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February 8, 2014 | By Timothy M. Phelps
WASHINGTON -- In a new milestone for gay rights, Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. will issue a directive Monday expanding government recognition of same-sex marriages to all federal courtrooms and prisons, and some federal benefits programs. The new policy, which Holder plans to announce Saturday night at a gay rights dinner in New York City, means the Justice Department will not object if gay or lesbian partners refuse to testify against their spouses in federal criminal and civil cases, and will push for them to be accorded the same rights in Bankruptcy court as other married couples.
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NEWS
October 3, 1996 | PAMELA WARRICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
She will wear white lace. He'll be in jeans. Her ring is gold; his is platinum. She is Catholic; he worships Satan. If love does indeed conquer all, and this bride is betting her life that it does, then "Night Stalker" Richard Ramirez and former magazine editor Doreen Lioy should live happily ever after. Or, at least until death do them part--which, in view of the fact that the groom resides on death row, is more likely to occur sooner than later.
NATIONAL
January 10, 2014 | By Timothy M. Phelps
WASHINGTON - In the three weeks since a federal judge told Utah gays they had a constitutional right to marry, the issue of whether such a right exists in the state has pingponged from a federal appeals court to the U.S. Supreme Court, the state attorney general, the governor and, Friday, the U.S. attorney general. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. announced that the federal government would recognize the more than 1,300 same-sex marriages that took place in Utah during the past three weeks, meaning those couples will be able to file joint federal tax returns and be eligible for hundreds of other legal rights and obligations.
NEWS
March 12, 2013 | By Monte Morin
Men in same-sex marriages are living longer, according to Danish researchers, but mortality rates among married lesbians have begun to rise after a long period of decline. The study, published Tuesday in the International Journal of Epidemiology, used Denmark's civil registry to follow 6.5 million adults from 1982 to 2011. The study is the first of its kind to examine mortality -- the risk of death during a specific period of time -- and relationship status for an entire nation. "Our study expands on century-old knowledge that married people generally have lower mortality than unmarried and divorced persons," wrote the lead author, Dr. Morten Frisch, a professor of epidemiology at Aalborg University.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2001 | From Associated Press
Strongly reasserting Roman Catholic teaching on marriage, Pope John Paul II said this week that a true union can exist only between a man and a woman and is indissoluble, even if it causes "pain and suffering." Addressing the judges, officials and lawyers of the Roman Rota, the Vatican court that rules on appeals for the annulment of marriages, the pope compared suffering in unhappy marriages with Jesus' sacrifice on the cross.
WORLD
June 28, 2012 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
NEW DELHI - It's a weekday morning in posh Safdarjung Enclave. A man sells fragrant masala tea from a cart, stray dogs dodge belching rickshaws, and two men smoking cigarettes work overtime at looking nonchalant. Their attention is focused on a white house with a narrow veranda and brown trim. Their studied calm disappears when a twentysomething woman in jeans emerges, jumps into a dented silver Hyundai and sails into the chaotic traffic. The two detectives follow a few cars back.
NATIONAL
October 28, 2006 | Stephanie Simon, Times Staff Writer
The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, a small newspaper in western Colorado, last week urged voters to reject a proposed state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. "The traditional concept of marriage is not endangered in this state," the paper wrote. On Friday, the editorial page editor, Bob Silbernagel, said he had changed his mind.
BUSINESS
October 4, 1998 | KATHY M. KRISTOF, Kathy M. Kristof is a syndicated columnist and author of "Kathy Kristof's Complete Book of Dollars and Sense."
Judy and Sean O'Connor understand only too well why married people complain that the federal tax code is unfair. The young Los Angeles couple both work in the entertainment industry, pulling down nearly identical salaries. Until they wed in 1996, both received tax refunds each year. Now their combined tax bill has jumped by thousands of dollars, wiping out the money they had saved for a down payment on a home. In tax parlance, the O'Connors are victims of the "marriage penalty."
NATIONAL
November 25, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Gov. Mitt Romney asked the state's highest court to order a proposed anti-gay marriage constitutional amendment onto the state's 2008 ballot if the Legislature fails to vote on it. The Republican governor, a strong opponent of gay marriage and a possible presidential contender, filed the request with the Supreme Judicial Court in Boston after lawmakers put off acting on the question until January.
WORLD
November 15, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
South African lawmakers passed legislation recognizing gay marriage, though activists said it did not go far enough and opponents said it "was provoking God's anger." The bill is unprecedented on a continent where homosexuality is largely taboo.
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