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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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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 1991
Although it denies wrongdoing, the California State University system has agreed to pay a total of $110,000 to six former teachers and administrators who sued the system, alleging they were forced out of jobs because of their feminist beliefs.
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October 11, 2001
Michael Warnken's effort to overturn the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors' declaration disapproving the Boy Scouts' discrimination against gay people overlooks a critical point (Oct. 8). Those who oppose Scouting's anti-gay policies don't disagree with him that young people need organizations like the Boy Scouts; they just understand that gay youths need those organizations just as much as nongay youths and that no one needs to have prejudice modeled to them. The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors ought to be applauded--not attacked--for ending government support for organizations that discriminate.
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August 27, 2000
To the Editor: I appreciate Carl E. Schwarz's generous remarks (Correspondence, Book Review, Aug. 20) about my review (Book Review, Aug. 6) of Darden Asbury Pyron's biography, "Liberace: An American Boy." I thank Mr. Schwarz for correcting my misstatement about Bowers vs. Hardwick. There was no conviction; it was the legality of the arrest that was the subject of appeal. Schwarz, however, goes on to claim that I "seriously" misstated the "state of gay rights in the United States."
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