January 16, 2010 |
You don't have to believe in cameras in the courtroom to be troubled by the U.S. Supreme Court's decision this week forbidding cameras from recording the constitutional challenge to California's Proposition 8. Proponents of marriage equality are suing in a San Francisco federal court, arguing that the state ballot measure deprives gay couples of rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution's equal-protection clause. The federal trial court planned to stream its proceedings live to several other courtrooms and to post a nightly video record on its website.
March 27, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Six Democratic senators have announced their support for same-sex marriage in nearly as many days, policy reversals that reflect the changing politics of the issue as the Supreme Court hears arguments in potential landmark cases. Since Sunday, Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Jon Tester of Montana, John D. "Jay" Rockefeller IV of West Virginia, Mark Warner of Virginia, Mark Begich of Alaska and Kay Hagan of North Carolina issued statements in support of marriage equality, bringing to 47 the total number of senators now in favor.
July 25, 2012 |
One year after New York made same-sex marriage legal in the state, a report backed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg found that the Marriage Equality Act boosted the economy by $259 million in NYC alone. At least 8,200 same-sex marriage licenses were issued in New York City in the last year, according to a statement from the mayor. That's more than 10% of the 75,000 total licenses issued by the city since July 24, 2011. The weddings helped bring the city $16 million in direct revenue, according to a report conducted by the City Clerk's Office and NYC & Co., the official marketing and tourism agency.
May 1, 2013 |
Thank you, Kenny Smith, for being the voice of reason in the Jason Collins-Chris Broussard imbroglio. For those keeping score at home, NBA pro Collins this week became the first active player in one of the major U.S. professional team sports to come out as gay . The reaction from many , in the sports world and in the world of politics, was supportive and positive . But not from everyone. Basketball analyst and former New York Times writer Broussard, speaking on ESPN's "Outside the Lines" show, said: "I'm a Christian.
April 3, 2013 |
Did former Rep. Gabby Giffords' stepdaughter do no wrong when her dog broke free from her in Laguna Beach and killed a baby sea lion? Was she so in the wrong that this should become a (literal) federal case? The 18-year-old had the American bulldog mix on a leash, as the law requires, while she walked him on the beach. But when the dog saw the baby sea lion, he managed to pull the leash out of her hands. He then attacked the seal, and by the time the dog could be pulled off - by former astronaut Mark Kelly, Gifford's husband and the young woman's father - it already had inflicted fatal wounds.
June 27, 2013 |
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.
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.
December 5, 2010 |
In 1948, the idea of interracial marriage in the United States was almost unimaginable. The few polls on this topic at the time showed that Americans were nearly unanimous in their disapproval of it. There is little evidence that Californians felt any different. Yet that year saw the legalization of interracial marriage in California ? not because voters approved it or because legislators supported it but because California's courts ruled that banning it violated the U.S. Constitution.
March 26, 2013 |
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.
December 9, 2012 |
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)