June 14, 2013 |
Given the rapidly evolving status of gay rights here in the U.S, where the Boy Scouts of America recently lifted a ban on gay youths and the Supreme Court prepares to rule on two same-sex marriage cases , John Oliver decided it was time to check up on the issue around the globe on Thursday's episode of "The Daily Show. " Operating from the assumption that our friends in Europe are “more enlightened about these issues” than Americans, Oliver was surprised to learn of the riots that erupted in Paris following the legalization in that famously sexually laissez-faire country.
June 10, 2004
Re "Marriage Can Be Expanded," Voices, June 5: Marriage is not some government program that can be expanded like Medicare or welfare. It was created by God, defined as the exclusive union of one man and one woman. No person or court has the right to change that. Mark Bedor South Pasadena
January 20, 2005 |
The Louisiana Supreme Court, meeting in New Orleans, unanimously reinstated an amendment to the state constitution that blocked same-sex marriage. The amendment was overwhelmingly approved by voters in September. The high court reversed a ruling by a state district judge who had struck down the "defense of marriage" amendment in October on the grounds that the measure dealt with more than one subject, in violation of the Louisiana Constitution.
March 11, 2014 |
It ain't over till it's over, at least in the case of Katharine McPhee and her estranged husband, Nick Cokas, who hit a rough spot in October after she was photographed publicly kissing her married "Smash" director. Though the embarrassing photos initially seemed to be the catalyst for their split, which also went public at the time, word emerged that they'd actually been separated for months prior to that breaking news and that McPhee had...
July 28, 2006
Re "Gays Engaged in a Battle for Hearts, Minds," July 26 I think it's odd that this extensive article presents "a battle for hearts and minds," yet doesn't really illuminate the purpose of the battle. This is a battle for civil marriage, which means extending more than 1,000 rights given to married, heterosexual, taxpaying citizens to all taxpaying citizens. When the Supreme Court struck down state bans on interracial marriage in 1967, the overwhelming majority of Americans did not support interracial marriage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2000
I feel very strongly that Proposition 22 should pass. The traditional marriage is the basis to our society and most important for the stability of the family. We should be compassionate to the gay community and they should have all of the rights afforded them in the Domestic Partners Act. It is not, however, up to the rest of the states to decide whether or not California has to recognize same-sex marriages. This is up to the citizens of California. Proposition 22 is only to close the door on others deciding for us. MARILYN JONES Canoga Park I have been able to live my life in a marriage for the last 11 years that was not recognized by my state or country.
May 7, 2013 |
"Suburgatory" star Jane Levy has filed for divorce to end her short-lived marriage, according to reports circulating Tuesday. The actress, 23, who plays a sharp-witted New York City teen transplanted to the suburbs on the ABC comedy series, filed papers in Los Angeles Superior Court on April 16 to end her short marriage to actor Jaime Freitas. She cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split and indicated that she did not want to pay spousal support, according to court documents obtained by E!
June 1, 2008
I found Charles Koppleman's story on Vanessa Beecroft ("A Work in Progress," May 4) very well-written. So well-written that if Beecroft read it as an outsider does, she would find the secret to herself: She is a selfish, spoiled, self-absorbed brat who has refused to grow up. Trying to adopt twins from another culture without consulting her husband is a move designed to wreck a marriage. Her lack of concern for her husband's opinion shows her to be cold and indifferent. She is not a "work in progress."
October 20, 1991
Why is it that when you see an article on single women, it is invariably written by a woman, and when you see an article on single men, it is invariably written by a woman? It's not surprising that these articles typically regard marriage as normal and bachelorhood as deviant. The article did nothing to address more pragmatic reasons for staying a bachelor, like the fact that the majority of marriages end in divorce. In the past few decades, divorce proceedings have shown that marriage is (in the eyes of the state)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 1999
Re "My Father Is Wrong on Gays," by David Knight, Commentary, Oct. 14: How tragic it is when a father rejects his own flesh and blood, as state Sen. William "Pete" Knight (R-Palmdale) has done with David because he is gay. As a mother and grandmother, I've always believed the essence of parental love to be, "I love you just as you are." The Knight initiative suggests an emotionally based personal vendetta meant to retaliate against the son who has failed to live up to a father's masculine expectations.