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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.
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April 23, 2014 | Times Editorial Board
Even as the United States continues its historic move toward fairness and equity for gay people, antiquated anti-sodomy laws remain on the books in a dozen states. Theoretically, these laws were rendered unenforceable by the Supreme Court's 2003 ruling in Lawrence vs. Texas, but apparently not everyone has received that message. In the Lawrence case, the court declared that state laws banning consensual same-sex relations were unconstitutional. Yet somehow, between 2011 and 2014, 12 men were arrested in East Baton Rouge Parish in Louisiana under the state's remaining anti-sodomy laws.
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NATIONAL
October 1, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A judge has ruled in favor of a woman who sought parental rights to a boy and girl adopted by her former same-sex partner. Michelle Kulstad sought joint custody of the children adopted by Barbara Maniaci. "To discriminate further against Ms. Kulstad because of her sexual preference in this day and age is no different than telling a person to go to the back of the bus because of her skin color," District Judge Ed McLean ruled Monday. Attorneys for both sides have said the same-sex parental rights trial was a first for the state, whose voters in 2004 rejected same-sex marriage by about a 2-to-1 margin.
NATIONAL
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.
OPINION
March 15, 2003
Re "Court Hears Gay Marriage Case," March 9: I am the mother of two children. My daughter, a lesbian, partners with a marvelous person who has become another daughter to me. My son, now deceased, was married and had four children. Upon his death, my daughter-in-law was able to take advantage of Social Security payments for my grandchildren. Would my daughter have the same opportunity? My son's widow was able to sell their house. Would my daughter be able to do the same? These are just two of the many examples of the double standards that would be forced upon my daughter and her partner regardless of the fact that their commitment is just as strong as was the commitment between my son and his wife.
WORLD
November 14, 2009 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
A judge has granted a homosexual couple permission to get married, setting a precedent that could pave the way for the Roman Catholic country to become the first in Latin America to allow same-sex marriage. The ruling in Buenos Aires, which became the region's first city to approve civil unions between same-sex couples in 2002, may increase pressure on lawmakers to debate a gay marriage bill currently deadlocked in Congress.
OPINION
November 21, 2003
Re "Mass. High Court Backs Gay Marriage," Nov. 19: I applaud the foresight of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's ruling ordering the Massachusetts Legislature to amend that state's statutes to accommodate same-sex marriages. What terrifies me is that we are poised for some very ugly times ahead. Scouring the television airwaves this morning I heard anti-same-sex marriage "personalities," at different levels of shrillness, refer to the concept of same-sex marriage as being as abhorrent as the concept of slavery.
NATIONAL
June 20, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
U.S. Census Bureau officials said that married same-sex couples will be counted as such in the 2010 national tally, reversing a decision made under the Bush administration. The White House said its interpretation of the federal Defense of Marriage Act did not prohibit gathering the information. Gay marriage is legal in six states.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 2008 | Francisco Vara-Orta, Times Staff Writer
County clerks issued more than 8,500 marriage licenses in the first week same-sex marriage was legal in California, more than 2 1/2 times an average June week, a Times survey found. The tally includes licenses issued to both same-sex and heterosexual couples, although county clerks in many locations indicated that the majority went to gay and lesbian couples. The state, which is not tracking the gender of applicants, has replaced "Bride" and "Groom" on marriage applications with the terms "Party A" and "Party B."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 2010 | By Maura Dolan
A political scientist hired by defenders of Proposition 8 testified at a federal trial Monday that gays have accumulated substantial political power in recent years, though he admitted that stereotyping and discrimination persist. Claremont McKenna College professor Kenneth P. Miller, the first witness for defenders of Proposition 8, was called to the stand to rebut a plaintiff's expert who testified that gays were politically powerless. The question of power is part of the legal analysis over whether gays need stronger constitutional protection.
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.
NATIONAL
April 4, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Ohio's refusal to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples wed in other states is unconstitutional, a federal judge said Friday, though he won't issue a ruling to that effect until April 14. The decision comes in a case brought by four lesbian couples who sued the state after they were prevented from having both women's names on the birth certificates of their children born in Ohio. The couples had legally married in other states. U.S. District Judge Timothy Black told lawyers at a hearing that he would strike down the same-sex marriage-recognition ban in a ruling to be issued April 14. Alerting the states' lawyers gives them time to prepare an appeal, which would probably prevent the ban from falling immediately.  INTERACTIVE TIMELINE: Track rights for same-sex couples A lawyer for the plaintiffs nevertheless celebrated the impending ruling, which is the latest in a string of federal rulings in favor of same-sex couples.
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 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 8, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Four same-sex couples in Indiana, including two who legally married in other states, filed a federal lawsuit Friday seeking to invalidate the Hoosier State's definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman. The plaintiffs want either to be allowed to wed or to have their marriages recognized by Indiana, granting them in either case the same legal protections as opposite-sex couples. At the center of their argument is the U.S. Supreme Court's decision last year to strike down the federal Defense of Marriage Act on the grounds that it discriminated against same-sex couples.
NEWS
March 5, 2014 | By Jenny Deam
DENVER - Citing individual freedom, an evolving definition of family and fairness, and a “big tent” vision for their party, about 20 prominent Western Republicans have thrown their support behind same-sex marriage. The move comes as the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver prepares to decide the constitutionality of gay marriage bans in Oklahoma and Utah. Arguments are expected in those cases next month. In a legal brief filed Tuesday, the 20 Republicans urged the court to reject gay-marriage bans as discriminatory.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2010 | By Maura Dolan
A federal judge in San Francisco said Wednesday that he wants the federal trial over the constitutionality of Proposition 8 to be videotaped and distributed over the Internet. "This certainly is a case that has sparked widespread interest," U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn R. Walker said at a hearing Wednesday. The nature of the case and its importance warranted "widespread distribution," he said. If Walker's view is endorsed, as expected, by the chief judge of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the legal battle over same-sex marriage will become the first federal trial within the jurisdiction of the 9th Circuit -- which includes nine Western states -- to be videotaped in its entirety for public viewing, said media attorney Thomas Burke.
NATIONAL
March 2, 2014 | Maria L. La Ganga
When Jackie Yerby and a small band of devout Catholics go to the cathedral for Mass this Ash Wednesday, they will be sending an unmistakable message. Pinned to their lapels will be big white buttons that proclaim, "Catholic Oregonians for Marriage Equality. " The newly formed group wants to show that "just because we're Catholic doesn't mean we don't support same-sex marriage," said Yerby, who served on the board of Catholic Charities of Portland for six years. "We support same-sex marriage because we are Catholic.
NATIONAL
February 26, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- A federal judge in San Antonio overturned the Texas ban on same-sex marriage, ruling that the prohibition is unconstitutional and stigmatizes the relationship of gay couples in the conservative state. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia does not allow same-sex couples to immediately marry because he stayed the injunction pending any appeal. Garcia ruled that the state's ban deprives same-sex couples of due process and equal protection, stigmatizing their relationships and treating them differently from opposite-sex couples.
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