CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on Proposition 8 will lead to same-sex weddings resuming in California in less than a month, officials said Wednesday, as disappointed backers of the marriage ban questioned whether to pursue a long-shot legal battle to limit the court's action. "After years of struggle, the U.S. Supreme Court today has made same-sex marriage a reality in California," Gov. Jerry Brown said. Before the weddings can take place, a federal appeals court must lift a hold on the original decision that struck down the voter-approved constitutional amendment.
June 26, 2013 |
Is this a victory? In a practical sense, it's tremendous news that the U.S. Supreme Court has paved the way for same-sex marriages to eventually resume in California. But as a statement of gay rights, the decision to return the case to the lower court means little. After state leaders refused to defend the law in court, a group of the measure's supporters took their place, but it was always doubtful whether they had legal standing to do so. As Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said, "We have never before upheld the standing of a private party to defend the constitutionality of a state statute when state officials have chosen not to.” California is expected, after some more legal wrangling, to (finally)
June 23, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Four years ago, during what one participant called a "cesspool" of controversy within the gay rights movement over how to respond to the passage of California's gay marriage ban, a lawsuit was filed in federal District Court in Oakland in near secrecy. When it was announced four days later after a long holiday weekend, the gay legal establishment responded with open dismay, fearing the risk from a case that could lead to an unfavorable ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court.
June 21, 2013 |
As the tension builds up to Monday's expected Supreme Court decision on Proposition 8, maybe the biggest anxiety producer of all is this possibility: What if we have to do it all over again? Many observers thought - though dependence on the line of questioning can be tricky - that the justices were neither inclined to rule that Proposition 8 was perfectly legal, nor that it violated such a large constitutional precept of equal protection that same-sex marriage must be allowed in all states.
June 19, 2013 |
The Times editorializes Wednesday against a portion of the state budget bill that would let cities, counties, school districts and other local government agencies decide for themselves whether to comply with the California Public Records Act. The Times' Anthony York details the ways in which the act has been useful to newspapers and, by extension, the public. See his story here . The state went through something quite similar last year with the Ralph M. Brown Act, which requires local governments to give public notice of their meetings, post agendas publicly and do their public business in actual, well, you know, public . The requirements to do all that notifying and posting and meeting was considered a state mandate on local governments, which means the state had to reimburse the locals for the costs.
June 18, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - An Arizona law that denies immigrants who are in the country without legal permission the right to post bail for a wide array of felonies won approval Tuesday from a divided federal appeals court. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decided 2 to 1 to uphold Arizona's Proposition 100, a 2006 ballot measure that voters approved 78% to 22% as a state constitutional amendment to create bail exceptions for immigrants who lack authorization. Two immigrants who were denied bail under the law challenged it in a class-action lawsuit.
June 16, 2013 |
Here are the top cases that the Supreme Court is expected to decide in the next two weeks: California's Proposition 8: Does the California ballot measure limiting marriage to a man and a woman deny same-sex couples their right to the equal protection of the laws? (Hollingsworth vs. Perry) Married gay couples : Is part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional because it denies tax breaks and other benefits to legally married same-sex couples? (United States vs. Windsor)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 2013 |
The conviction in Orange County of a Washington state man described by prosecutors as a pimp marks the first in the county under the anti-human-trafficking proposition -- which increases penalties for such crimes -- approved last year by California voters. Prosecutors said Mark Wesley Anderson and Jaeleesa Jaemika Smith, the woman who worked with him to recruit prostitutes, both pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges related to bringing a woman from another state to Orange County under false pretenses and forcing her into prostitution.
June 2, 2013 |
Approved by voters in November, Proposition 39 is expected to raise close to $1 billion a year by eliminating a tax break enjoyed by some multistate businesses. The money, however, comes with a significant string attached: For the first five years, half of it must be spent on projects that improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse emissions. Gov. Jerry Brown wants to direct next year's allotment exclusively to public schools and community colleges, which isn't a bad idea. But he's doing it in a way that violates the spirit, if not the letter, of the initiative.
May 31, 2013 |
Talk about tapping into the zeitgeist. With most polls now showing a majority in favor of marriage equality, 12 states legally recognizing gay marriage and the U.S. Supreme Court poised to rule on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, the timing would seem ideal for "I Do," the romantic drama that opened May 31 in Los Angeles and more than a dozen other cities that involves gay rights, same-sex marriage and the definition of...