March 1, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Public opinion on marriage for gay and lesbian couples has shifted with almost unprecedented speed since California voters banned such unions in 2008. That shift could influence the Supreme Court, in particular Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and possibly Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., as it decides whether to uphold Proposition 8 in coming months. Throughout his long career, Kennedy has been willing to make major changes in the law on issues including the death penalty, gun rights and gay rights.
November 10, 2012 |
As the head of Focus on the Family, Jim Daly might be considered one of the nation's leading culture warriors - a title that certainly applied to his predecessor, James Dobson, who founded the organization and built it into a powerhouse of the conservative evangelical movement. And, to be sure, Daly threw the considerable resources of his organization - which fiercely opposes abortion and same-sex marriage - behind the campaign to defeat President Obama, paying for millions of mailers that listed the presidential candidates' positions on issues that were important to “values voters.” In the aftermath of the election, however, Daly is willing to say things that few conservative evangelical leaders are likely to say. He believes, for instance, that the Christian right lost the fight against same-sex marriage in four states in part because it is on the losing side of a cultural paradigm.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 2004 |
A Superior Court judge is recommending that five cases dealing with same-sex marriage be coordinated, bringing the city's challenge to marriage laws one step closer to trial. The city's attorneys had opposed combining cases on grounds that doing so could delay the city's lawsuit, which contends that state laws defining marriage as between a man and a woman are discriminatory and violate the state constitution.
October 29, 2005 |
A state appeals court in Albany unanimously upheld a ruling barring a village mayor from performing same-sex marriages, saying he acted beyond his authority when he presided over two dozen ceremonies last year. A lawyer for New Paltz Mayor Jason West promised to appeal to the state's highest court, the Court of Appeals. "West robed himself with judicial powers and declared the marriage laws of this state unconstitutional," Justice John Lahtinen wrote in the decision.
February 7, 1997 |
Hawaii's Senate called for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriages while approving a new law that would give gay and lesbian couples many of the benefits of married heterosexuals. The first bill would allow Hawaiians to vote in 1998 on a constitutional amendment giving the state the power to approve only opposite-sex marriages, as long as the marriage laws don't discriminate on the basis of gender.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2004 |
The state attorney general filed a legal brief Friday defending California's marriage laws, arguing that although committed relationships, gay or straight, "form the cornerstone of nurturing families and a stable society," voters and legislators have reserved marriage for heterosexuals for more than a century. That "common and traditional understanding of marriage" should be upheld unless voters or lawmakers alter it, Atty. Gen.