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)
February 8, 2012 |
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 In one sense, the 9th Circuit ruled narrowly, holding only that Proposition 8 was unconstitutional because it rescinded an existing right in the state.
September 10, 2005 |
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.
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.
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.
May 8, 2012 |
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.
September 25, 2007
San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders showed impressive courage last week when he embraced the right of same-sex couples to marry. The Republican ex-cop had long said he believed civil unions were sufficient for gays, and he planned to veto his City Council's resolution backing a constitutional challenge to California's 2000 voter initiative making marriage possible only between a man and a woman. But he had a crisis of the heart when the resolution came to his desk.
June 27, 2013
Re the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage decisions, June 26 The exhilaration we feel after the two U.S. Supreme Court rulings Wednesday striking a blow for marriage equality overshadows all the anguish we felt that morning on Nov. 5, 2008, when it was clear that California voters had passed Proposition 8. Thankfully, today, California is a marriage equality state. To have heard this good news on the same day that DOMA was overruled is something we never foresaw 32 years ago when we committed our lives to each other.
June 27, 2013 |
Wednesday was a big day for human rights. And it was a pretty good day for primate rights too. It was hard to miss news of the Supreme Court's twin rulings that furthered gay rights and marriage equality. Plenty of folks celebrated, including gay couples -- and wedding planners, caterers, florists and, sadly, probably divorce lawyers. Hey, love may be blind, but it's not always forever. Still, big as it was, that wasn't the only news out of Washington. As my colleague Julie Cart reported , “The National Institutes of Health announced Wednesday it would retire the majority of the approximately 360 government-owned chimpanzees currently held in laboratories.” And I'm guessing that, nice as it is that gay folks are making progress on marriage equality, those chimps are equally thrilled that, from now on, they are going to get to be chimps and not medical guinea pigs.
November 18, 2012 |
Emmy-nominated actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who plays the red-haired lawyer half of a gay couple on the hit ABC comedy "Modern Family," and his real-life partner, Justin Mikita, are mixing fashion with political activism. The recently engaged pair are behind a limited-edition, 20-piece collection of neckwear called Tie the Knot that went on sale just a few days ago exclusively through online retailer the Tie Bar. Proceeds from sales of the jaunty, all-silk, self-tie bow ties are earmarked to benefit groups working for marriage equality.