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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 2008 | Rebecca Trounson, Times Staff Writer
The highest court of the Presbyterian Church USA has found that a California minister did not violate the church's constitution when she officiated at the weddings of same-sex couples in 2004 and 2005. The decision, announced Tuesday by the church's permanent judicial commission, cleared the Rev. Jane Adams Spahr of San Rafael of misconduct and lifted an earlier ruling of censure against her by a regional church court. In the decision, the Louisville, Ky.-based panel found that the ceremonies Spahr had performed for the two lesbian couples could not be considered marriages.
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April 15, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
A federal judge in Cincinnati could decide as soon as Tuesday whether to grant a stay on his ruling in a same-sex marriage case involving Ohio recognition of such unions performed in other states. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black on Monday ruled that Ohio must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states but indicated in his decision that he is inclined to issue a stay of that decision while the case is appealed. He gave the parties until Tuesday afternoon to file their motions for a stay and said he would act on the issue quickly.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 1988 | PATT MORRISON and ANN WIENER, Times Staff Writers
They arose early and got themselves all decked out: she in a midcalf dress of some soft beige, he in a jacket and tie--the first tie Scott Roston's roommate had ever seen him wear. Scott Roston and Karen Waltz raced to Las Vegas on Feb. 4 in his leased red Toyota two-seater and were wed in a $25 civil ceremony in a marriage commissioner's office enlivened by some blue and white artificial flowers. Then they raced back to Santa Monica.
NATIONAL
April 10, 2014 | By Jenny Deam
DENVER - After the courtroom arguments ended, the hundreds of pages of previously filed legal briefs had been read, and the nervous tears of the three couples at the heart of a Utah same-sex marriage case had dried, it came down to one question: Who gets to define matrimony? On Thursday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver pondered that question in a closely watched case that weighs a state's right to enforce its own laws against the rights of individuals to marry regardless of gender.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 1988 | PATT MORRISON, Times Staff Writer
A Santa Monica chiropractor was indicted on a second-degree federal murder charge Tuesday, accused of killing his bride of nine days by "beating her, strangling her and throwing her overboard" from their honeymoon cruise ship last month. Scott Robin Roston, 36, has claimed that vengeful Israeli agents killed his wife to frame him in retaliation for his 1987 book criticizing his "torture" by what he called the "Israeli Mafia."
MAGAZINE
June 3, 1990 | Amy Wallace, Amy Wallace is a reporter for the San Diego edition of The Times.
EVERYBODY IN LA JOLLA knew the Brodericks. Daniel T. Broderick III and his wife, Betty, seemed to have a classic society-page marriage. Dan was a celebrity in local legal circles. Armed with degrees from both Harvard Law School and Cornell School of Medicine, the prominent malpractice attorney was aggressive, persuasive and cunning--a $1-million-a-year lawyer at the top of his game.
SPORTS
November 22, 1990
Gymnast Mary Lou Retton will wed former University of Texas quarterback Shannon Kelley in Houston on Dec. 29.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 1989
Kenneth Bianchi, one of the two Hillside Stranglers who terrorized Los Angeles in the late 1970s, has married his Louisiana pen pal after meeting her for the first time this week, prison officials said Friday in Walla Walla, Wash. Bianchi, 38, wore a black tuxedo and Shirlee Joyce Book, 36, of Monterey, La., wore a white wedding dress with a small veil during the 15-minute ceremony in the prison chapel Thursday morning, Washington State Penitentiary spokesman Richard Bauer said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 1997
Lyle Menendez, one of two brothers imprisoned for life last year for murdering their wealthy parents in Beverly Hills, got married in prison more than six months ago, the California Department of Corrections said Friday. A spokesman at the Tehachapi Prison said Menendez and Anna Eriksson were married July 2 by Judge Nancy Brown while he was in the Men's Central Jail in Los Angeles awaiting sentencing. At the time, the L.A.
BUSINESS
March 11, 2012 | By Lauren Beale
In the knee-jerk world of home building, flex space, bigger kitchens and upgraded bathrooms are in. Increasingly adaptable bedroom designs may be just the ticket for trend-driving Baby Boomers whose marriages are plagued by snorts, sniffles and wheezing. Enter the so-called snore room option at Del Webb's Sun City Shadow Hills in Indio. The secondary bedroom that shares the master bathroom was designed for 55 and older couples who may start out in the same bed but end up apart because of snoring, insomnia or late-night TV viewing habits.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2014 | By Margaret Gray
Apparently the Odyssey Theatre had a hit 35 years ago with Ron Sossi's staging of “White Marriage,” a madcap, expressionistic 1975 sex romp by the avant-garde Polish writer Tadeusz Rózewicz. The Odyssey's current revival of this play, while directed - again by Sossi - and acted with admirable frisky gusto, nonetheless gives off a whiff of the time capsule. Some plays are for the ages, transcending culture and context, but “White Marriage,” which serves up the preserved sociopolitical preoccupations and heavy symbolism of 1970s Eastern European theater like meats in aspic, may not be among them.  Set in Poland in about 1890, “White Marriage” (the English title is a clunky translation of the French term mariage blanc , meaning an unconsummated marriage)
NATIONAL
April 6, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
In the early 2000s, the  Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' stance on same-sex marriage aligned with the opinions of most Americans: Gays and lesbians shouldn't be allowed to marry. Since then, popular opposition to same-sex marriage has collapsed across much of the country, with 17 states and the District of Columbia allowing the practice. Shifting public opinion may explain the message that Neil L. Andersen, an elder in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles - the second-highest governing body in the Mormon Church - had for listeners at the semiannual General Conference in Salt Lake City on Saturday.
BUSINESS
April 4, 2014 | By Michael Hiltzik
Brendan Eich's 10-day reign as CEO of Mozilla, developer of the popular Firefox web browser, ended Thursday. He was done in by the news that he had donated $1,000 in 2008 to support Proposition 8, the anti-gay rights measure on the California ballot that year.  As often happens in periods of social upheaval, the fact and the manner of Eich's departure have occasioned as much discussion as -- maybe more than -- the underlying issue of gay...
WORLD
March 28, 2014 | By Henry Chu
LONDON -- Marriage-minded gays and lesbians can begin tying the knot in Britain on Saturday, becoming the latest same-sex couples in Europe and beyond to have the right to do so and fulfilling a dream made possible by a Conservative-led government. A handful of town halls across the country prepared to open at the stroke of midnight to allow nuptials that jubilant supporters called long overdue and opponents deplored as an attack on traditional values. “It's a landmark,” said Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who arranged for rainbow flags to fly over two government offices in London on Friday in celebration.
NATIONAL
March 28, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Gay rights advocates in Michigan cheered Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr.'s announcement Friday that the federal government will recognize about 300 same-sex marriages hastily performed March 22. But the small victory translates to more complications for some newlyweds. After a federal judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban March 21, Deborah Dolney, 28, and her fiancee, Jessie-Mae Secord, 33, seized the opportunity to get married. Four counties opened their offices the next day to issue marriage licenses, and Dolney and Secord were among those in line.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 2014 | Matt Cooper
Here comes the bride in Tadeusz Rozewicz's "White Marriage" at Odyssey Theatre. And here come the puppets in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the Broad Stage and the citywide LA Puppet Fest 2014. Shakespeare UnScripted Impro Theatre improvises full-length plays in the style of the Bard. The Carrie Hamilton Theatre at the Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. Sunday, 5 p.m.; Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m.; ends May 4. $15, $30. (626) 356-7529. Doris and Me!
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2012 | By Rebecca Trounson, Los Angeles Times
California and the Western United States are leading a nationwide surge in interracial marriage, according to a new study that paints a picture of a broadly diversifying nation, one where color lines are blurring and old taboos fading. One-fifth of all recent weddings in the western United States were between people of different races or ethnicities, said a report being released today by the Pew Research Center. Nationwide, 15% of recent marriages were interracial, researchers found.
NATIONAL
January 10, 2014 | By Timothy M. Phelps
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Friday that the federal government would recognize hundreds of same-sex marriages that took place in Utah over the past three weeks, two days after Utah announced it did not consider the marriages to be legal. Holder's announcement left some 1,300 couples who rushed to marry after a federal District Court ruling on Dec. 20 in complicated legal limbo, with their marriages deemed valid for federal tax purposes but not for state taxes. “I am confirming today that, for purposes of federal law, these marriages will be recognized as lawful and considered eligible for all relevant federal benefits on the same terms as other same-sex marriages,” Holder said in a videotaped statement.
NATIONAL
March 25, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage will remain in place while the state fights a federal judge's ruling that declared the ban unconstitutional, an appeals court decided Tuesday.  A three-judge panel of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals stayed U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman's ruling on a vote of 2 to 1. DOCUMENT: Read the appeals court's order The plaintiffs in the case, a lesbian couple, had asked the appeals court to...
NATIONAL
March 22, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Same-sex weddings in Michigan were abruptly halted Saturday when a federal appeals court put on hold a lower court ruling that declared the state's ban on gay marriages unconstitutional. The appellate court order came Saturday afternoon, after Michigan officials had issued at least 322 marriage licenses to gays and lesbians who jumped at the chance to be among the first same-sex couples in the state to wed. County clerks in four of Michigan's 83 counties called in staff on a weekend to mark the short-lived (for now)
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