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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2004 | Lee Romney, Times Staff Writer
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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2004 | Maura Dolan, Times Staff Writer
Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer told the California Supreme Court on Thursday that San Francisco exceeded its legal authority when it issued more than 4,000 marriage licenses to same-sex couples. In written arguments filed with the state high court, Lockyer said the state Constitution requires local authorities to obey state laws unless a court has found them unconstitutional. "This proceeding is not about the constitutionality of same-sex marriage," Lockyer said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2004 | Lee Romney, Times Staff Writer
A Superior Court judge Thursday denied the request of same-sex marriage opponents to intervene in the city's case challenging the constitutionality of state marriage laws, saying the group's members would suffer no harm if gays and lesbians were allowed to wed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 2004 | From Associated Press
The U.S. Department of Justice has asked to intervene in a lawsuit filed by a Mission Viejo couple who contend that federal and state bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional. A Department of Justice attorney filed a motion this week to intervene in response to an Oct. 14 invitation from U.S. District Judge Gary Taylor in Santa Ana to join the defense side.
NEWS
November 10, 2012 | By Mitchell Landsberg
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.
NEWS
May 7, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli and Kathleen Hennessey
Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Monday that he supports gay marriage rights, a declaration that came as President Obama's reelection campaign downplayed comments from Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday that some saw as an evolution in the administration's position. Speaking on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Duncan was asked, "Do you believe that same-sex men and women should be able to get legally married in the United States?" The answer was simple and direct. "Yes, I do. " Duncan's answer went further than Biden did Sunday, when he said he was "comfortable" with the idea of "men marrying men" and "women marrying women" having the same rights as heterosexual couples.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 2007 | Maura Dolan, Times Staff Writer
The California Supreme Court on Wednesday asked lawyers clashing over same-sex marriage whether the state's domestic-partners law provides all the benefits of marriage, and whether the term "marriage" has special legal significance. The questions came in a request for supplemental briefings in legal challenges by the city of San Francisco and gay-rights advocates to the state law that limits marriage to a man and a woman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2011 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris urged a federal appeals court Tuesday to permit same-sex couples to marry during an appeal of last year's ruling that overturned Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure that banned gay marriage. In arguments filed with the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Harris asked the court to lift a hold on a federal court order directing the state to permit gays to marry. U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker, who served on the bench in San Francisco, ruled in August that the marriage ban violated constitutional rights to due process and equal protection.
NEWS
March 7, 2013 | By David Lauter
With the rapid shift in public opinion toward same-sex marriage, opposition to changing marriage laws increasingly has become limited to a few slices of the electorate, according to an analysis of polling data by leading Republican and Democratic pollsters. The two major divides are a generational and cultural split, according to the analysis, which looked at data from the November exit polls. Among people who voted in the last election who are older than 65, opponents of legalizing same-sex marriage outnumber supporters 58% to 37%. But those older voters made up only about one-sixth of the electorate.
NEWS
March 26, 2013 | By Noam N. Levey and David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court asked skeptical questions Tuesday of former Reagan administration lawyer Charles J. Cooper about his assertion that California's ban on gay marriage should be upheld. Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. questioned Cooper as to whether his clients had standing to challenge lower court decisions overturning Proposition 8. Justice Anthony Kennedy, seen as the swing vote on the issue, asked about the rights of children whose parents are already married.
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