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OPINION
April 4, 2013
Re "Justices ponder gay marriage," Editorial, April 2 Same-sex marriage has been overpoliticized and over-intellectualized. What we're really addressing is the question of whether there should be a law dictating what marriage is. Laws are generally made to keep bad things from happening to good people. In the case of gay marriage, the opponents say that legalizing same-sex unions will lead to heterosexual marriages being diminished. Those who oppose marriage equality deserve the benefit of the doubt; they should send letters to the Supreme Court documenting the thousands of traditional marriages that have been destroyed by gay marriage.
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OPINION
June 27, 2013 | By Jane Schacter
The twin rulings on marriage equality Wednesday were historic in different ways. One of them - Justice Anthony M. Kennedy's decision in Windsor vs. United States, which struck down a key portion of the federal Defense of Marriage Act - will be celebrated for its ringing endorsement of the equality and dignity of same-sex couples. The second decision is poised to be historic not so much for its language but for its effect. In Hollingsworth vs. Perry, the court found that Proposition 8's proponents lacked legal standing to appeal a lower court decision declaring that measure unconstitutional.
NEWS
May 9, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli and Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON -- President Obama, marking the end of a prolonged "evolution" on the issue, now favors allowing homosexual couples to marry, he said in a television interview Wednesday. The announcement comes days after Vice President Joe Biden's comments that he was "absolutely comfortable" with gay marriage put new pressure on Obama to clarify his position on the issue. Obama told ABC's Robin Roberts Wednesday: "Over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors, when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or Marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that 'don't ask, don't tell' is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I've just concluded that for me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.
NEWS
November 19, 2012 | By Susan Denley
Jessica Simpson has been touring the country and making appearances on behalf of the Jessica Simpson Collection along with sister Ashlee this month. At places like Macy's South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, and Dillard's in Tampa, Fla., she is showing off her 60-pound weight loss since baby daughter Maxwell Drew was born in May. [People] Model Kate Moss and her new book, "Kate: The Kate Moss Book," were feted at a party in London last week whose fashionable turnout boasted guests Florence Welch, Boy George, Noel Gallagher, Bob Geldof, Alison Mosshart, Donna Karan, Riccardo Tisci, Annabelle Neilson, Kristen McMenamy and Luella Bartley.
OPINION
December 9, 2012 | By Michael Klarman
On Nov. 6, for the first time in American history, a majority of voters in a state - indeed, in three states - approved same-sex marriage. On Friday, the Supreme Court decided to weigh in on the issue, granting review in cases challenging the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and in a case contesting the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8, which barred same-sex marriage. DOMA is likely to prove the easier issue for the court, assuming the justices rule on the merits of either or both cases (there are procedural issues that, depending on how the justices are inclined, could block them from considering the merits)
OPINION
February 8, 2012 | By Erwin Chemerinsky
Tuesday's federal court ruling declaring Proposition 8 unconstitutional can be easily explained: There is no legitimate government interest in prohibiting same-sex marriages. It is for this reason that the Supreme Court is likely to affirm the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and hold that the denial of marriage equality to gays and lesbians violates the U.S. Constitution. In one sense, the 9th Circuit ruled narrowly, holding only that Proposition 8 was unconstitutional because it rescinded an existing right in the state.
NEWS
March 26, 2013 | By Matt Pearce, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
Tuesday's U.S. Supreme Court arguments over whether gay and lesbian couples have the right to marry in California became a spectacle both in D.C. and on the Web. In Washington, demonstrators expressed both opposition to and support of same-sex marriage while the justices heard oral arguments in what could become a landmark case for same-sex marriage's legality across the United States. The case involves California's Proposition 8, which voters passed in 2008 to ban same-sex marriage, trumping a state Supreme Court decision that had legalized it. On Wed­nes­day, the court will hear another gay-rights case: whether the fed­er­al De­fense of Marriage Act wrongly denies equal benefits to mar­ried gay couples.
OPINION
September 10, 2005 | Tobias Barrington Wolff, TOBIAS BARRINGTON WOLFF teaches law at UC Davis and is on the Equal Justice Society's board of directors.
IF GOV. ARNOLD Schwarzenegger follows through with his planned veto of the historic "marriage equality" bill enacted by the California Legislature, it will be a defining moment in his legacy. A public official who acts as a mere cipher for public opinion has not met the test of leadership. Leadership sometimes calls on officials to challenge us all to recognize principle, and to overcome fear and prejudice in favor of what is right.
OPINION
May 19, 2012
Reacting to Eric J. Segall's Op-Ed article on Tuesday warning of a gay rights backlash if theU.S. Supreme Court overturns Proposition 8, reader Sara Wan of Malibu wrote: "It is wrong to suggest that pushing for civil liberties should be left to Congress and not include the judicial system. As long as discrimination is legal, it is harder to fight it. "Segall's analogy to past laws banning interracial marriage is incorrect. While there was not a specific push to legalize interracial marriage, the 1967 Supreme Court decision was the direct result of the civil rights movement.
NEWS
May 8, 2012 | By David Lauter
News about same-sex marriage has pointed in two opposite directions recently. Today, unless preelection polls prove drastically wrong, voters in North Carolina will approve a constitutional amendment to ban not only same-sex marriages, but also civil unions as well. On the other hand, for weeks, national Democratic politicians have been virtually tripping over themselves to declare their support for marriage equality, seeking to get ahead of what they see as a shift in public opinion.
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