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January 13, 2010 | By Maura Dolan
During the second day of a widely watched federal trial on same-sex marriage, an expert on the history of marriage testified that its central purpose historically was not procreation, but the creation of stable households. Harvard professor Nancy Cott, who has written a book about the history of marriage in the United States, told a federal court in San Francisco that child rearing was only one of several purposes of marriage, not "the central or defining purpose." "There has never been a requirement that a couple produce children in order to have a valid marriage," Cott testified, adding that George Washington, the father of the nation, was sterile.
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August 19, 2013 | By Cindy Carcamo
BISBEE, Ariz. - When Bisbee became the first city in Arizona to allow civil unions between same-sex couples, city and business leaders expected hundreds to rush in to register for a civil union. Instead, a bit more than a month later, only four couples have taken advantage of an ordinance that gives them similar benefits as married couples. An estimated 100 couples had signed up to register before the ordinance took effect July 5, Bisbee Mayor Adriana Zavala Badal said. “I don't get it,” the mayor said.
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July 31, 1994 | Wendy Doniger, Wendy Doniger is the Mircea Eliade professor of the history of religions at the University of Chicago and the author of "Women, Androgynes, and Other Mythical Beasts" (University of Chicago Press)
John Boswell's "Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe" broaches two crucial issues: the subjectivity of translation--in this case, what do other people mean when they speak of love or marriage? And the relevance of history--of what use is the past to us? Boswell approaches these questions in a particularly striking and controversial form--more vividly than a historian investigating, say, slavery or usury in the ancient world--because he is speaking of sex. Sexuality in general, and sexuality between people of the same sex in particular, has always been characterized by tremendous privacy, subjectivity, circumlocution and, often, concealment.
NATIONAL
June 27, 2013 | David Lauter
Advocates for same-sex marriage set an ambitious timetable Wednesday for a nationwide victory, laying out a plan for a rapid series of campaigns to win over additional states to achieve that goal. "Within five years, we will bring marriage equality to all 50 states," Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, pledged to supporters massed on the sidewalk outside the Supreme Court shortly after the court's decisions Wednesday. The rulings will bring to 13 the number of states, along with the District of Columbia, allowing gay marriage; together they account for about a third of the country's population.
NATIONAL
June 7, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The state Supreme Court ruled in Richmond that the state must enforce a Vermont court order awarding child-visitation rights to a mother's former partner. The justices rejected Lisa Miller's claim that a lower court had improperly ignored a state law and a state constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex unions and the recognition of such arrangements from other states. The ruling was a victory for Janet Jenkins, who has been fighting for visitation rights since the dissolution of their 2000 civil union in Vermont.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 1999
Lynn D. Wardle is correct that the Mormon Church may participate in supporting or opposing an initiative (Column Right, July 15). Churches and other nonprofit organizations have a well-established right to participate in the political process within clearly spelled-out parameters. But it is important for Californians to understand what forces are behind the anti-gay Knight initiative. The Mormon Church contributed 40% of the funds in recent marriage-discrimination initiatives in other states.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2009 | Gale Holland
A student has sued the Los Angeles Community College District for allegedly censoring a classroom speech he gave against same-sex unions in the emotional aftermath of the passage of Proposition 8, the gay marriage ban. Jonathan Lopez, who is working on his associate of arts degree at Los Angeles City College, quoted a dictionary definition of marriage as the union of a man and a woman, and cited several Bible verses during a public speaking class...
OPINION
August 5, 2009
Re "Acceptance at the altar," Editorial, Aug. 2 Last month, the General Convention of the Episcopal Church approved resolutions favoring the election of openly gay bishops and the blessing of same-sex unions. The votes came in spite of appeals from orthodox bishops and deputies concerned about our relationships with brother and sister Anglicans around the world. Anglicans in Africa and the Far East were ignored. I spent a school year in Taiwan and returned much more aware of how negatively Anglicans there view the Episcopal Church's increasingly self-assured stance toward blessing homosexual unions.
NEWS
February 5, 2001 | KATHLEEN KELLEHER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Many therapists have served the needs of gay and lesbian couples. Like heterosexual couples, same-sex partners seek counseling for everything from a mate whose sloppiness is like nails to a chalkboard to grappling with severely mismatched libidos. But now, clinical psychologist John Gottman, a research scientist at the University of Washington who has studied heterosexual couples for 28 years, has tailored workshops explicitly for the needs of gay and lesbian couples based upon research that examined the interactions of same-sex couples.
WORLD
December 14, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Legislators in Buenos Aires granted legal status to gay and lesbian couples, allowing benefits such as pensions and hospital visits in a move hailed as a first in Latin America. After a noisy marathon debate, the legislature voted 29 to 10 to legalize same-sex civil unions in the city of 3 million that has a reputation as one of the most progressive in deeply Roman Catholic South America.
NATIONAL
April 3, 2013 | By Cindy Carcamo
A small artist settlement in southern Arizona became the conservative state's first city to allow civil unions between same-sex couples, voting in a new ordinance and defying a threat from Atty. Gen. Tom Horne, who promised to take legal action if the measure passed. Late Tuesday night, City Council members voted 5-2 to allow what gay marriage supporters see as the next best thing, adding a section to its city charter that clears the way for civil unions in their town of about 5,600 residents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2012 | By Maura Dolan and Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
At San Francisco City Hall, officials are awaiting their moment in history, but they just don't know when it will come. In the complex calculus of gay marriage in California, weddings could become legal within days. So City Hall is preparing for a possible crush of same-sex couples seeking marriage licenses and making contingency plans for demonstrations. But it is also possible that this preparation is for naught and the future of same-sex unions will remain up in the air for months or longer.
OPINION
February 12, 2012 | By Michael Klarman
The year 2012 is shaping up as a big one for same-sex marriage. Last week, the Washington state Legislature passed a bill allowing gay marriage, and legislatures in Maryland and New Jersey may follow suit shortly (though New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has promised a veto). North Carolina and Minnesota are conducting referendums this year on constitutional amendments to bar gay marriage, and Maine is likely to conduct a referendum on legalizing it. On Tuesday, the U.S. 9th Court of Appeals reminded us that courts too have something to say on the subject.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2010 | By Maura Dolan
During the second day of a widely watched federal trial on same-sex marriage, an expert on the history of marriage testified that its central purpose historically was not procreation, but the creation of stable households. Harvard professor Nancy Cott, who has written a book about the history of marriage in the United States, told a federal court in San Francisco that child rearing was only one of several purposes of marriage, not "the central or defining purpose." "There has never been a requirement that a couple produce children in order to have a valid marriage," Cott testified, adding that George Washington, the father of the nation, was sterile.
OPINION
August 5, 2009
Re "Acceptance at the altar," Editorial, Aug. 2 Last month, the General Convention of the Episcopal Church approved resolutions favoring the election of openly gay bishops and the blessing of same-sex unions. The votes came in spite of appeals from orthodox bishops and deputies concerned about our relationships with brother and sister Anglicans around the world. Anglicans in Africa and the Far East were ignored. I spent a school year in Taiwan and returned much more aware of how negatively Anglicans there view the Episcopal Church's increasingly self-assured stance toward blessing homosexual unions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 2009 | Duke Helfand
Progressives in the Episcopal Church were on the verge of claiming another victory Wednesday as leaders endorsed the creation of blessing liturgies for same-sex unions one day after they ended a de facto ban on the ordination of gay bishops. The action by bishops at the church's General Convention in Anaheim left conservatives with little to celebrate. They said the twin measures would further divide the 2.
NEWS
June 17, 1994
We found the Los Angeles Times' note accompanying Garry Trudeau's "Doonesbury" last week (which concerned John Boswell's book, "Same Sex Unions in Premodern Europe") to be highly misleading in implying that the same-sex union ceremony uncovered by Professor Boswell was primarily a phenomenon of the Eastern Orthodox Church. In the early Christian era, there was no clear division between the Eastern and Roman branches of the Christian Church. Professor Boswell shows that the same-sex ceremony was practiced throughout Europe and, in fact, he found the largest number of early manuscript copies in Italy--with no less than eight copies in the Vatican itself.
NATIONAL
April 4, 2009 | Jessica Garrison and Maura Dolan
The Iowa Supreme Court, citing California's historic marriage decision, overturned a ban Friday on same-sex marriage in a ruling that emphasized the need for courts to protect minorities even when public sentiment is against them. The unanimous decision makes Iowa the first Midwestern state to legalize gay marriage, which is also permitted in Massachusetts and Connecticut.
OPINION
March 28, 2009
Vermont and California appear to be sliding in opposite directions these days, and we're not talking about tectonic plates. As the institution of marriage undergoes seismic shifts, Vermont is moving from civil unions for same-sex couples toward full marriage, while the California Supreme Court is weighing whether to uphold Proposition 8, which stripped marriage rights from gay and lesbian couples.
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