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January 10, 2014 | By Timothy M. Phelps
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Friday that the federal government would recognize hundreds of same-sex marriages that took place in Utah over the past three weeks, two days after Utah announced it did not consider the marriages to be legal. Holder's announcement left some 1,300 couples who rushed to marry after a federal District Court ruling on Dec. 20 in complicated legal limbo, with their marriages deemed valid for federal tax purposes but not for state taxes. “I am confirming today that, for purposes of federal law, these marriages will be recognized as lawful and considered eligible for all relevant federal benefits on the same terms as other same-sex marriages,” Holder said in a videotaped statement.
March 8, 2004 | From Associated Press
Seattle's mayor said Sunday the city would begin recognizing the marriages of gay and lesbian employees who tie the knot elsewhere, although it would not conduct its own same-sex weddings. Mayor Greg Nickels was expected to sign an executive order today giving same-sex spouses of city employees all the benefits of heterosexual spouses, including health insurance. He also planned to send a proposal to the City Council to protect the rights of same-sex married couples in Seattle.
March 20, 2004
Re "Divided Over Gay Marriage," by Roy Rivenburg, March 12: If the issue is child welfare, then the proper question is whether the children of gay couples are harmed if their parents can marry. Rivenburg offers no reason to believe that they are. On the contrary, preventing gay couples from marrying penalizes their children, since it withholds the many benefits of marriage that facilitate the creation and maintenance of a financially and emotionally stable environment for children. If child welfare is the criterion, then gay marriage should be permitted.
California's improving economy is bringing people who work for the bigger employers in the state a double helping of good news: Layoffs will be down sharply this year, and pay raises appear likely to increase at least slightly, according to a new survey. The poll found that employers in the state have budgeted pay raises of 4% for 1997, up from a comparable figure of 3.8% in 1996.
April 7, 2004 | Robert Salladay, Times Staff Writer
As Wal-Mart battles to expand in California, Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante and other Democrats are pressuring the world's largest retailer through proposed legislation to improve health benefits for its employees -- or pay a steep price. The effort is part of a five-year push by Democrats to target Wal-Mart and large warehouse stores that do not hire unionized workers. The attack is coming on two fronts.
Although Walt Disney Co.'s decision earlier this month to extend benefits to its gay and lesbian employees' domestic partners provided an upbeat tone to the Progress convention held here this weekend, participants in the gay workplace rights conference have their eyes on a larger prize--a comprehensive federal equal opportunity law for gays and lesbians in the workplace.
April 30, 1989 | LEE MAY, Times Staff Writer
Like a jaded soldier hunched in a foxhole, Ralph Axsom, dressed in fatigues and mud-splattered boots, watched calmly from a car as a ferocious thunderstorm lashed this tiny coal-mining community with wind, rain, hailstones and lightning that jagged across hills and sky. But when a convoy of coal trucks roared down the road, Axsom, one of 1,300 striking coal miners here in deep southwest Virginia, bolted upright, shaking his fist and shouting, "Look!...
October 27, 2005 | Abigail Goldman and Lisa Girion, Times Staff Writers
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which built its reputation -- and a virulent opposition -- on rock-bottom prices, has talked a lot lately about becoming a kinder, more responsible company. But the retailing giant is finding that convincing the world that it is "committed to change," and to keeping costs low, is a tough balancing act. On Monday, Chief Executive H. Lee Scott Jr. pledged to bring health insurance within reach of his 1.3 million U.S. employees.
June 3, 1985 | BILL SING, Times Staff Writer
President Reagan told the nation last week that his new tax overhaul plan will boost saving and investment, but the nation's savers and investors may not oblige him--at least not as much as he hopes. Reagan's proposal gives conflicting and confusing signals to investors, with parts of it encouraging them to save and invest while other parts discourage them from doing so, tax experts and economists say.
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