unfavorable ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court.
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June 23, 2013 | By Timothy M. Phelps, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Four years ago, during what one participant called a "cesspool" of controversy within the gay rights movement over how to respond to the passage of California's gay marriage ban, a lawsuit was filed in federal District Court in Oakland in near secrecy. When it was announced four days later after a long holiday weekend, the gay legal establishment responded with open dismay, fearing the risk from a case that could lead to an unfavorable ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court.
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May 27, 2009 | Maura Dolan
The California Supreme Court's decision Tuesday to uphold Proposition 8 and existing same-sex marriages left in place all rights for California's gays and lesbians except access to the label "marriage," but it provided little protection from future ballot measures that could cost gays and other minorities more rights, lawyers and scholars said Tuesday.
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March 7, 2009 | Maura Dolan and Jessica Garrison
Jeanne Rizzo, 62, who married her partner of 20 years in September, was "somewhat heartened" Friday that her marriage is poised to survive Proposition 8 -- but she was not celebrating. "We don't want to be on a marriage island," said the Marin County resident, who runs a health advocacy group.
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October 31, 1990
Los Angeles County supervisors on Tuesday deadlocked 2 to 2 on a request by Supervisor Mike Antonovich that the county support the Boy Scouts in fighting a lawsuit brought by a former assistant scoutmaster who was excluded from the organization because he is gay. Jon Davidson, an attorney with the ACLU Foundation of Southern California, which is representing the former scout, told supervisors, "This will be perceived as a county endorsement of discrimination."
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October 31, 1990
Los Angeles County supervisors on Tuesday deadlocked 2 to 2 on a request by Supervisor Mike Antonovich that the county support the Boy Scouts in fighting a lawsuit brought by a former assistant scoutmaster who was excluded from the organization because he is gay. Jon Davidson, an attorney with the ACLU Foundation of Southern California, which is representing the former scout, told supervisors, "This will be perceived as a county endorsement of discrimination."
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April 10, 2006 | Stephanie Simon, Times Staff Writer
Ruth Malhotra went to court last month for the right to be intolerant. Malhotra says her Christian faith compels her to speak out against homosexuality. But the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she's a senior, bans speech that puts down others because of their sexual orientation. Malhotra sees that as an unacceptable infringement on her right to religious expression. So she's demanding that Georgia Tech revoke its tolerance policy.
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September 24, 1988
The former chairman of the Los Angeles City/County AIDS Task Force and past president of the American Assn. of Physicians for Human Rights is this year's recipient of the Human Rights Award from the Lesbian and Gay Rights Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. Dr. Neil Schram received the honor at an awards dinner at the Biltmore in downtown Los Angeles Friday night.
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October 20, 1990
An attorney for a homosexual seeking to become a Scout master argued Friday that the Boy Scouts of America is barred by state law from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation. The Boy Scouts violated the Unruh Civil Rights Act when it refused Timothy Curran's request to lead a Scout troop, said attorney Jon Davidson of the American Civil Liberties Union. Curran, 28, was asked to leave the Scouts in 1980 because of his homosexuality.
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May 23, 1991
The American Civil Liberties Union Wednesday vowed to appeal a judge's ruling that allows the Boy Scouts of America to bar a man from becoming a Scout leader because he is gay. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Sally G. Disco ruled Tuesday that compelling the Scouts to accept an acknowledged homosexual as a troop leader would violate the organization's 1st Amendment right to express its belief that homosexuality is immoral.
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