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NATIONAL
February 26, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- A federal judge in San Antonio overturned the Texas ban on same-sex marriage, ruling that the prohibition is unconstitutional and stigmatizes the relationship of gay couples in the conservative state. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia does not allow same-sex couples to immediately marry because he stayed the injunction pending any appeal. Garcia ruled that the state's ban deprives same-sex couples of due process and equal protection, stigmatizing their relationships and treating them differently from opposite-sex couples.
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NEWS
September 6, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A young man who is the son of two lesbians lauded President Obama on Thursday for supporting his parents' marriage and blasted GOP nominee Mitt Romney  for suggesting that his family was not legitimate. “Gov. Romney says he's against same-sex marriage because every child deserves a mother and a father. I think every child deserves a family as loving and committed as mine,” Zach Wahl told thousands of cheering delegates and guests at the Democratic National Convention.
NEWS
May 15, 2011 | By Katherine Skiba, Washington Bureau
Newt Gingrich says he doesn’t expect to be vice president, and, he says, he's made personal mistakes. The Republican presidential hopeful, appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday, threw back to moderator David Gregory a question about the No. 2 spot. “Can you imagine any presidential nominee who would pick me to be the vice presidential candidate?” Gingrich, the former House speaker, asked. “As Reagan said in ’76 when he was hoping Ford would not ask him, nobody could automatically say no to the president of the United States," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 2010 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A federal judge in San Francisco decided today that gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry, striking down Proposition 8, the voter approved ballot measure that banned same-sex unions. U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker said Proposition 8, passed by voters in November 2008, violated the federal constitutional rights of gays and lesbians to marry the partners of their choice.. His ruling is expected to be appealed to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and then up to the U.S. Supreme Court.
NEWS
May 11, 2012 | By Mark Z. Barabak
WASHINGTON-- Having graduated to the role of elder statesman -- his thick mane gone white,  the boom years now lauded by politicians of both parties -- it is clear the political transformation of William Jefferson Clinton has been among the most successful of recent past presidents. It is thus easy to forget the stumbles that marked his tenure long before Monica Lewinsky became a household name, which offer instruction for today's politicians. The 1994 Republican revolution, when the GOP seized control of the House for the first time in four decades, was the obvious low point of Clinton's first term (even if the overreach and foibles of one Speaker Newt Gingrich ultimately helped lift Clinton to easy reelection two years later.)
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2012 | By F. Kathleen Foley
Rita O'Farrell's “Pedestrian,” now at the Lounge Theatre, initially debuted at the 2011 Hollywood Fringe Festival.  There's still something palpably “fringey” about the play, which is certainly not of the stick-to-your-ribs school of theater. But, although O'Farrell doesn't quite manage to say anything particularly novel about the state of human relationships, her roughly hour-long play largely succeeds as a comical divertissement. The plot revolves around Dennis (Daniel Ball)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2011 | By Maria Elena Fernandez, Los Angeles Times
This article does not contain spoilers about Wednesday's series finale of "Friday Night Lights," but it does address story lines from the fifth season, which has aired only on DirecTV. The final season of "Friday Night Lights" is scheduled to begin air ing on NBC on April 15. "Eighteen years," Tami Taylor angrily whispered in last week's episode of "Friday Night Lights," referring to the amount of time she's been Coach Eric Taylor's loyal and supportive wife.
SPORTS
December 19, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder and ESPN reporter Samantha Steele wanted to keep their marriage quiet, so they tied the knot in enemy territory Monday with no family or friends present. Even so, the secret didn't even last two days. "We tried to keep the attention away from us and went over to Wisconsin and had it done," Ponder told reporters after the news got out Wednesday. "So it was quick but it was good. " The second-year quarterback added that he realizes a lot of Vikings fans aren't happy about the location of the wedding, but said that he and Steele would have a bigger ceremony in Minnesota after the football season ends.
WORLD
March 12, 2010 | By Tracy Wilkinson
The mayor was there. So were the protesters. Judith Vazquez wore an ivory wedding dress. So did her bride. Vazquez and Lol Kin Castaneda on Thursday became the first gay couple to marry in Mexico under a new law that allows same-sex couples to wed and to adopt children. The law was passed by the Mexico City legislature in December and applies only to the capital. It is the most far-reaching gay-rights law in Latin America and one of several measures that have put the city and its leaders at odds with the more conservative country.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 2011 | By Robin Abcarian and Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times
The partnership of Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger was a collision of two worlds, an unlikely but watchable match. Twenty five years ago, when they married, Shriver was a child of American Democratic political royalty — pedigreed, pampered and with a professional ambition unusual for the women of her clan. Schwarzenegger was a fading strongman and minor movie actor with immigrant dreams as outlandishly big as his biceps. Schwarzenegger, 63, would go on to world domination — of the cinematic sort, as a top international box office star — and then the California governor's office.
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