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February 9, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
Hundreds of millions of dollars in government spending to promote healthy marriages seems to have had little effect on marriage and divorce trends, a new study has found. The federal government will have spent roughly $800 million on its Healthy Marriage Initiative by the end of the federal fiscal year, according to the federal Administration for Children and Families. The money, drawn from the welfare budget, has funded a range of programs to help couples have better relationships. But the initiative does not seem to have changed state marriage or divorce rates.
February 8, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
Kate Upton, the model best known for gracing the cover of Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue, received a marriage proposal Friday night, but it wasn't from boyfriend Justin Verlander, the hard-throwing pitcher from the Detroit Tigers. While watching the Oklahoma City Thunder play the Orlando Magic at Amway Arena, Stuff the mascot for the Magic spotted Upton sitting alone and swooped in. The rest of the story can be followed on Twitter.   Thanks @STUFF_mascot for the proposal tonight!
February 8, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
Toni Braxton and Kenny Edmonds have history together as soul-music hit makers, which in the record industry is usually reason enough to rejoin forces. In the 1990s he wrote and produced large chunks of her first two albums, both blockbusters with combined sales of more than 16 million copies; the discs spawned five top 10 singles, including "You're Makin' Me High" and "Breathe Again," and earned three Grammy Awards for female R&B vocal performance. So although their careers later diverged - Braxton took up with other collaborators and began acting, while Edmonds (known as Babyface)
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.
February 4, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Utah has filed its opening salvo defending its ban on gay marriage, while in Virginia, a federal judge will hear arguments about that state's similar law in the latest legal maneuvering over the right for same-sex couples to marry. The separate legal actions are part of the growing number of court battles over what remains a sensitive issue since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down parts of the federal Defense of Marriage Act in June. That ruling, hailed as a major step by gay-marriage advocates, gave federal recognition to legally married gay couples and extended to them the same federal health, tax, Social Security and other benefits that heterosexual couples receive.
January 31, 2014
Re "Gay marriage, in court again," Editorial, Jan. 29 With the Proposition 8 case last year, the Supreme Court might well have been forced to rule on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans. Instead, Gov. Jerry Brown and Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris refused to do their duty and defend the law, thus giving the justices an easy out by finding that those arguing for Proposition 8 had no standing. Perhaps Brown and Harris could have kept their hands clean with the appointment of a special counsel to represent the 52% of voters who passed the proposition.
January 29, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Last year, as the Supreme Court was considering cases on both Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act, this page urged the justices to issue a ruling making it clear that state bans on same-sex marriage violated the Constitution. Instead, the justices handed down two decisions that, while they advanced the cause, stopped short of what should have been a resounding affirmation of marriage equality. If they thought they could delay a definitive ruling for a few more years, they were probably mistaken.
January 27, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
The movement against gay marriage is starting to seem kind of silly and outdated, no? The Grammys mass wedding moment Sunday  - where 33 couples, including a sprinkling of gay ones, were joined in matrimony by Queen Latifah - might have been a stunt, but it was an effective one. There's no better way to normalize gay marriage than to simply show it. Who would have thought we live in a world where the prim and traditional Rose Parade would ...
January 23, 2014 | By Daniel Rothberg
Newly elected Virginia Atty. Gen. Mark R. Herring abruptly reversed the state's position on gay marriage Thursday, declaring a voter-approved ban unconstitutional and announcing that his office would no longer defend it. Though the state will continue to enforce the existing law pending court challenges, Herring - a Democrat who narrowly won election in November - said his office would join sides with two gay couples have sued to overturn the...
January 14, 2014 | By Matt Pearce and Hailey Branson-Potts
A federal judge in Tulsa struck down Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage Tuesday but suspended his decision while it's appealed to higher courts. The ruling is the latest in a series of legal victories for same-sex marriage proponents around the country. U.S. District Judge Terence Kern's ruling stemmed from a lawsuit filed in 2004, the same year Oklahoma passed its constitutional amendment with 76% of voters in favor of banning same-sex marriage. Kern's ruling said Oklahoma's ban violated the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
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