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Obama to decide on filing Prop. 8 brief

Thursday is the deadline for filing "friend-of-the-court" briefs by nonparties in support of gay and lesbian couples and the city of San Francisco in their challenge to Proposition 8, the 2008 initiative that limited marriage to the union of a man and a woman. ...

SF Gate • Feb 25, 2013


Ind. mayor holds same-sex 'wedding' for 13 couples

The mayor of Bloomington presided over a symbolic "wedding" ceremony for 13 same-sex couples to protest a proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in Indiana....

SF Gate • Feb 1, 2013


Indiana: GOP leaders say gay marriage ban not priority

The Republican leaders of Indiana's General Assembly said Thursday they have not decided whether to take up a constitutional ban on gay marriage, one day after a pair of House lawmakers filed separate proposals to place the ban before voters in 2014....

SF Gate • Jan 25, 2013


Advocates say Illinois could approve gay marriage

In September, a poll for Southern Illinois University's Paul Simon Public Policy Institute found 44 percent of those polled said they believe gay and lesbian couples "should be allowed to legally marry." That's a 10-point increase from 2010, when only 34 percent backed gay marriage in a poll by the same institute. ...

SF Gate • Nov 19, 2012


More than $16M raised in Minn. gay marriage fight

The two principal campaigns battling over Minnesota's constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage have raised more than $16 million combined, with opponents of the ban outraising supporters by nearly two-to-one....

SF Gate • Oct 31, 2012


Court puts review of DOMA ruling on hold

A U.S. appeals court put a San Francisco woman's suit seeking federal benefits for same-sex married couples on hold Friday until the Supreme Court decides whether to review the 1996 law that prohibited those benefits. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco canceled the hearing it had scheduled Sept. 10 in the case of Karen Golinski, a lesbian attorney with the appeals court who ...

SF Gate • Jul 30, 2012


Calif. bill would shield clergy from gay weddings

Democratic Sen. Mark Leno says his SB1140 addresses the legitimate concerns from clergy that they could be forced to perform same-sex marriages that contradict their religious beliefs. ...

SF Gate • Jun 1, 2012


DOMA challenge gets appeals court hearing

A closely watched constitutional challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act, known as DOMA, went before a U.S. appeals court for the first time Wednesday, setting the stage for a possible Supreme Court decision next year on whether legally married same-sex couples are entitled to equal benefits under federal law. ...

SF Gate • Apr 5, 2012


Same-sex benefits denial is ruled discriminatory

The denial of insurance coverage to the same-sex spouse of a federal court employee in San Francisco was an act of discrimination, the court's chief judge has ruled in an order that entitles the employee to compensation for the costs of private insurance. The payments may have to wait, however, while courts consider the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 law barring federa...

SF Gate • Apr 5, 2012


U.S. wants faster review of DOMA gay-rights case

Obama's Justice Department asked the full appeals court Monday to bypass the customary three judges and convene an 11-judge panel. That procedure would not only expedite the case - the larger panel is the last step before Supreme Court review - but also enable the court to set a stricter standard for laws that deny equal treatment. The panel could overturn the circuit's 1990 ruling allowing such...

SF Gate • Mar 27, 2012


Federal court asked to deny rehearing on Prop. 8

Backers of same-sex marriage asked a federal appeals court Thursday to reaffirm its ruling that struck down Proposition 8 and keep the case narrowly focused - on a single initiative that targeted gays and lesbians in California, rather than the larger question of a constitutional right to marry. ...

SF Gate • Mar 2, 2012


Same-sex marriage poll finds majority approve

Support for same-sex marriage in California has never been higher, with 59 percent of the state's voters backing the legalization of gay nuptials, according to a new Field Poll. What's notable is that some of the more significant gains in support came from Catholics, Latinos and older voters - part of the core of support for voter-approved Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure that defined marri...

SF Gate • Feb 29, 2012


DOMA ruled unconstitutional by 2nd federal judge

The government's denial of all federal benefits to same-sex married couples is an irrational and unconstitutional act of discrimination, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, a step toward a likely Supreme Court test of the law known as the Defense of Marriage Act. ...

SF Gate • Feb 23, 2012


Domestic Partners Join DOMA Health Care Lawsuit

While the ruling determined only that the suit can proceed on behalf of registered partners as well as spouses, Wilken indicated - as she did in another ruling a year ago - that she is inclined to overturn the law. Federal officials "have failed to show a plausible, legitimate rationale for excluding registered domestic partners from (the law's) list of eligible family members (for the tax benefi...

SF Gate • Jan 27, 2012


Gay San Francisco couple wins deportation reprieve

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a letter to Makk today saying he has been granted "deferred action" on his case for two years. The letter said the action is "an exercise of prosecutorial discretion" that allows the agency not to pursue deportation for a specific period. Makk met multiple conditions of the agency's new guidelines for immigration agents to prioritize deportation cas...

SF Gate • Jan 5, 2012


Prop. 8 backers: Trial videos would be misused

They argued that unsealing the videos would endanger pro-Prop. 8 witnesses and provide "little public benefit," because the trial was held in open court and transcripts are available. But their adversaries said there's no good reason to hide a completed trial from public view. "What transpires in the courtroom is public property," lawyers for same-sex couples said, quoting a 1947 U.S. Supreme Cou...

SF Gate • Nov 16, 2011


Judge: Prop. 8 donors have no right to anonymity

The "relatively few" incidents of criminal threats and violence were referred to police and prosecutors, England said, adding that most of the evidence fell into other categories: predictable excesses by both sides in a bitterly fought campaign, such as lawn sign vandalism; legally protected activities, such as economic boycotts; and events not clearly connected to Prop. 8, such as church protests...

SF Gate • Nov 8, 2011


Judge won't limit disclosure of Prop. 8 donor list

A battle over the disclosure of donors to the $40 million campaign to ban same-sex marriage in California is apparently headed for higher courts after a federal judge rejected claims by backers of the 2008 ballot measure that continued exposure would endanger their contributors. ...

SF Gate • Oct 22, 2011


Gays don't need legal protections, GOP argues

With more than half of Americans in a recent poll accepting same-sex marriage, gays and lesbians need no judicial protection from laws passed by Congress, House Republicans argued in a San Francisco court in defense of a law denying federal benefits to same-sex spouses. "Homosexuals have a great deal of political power" and are not entitled to the safeguards that courts have established for laws ...

SF Gate • Oct 17, 2011


Same-sex households up 80% in decade, census finds

Census figures released Tuesday show there were 646,464 same-sex households in the United States in 2010, compared with 358,390 in 2000. Twenty percent of couples living in same-sex households last year listed themselves as married, the Census Bureau said....

SF Gate • Sep 28, 2011


GOP lawyers veto court cameras in same-sex case

Lawyers for House Republicans have vetoed a federal judge's proposal to allow cameras in the courtroom during arguments in San Francisco next month over insurance coverage for same-sex couples. The Oct. 21 hearing would have been the first in the Bay Area to be recorded and posted online for public viewing under a pilot project announced by U.S. court administrators in June for 14 federal distric...

SF Gate • Sep 13, 2011


Same-sex partner benefits can't be cut off

A state can't selectively withdraw benefits from same-sex couples, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday in blocking Arizona's attempt to deny health coverage to the domestic partners of gay and lesbian state employees. When a state provides health care to its employees, "it may not do so in an arbitrary or discriminatory manner that adversely affects particular groups that may be unpopular," sai...

SF Gate • Sep 8, 2011


2 sides clash on release of Prop. 8 trial videos

Ware said he would rule in the near future. He told lawyers seeking release of the videos that he would have to weigh the need for public access against the effect on "the integrity of the judicial process" when one judge promises secrecy and a second judge overrides him. Ware was handed the dispute by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is reviewing the constitutionality of Prop. 8. S...

SF Gate • Aug 30, 2011


SF judge may allow recording of Prop. 8 hearing

A federal judge in San Francisco is thinking about allowing the next court hearing dealing with California's same-sex marriage ban to be broadcast, a move the measure's sponsors are opposing....

SF Gate • Aug 23, 2011


S.F. gay married couple loses immigration battle

Citing the Defense of Marriage Act, the Obama administration denied immigration benefits to a married gay couple from San Francisco and ordered the expulsion of a man who is the primary caregiver to his AIDS-afflicted spouse....

SF Gate • Aug 9, 2011


Dianne Feinstein in for long haul on DOMA repeal; update: Obama endorses

"We are not faint hearts about this," Feinstein said at the National Press Club today, joining the Courage Campaign's California founder and chairman Rick Jacobs. "We are in this for the long march." She believes she has all Democrats on board and promised to wait out the "Tea Party idealogues." She said the Supreme Court will ultimately weigh in, but wants to pursue a legislative track as well to...

SF Gate • Jul 20, 2011


Justice Department strongly backs gays on marriage

The latest San Francisco court filing on same-sex marriage reads like a gay rights manifesto: It rejects tradition, morals and procreation as justifications for marriage restrictions and concludes that a federal ban on spousal benefits was unconstitutionally based on "animus" - dislike, rooted in prejudice - toward gays and lesbians....

SF Gate • Jul 7, 2011


Did CA same-sex marriage foes undermine own case?

Campaigners for California's ban on same-sex marriage in 2008 told traditional families they had much at stake: the future of marriage itself and the need to "protect our children," as one ad put it, from the impact of legalized gay and lesbian unions. Now, as the sponsors of Proposition 8 try toconvince the courts that the judge who overturned the measure had a built-in bias as a gay man with a ...

SF Gate • May 26, 2011


Vaughn Walker, retired judge, reflects on Prop. 8

After a 12-day trial that included testimony by gay and lesbian couples and experts on the history and purpose of marriage, Walker ruled that Prop. 8 discriminated on the basis of sexual orientation and gender and did not benefit heterosexual spouses or the marital institution. The measure's sponsors have asked a federal appeals court to overturn the ruling, but the court has questioned whether t...

SF Gate • Apr 8, 2011


SF lesbian wife's benefits denial upheld by judge

White, an appointee of President George W. Bush, said the Defense of Marriage Act includes a requirement to "unfairly restrict benefits." But he said he was ruling only on a question of judicial authority and not on the constitutionality of the law. He gave Golinski until April 15 to recast her suit in a way that might overcome the procedural obstacles. Her lawyer, Jenny Pizer of the gay rights g...

SF Gate • Mar 18, 2011


Kamala Harris says Obama's action dooms Prop. 8

Harris asked the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco to let same-sex weddings resume in California while the court reviews Prop. 8. The case is on hold while the state Supreme Court decides whether the measure's sponsors can appeal a federal judge's decision declaring Prop. 8 unconstitutional. Even if backers have legal standing, Harris said, "the likelihood that the appeal will...

SF Gate • Mar 2, 2011


Same-sex marriage: Courts expected to heed Obama move

President Obama's decision Wednesday to stop defending a law banning federal marital benefits for same-sex couples will boost an array of court challenges to the measure, including two in the Bay Area by gay and lesbian government workers seeking insurance coverage for their spouses. It could also strengthen the case against states' prohibitions on same-sex marriage, including California's Propos...

SF Gate • Feb 24, 2011


California high court to rule on key Prop. 8 issue

The justices issued a unanimous order Wednesday granting a request by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco to decide whether the backers of Proposition 8, the 2008 initiative banning gay and lesbian marriages, have the right under state law to appeal a judge's decision declaring the measure unconstitutional. The court asked for written arguments between March 14 and May 9 and ...

SF Gate • Feb 17, 2011


Court win for same-sex couples seeking benefits

President Obama has criticized the law, but his Justice Department is defending it in court. The administration says Congress was entitled to preserve the status quo in federal law while states debated the marriage issue. But Wilken said the 1996 law actually changed the status quo by "robbing states of the power to allow same-sex civil marriages that will be recognized under federal law." She a...

SF Gate • Jan 20, 2011


Appeals court turns to state on key Prop. 8 issue

The three-member panel, Judges Stephen Reinhardt, Michael Hawkins and N. Randy Smith, made its view clear Tuesday: that California's initiative process "would appear to be ill-served" if elected officials could nullify a voter-approved initiative by refusing to defend it. But the judges said they need advice from the California Supreme Court, the final interpreter of state law, on whether sponsor...

SF Gate • Jan 6, 2011


Appeals court hints at narrow Prop. 8 ruling

Lawyers challenging the 2008 initiative urged the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco to uphold a federal judge's ruling in August that Prop. 8 violated the U.S. Constitution because its definition of marriage as the union of a man and a woman discriminated on the basis of gender and sexual orientation. But in a nationally televised, 2 1/2-hour hearing, the three-judge appellate ...

SF Gate • Dec 7, 2010


Judge refuses to step aside in Prop. 8 case

Another ethics expert, Monroe Freedman of UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, said Reinhardt's participation would probably hurt the court's credibility among people who are already suspicious of most government actions. But he said Reinhardt is on solid legal ground. After a period of confusion about ethical standards for husbands and wives in legal professions, "the law has come to...

SF Gate • Dec 5, 2010


Kamala Harris-Steve Cooley race could affect Prop. 8

If the appeals court and the Supreme Court deny standing, they could toss out Prop. 8 without deciding whether it violates the constitutional rights of gays and lesbians to choose a marital partner, as Walker concluded. But that's where the plot thickens. According to UC Irvine law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, a liberal scholar who opposes Prop. 8, Cooley -- if elected -- could then go back to the tri...

SF Gate • Nov 9, 2010


Brown debate comment could help Prop. 8 sponsors

In defending his refusal to appeal a judge's order overturning California's ban on same-sex marriage, Attorney General Jerry Brown said the sponsors of the ballot measure can appeal it themselves - a statement that might aid their efforts to preserve the ban in court. Brown, the Democratic candidate for governor, made the comment in Tuesday's debate after Republican Meg Whitman criticized his no...

SF Gate • Oct 14, 2010


Let cameras in courts, chief appeals judge says

It's time to allow television cameras into the nation's courtrooms "to give the public a full and fair picture of what goes on," says the chief judge of the federal appeals court in San Francisco - with a swipe at the U.S. Supreme Court for blocking video coverage of the Proposition 8 trial. Televising court proceedings would increase public respect for the justice system and might also improve t...

SF Gate • Oct 8, 2010


High court won't order state to defend Prop. 8

It will now be up to a federal appeals court, and possibly the U.S. Supreme Court, to decide whether Prop. 8's sponsors have legal standing - the right to represent the state's interests in defending one of its laws. Attorney Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute, said the court order was disappointing. "People on the left and right should both be mourning the fact that the attor...

SF Gate • Sep 9, 2010


How 1997 ruling might thwart Prop. 8 appeal

The issue arises because Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown have refused to defend Prop. 8 in court. That was also the case in Arizona, where state officials refused to appeal a lower-court decision overturning a ballot initiative, and the measure's sponsors then sought to defend it themselves. Writing for a unanimous court 13 years ago, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said s...

SF Gate • Aug 18, 2010


Prop. 8: Judge Walker's bias will be overruled

The Proposition 8 case on which the Ninth Circuit's Judge Vaughn Walker ruled Wednesday was pushed by two straight guys with a hunger for media attention, lawyers with huge egos who overrode the considered judgment of major figures in the gay legal establishment, thinkers who feared exactly what we anticipate: the Supreme Court will uphold Prop. 8 and the core civil rights of Californians and all ...

SF Gate • Aug 5, 2010


Public reaction to Prop. 8 ruling

In San Francisco's Castro neighborhood, customers at Harvey's bar checked their mobile phones and kept an eye on local newscasts for updates throughout the afternoon. Yet when word finally arrived, the response was tempered. The ruling faces years of legal appeals, and for some, it was too soon to celebrate. "You could get happy about it, but we've been happy before and we got let down," said Mi...

SF Gate • Aug 5, 2010


Prop. 8 ruling based on 'overwhelming evidence'

Walker's opinion "reads as solid and careful work. I imagine it was written primarily for one pair of eyes - Justice Kennedy's," said Rick Hasen, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. Margaret Russell, a Santa Clara University law professor, said Walker's conclusion that Prop. 8 was based on moral disapproval of gays and lesbians was reminiscent of Kennedy's 1996 ruling in a Colorado c...

SF Gate • Aug 5, 2010


The case against Prop. 8: unconstitutional bias

Unable to defend Prop. 8 on the merits, defendants argued that it is protected from constitutional challenge because it was passed by 52 percent of California voters. But if we were prepared to leave minority rights up to a majority vote, there would be no need for a constitution - and many state laws discriminating based on race, sex and religion would plague us all. Defenders of Prop. 8 also s...

SF Gate • Aug 1, 2010


Shaky 51% support same-sex marriage, poll finds

Researchers do not know why voting results for same-sex marriage initiatives fail to match polls, Egan said, but DiCamillo said one reason for the discrepancy in 2008 was that Prop. 8 proponents launched a successful campaign that boosted voter turnout in their favor. Marc Solomon, the marriage director of Equality California, which works to secure legal protections for gay people, said that the ...

SF Gate • Jul 20, 2010


Waiting for a Prop. 8 ruling, one couple reflects on two years of same-sex marriage

While Preston said he feels his views have been well-represented in the pro-marriage testimony and lawyers' arguments offered during the Proposition 8 trial, he knows that, no matter how the judge rules in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the fight will continue, most likely up to the United States Supreme Court. He's ready to continue the fight, volunteering for the San Francisco LGBT Community Center an...

SF Gate • Jul 4, 2010


Prop. 8 backers: Marriage promotes procreation

"The marital relationship is fundamental to the existence and survival of the race," Cooper said in closing arguments before a packed San Francisco courtroom. The reason the state regulates marriage, he said, is to steer "procreative sexual relationships" into a stable family environment so that children can be raised by their biological parents. Other federal courts have relied on that argument ...

SF Gate • Jun 17, 2010


Prop. 8 backers target 18,000 same-sex marriages

As the trial over California's prohibition on same-sex marriage enters its final stage today, the ban's sponsors are urging the judge to go a step further and revoke state recognition of the marriages of 18,000 gay and lesbian couples who wed before voters passed Proposition 8....

SF Gate • Jun 16, 2010


Tough questions for each side in Prop. 8 debate

The judge in California's same-sex marriage trial had a pointed question for gay-rights advocates Tuesday: How can marriage between gay or lesbian couples be a fundamental right in a nation that denied all legal protection to their relationships until very recently? Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker put sponsors of Proposition 8 on the spot with another question: In a state that treats dome...

SF Gate • Jun 9, 2010


Constituents conflicted over gay legislator

The state senator who represents this Bible Belt region of farms and oil fields was once best known for moments like the one he created on April 2, 2005. Organizing a rally at Bakersfield's Patriots Park, Roy Ashburn stood with evangelical leaders to condemn same-sex marriage as gay-rights advocates shouted him down. "Marriage between one man and one woman is fundamental to civilization," Ashbur...

SF Gate • Mar 11, 2010


2 sides file pile of paperwork in Prop. 8 case

Opposing sides in the legal battle over same-sex marriage in California have laid out their cases in writing to a federal judge, disputing the status of gays and lesbians in society, the nature of marriage, and the motives behind the ballot measure that defined marriage as the union of a man and a woman....

SF Gate • Feb 28, 2010


Prop. 8 suit closing arguments may be televised

Despite a rebuff from the U.S. Supreme Court, the Bay Area's federal judges are again proposing to allow cameras in their courtrooms, a plan that could lead to telecasting of closing arguments in a suit challenging California's ban on same-sex marriage. The U.S. District Court in San Francisco has posted a rule change on its Web site that would allow its judges to take part in a pilot program of ...

SF Gate • Feb 26, 2010


Reality Valentines at last

Here in San Francisco, everyone held their collective breath when The Chronicle outed Vaughn Walker, the federal judge hearing the same-sex marriage/Proposition 8 case. Walker is gay and has a partner, meaning that if the two of them wanted to get married, the judge would be ruling on an issue in which he would have not just a general, civil rights interest but also a direct stake....

SF Gate • Feb 17, 2010


Gays lack clout, Prop. 8 trial witness says

A political scientist testifying on behalf of supporters of same-sex marriage said Wednesday that gays and lesbians have little political power and can't count on most of their friends in high places, including President Obama. At a federal court trial in San Francisco on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, Stanford University Professor Gary Segura cited ballot measures, state and federal law...

SF Gate • Jan 21, 2010


Dueling portraits of Prop. 8 backers at trial

While Prop. 8's sponsors strive for a benign image of their supporters as parents and family members motivated by their faith and concern for their children, their opponents are trying to paint a more sinister picture of fearmongers appealing to prejudice. Their prime example has been William Tam, a San Francisco chemical engineer who was one of five official proponents of the ballot measure. Ta...

SF Gate • Jan 18, 2010


Calif couples tell of gay marriage ban's toll

Two same-sex couples gave intimate accounts of their private and public lives Monday during the opening day of a highly anticipated federal trial to decide the constitutionality of state bans on gay marriage, at times tearfully testifying about moments of awkwardness, disappointment and shame that they said resulted from their inability to legally wed....

SF Gate • Jan 11, 2010


ACLU backs Prop. 8 forces in disclosure case

The ACLU said a political campaign should be allowed to keep its internal communications confidential unless its opponents prove a compelling need for the information. Requiring disclosure of all documents relevant to a court case "would not breathe fresh air into the electoral process so much as flatten it like a house of straw," Bomse said....

SF Gate • Dec 3, 2009


Same-sex marriage: Coming to a ballot near you?

No less than five initiatives have been cleared for takeoff by the Secretary of State's office. All five would repeal the current provision in California's Constitution that limits marriages to between a man and a woman; and they all include a clause that would exempt clergy persons from having to perform a marriage ceremony if it conflicts with their religious beliefs. All five take aim at Prop....

SF Gate • Nov 18, 2009


Three questions for ... Theodore Olson

I'm getting some looks, and I'm getting some comments. (I tell them) if individuals love one another and want to live in a stable relationship recognized by the state as a community and a family, that strikes me as a conservative value. ... I don't think I've persuaded everyone, or necessarily anyone, but some people have said, "If you feel that way, I'm willing to listen. I'm willing to think abo...

SF Gate • Oct 19, 2009


Prop. 8 forces seek to hang on to blueprints

Walker has scheduled a trial in January on the suit by two same-sex couples, a gay-rights organization and the city of San Francisco. He will hear arguments Wednesday on a request by Prop. 8's sponsors to dismiss the suit without a trial....

SF Gate • Oct 9, 2009


Federal judge reviews arguments in Prop. 8 case

If Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker decides against a trial, some issues will be taken off the table, including any examination of the Prop. 8 campaign, its ads and ballot arguments, and the motives of its backers. That could prove to be the critical issue in the case. The plaintiffs hope to prove that Prop. 8, promoted as a measure to preserve traditional marriage, was actually motivated ...

SF Gate • Aug 17, 2009


Judge orders new filings in gay marriage lawsuit

U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker ordered new submissions with more details by Aug. 17. Walker said the filings made last week "fail to get down to the specifics of how we are going to proceed in this case." He faulted lawyers on all sides, including those representing Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Democratic Attorney General Jerry Brown. The judge said Tuesday he wants detaile...

SF Gate • Aug 13, 2009


Key gay rights group backs 2012 repeal of Prop. 8

Kors of Equality California, asked about those differences, said that "if people want to move forward with 2010, it's a democracy." He called for all the groups "to unite and coordinate our work." But he cautioned that in the fight for same-sex marriage, "we think we have one shot" at what will be a considerable political challenge. Same-sex marriage supporters need to "make the most strategic d...

SF Gate • Aug 12, 2009


Attitudes shift on abortion, same-sex marriage

In 1977, a Field Poll found that Californians opposed equal marriage, 62 to 31 percent; three decades later, the Field Poll shows they now support it, 49 to 44 percent. In November, Proposition 8 - an initiative to amend the state Constitution to ban the recognition of same-sex couples - passed by a 52-48 percent vote. Supporters of equal marriage, however, have cited growing popular support for ...

SF Gate • Aug 5, 2009


San Francisco wants a say in Prop. 8 lawsuit

The city would add "a unique local government perspective" to the case, along with its extensive legal experience in defending gay and lesbian rights, if allowed to intervene, City Attorney Dennis Herrera's office said in court papers. The city and leading gay-rights groups have been allowed to file written arguments supporting the challenge to Prop. 8. But only the plaintiffs -two couples and an...

SF Gate • Jul 24, 2009


NAACP weighs support of gays who want to marry

The NAACP, the nation's oldest civil rights organization, today will consider approving a task force's recommendation to support gays who want to marry, a step that one national board member hopes could move the group toward supporting equal marriage. President Obama's speech at the NAACP's national convention, which ends today in New York, will be a headline-grabbing emotional moment for the nat...

SF Gate • Jul 23, 2009


Politics to play bigger role in Pride Parade

Organizers of one of the nation's foremost gay-pride celebrations don't plan to tone down the festivities even as marriage supporters begin political outreach to California's Central Valley. The Dykes on Bikes motorcycle contingent will again lead the parade, while conservative and religious groups outraged by the city's gay community are expected to film it. But with issues from marriage to the ...

SF Gate • Jun 8, 2009


Prop. 8 opponents take their case to Fresno

Those who marched say any road to a possible November 2010 ballot referendum legalizing same-sex couples must go through California's conservative Bible Belt. They kicked off the drive with 3,000 people attending Saturday's march in the belt's geographic center, aiming to sway those who supported Proposition 8 by sharing personal stories, one on one, with friends and neighbors, just as Milk would ...

SF Gate • May 31, 2009


Personal touch will change minds on marriage

For many families, that will be the progression - from outright disapproval, to accepting the idea of civil unions, to supporting same-sex couples. But the important point is, for all the expensive television ads that were rolled out for and against Proposition 8, it is the personal touch that really changes minds. The opponents of Prop. 8 learned that lesson. That's why they're rallying in Fresn...

SF Gate • May 31, 2009


Hundreds march for equal marriage in central Calif.

"Fresno represents middle America values, and we can start changing our neighbors' feelings about equal marriage beginning right here in the Central Valley," said lead organizer Robin McGehee, a 36-year-old college professor who married her longtime partner last year. "We're doing exactly what the freedom riders would do in the South in the 1960s, which is reaching into communities that are differ...

SF Gate • May 30, 2009


Another Prop 8 Fallout: The Children

Emotional trauma is defined as anything that seriously disrupts your sense of safety. Prop 8 was not an abstract, legal concept for kids of gay/lesbian families - it hit at the very core of their family. Imagine being a third-grade kid and knowing the government announced that your beloved mom or dad is a type of person officially barred from marriage, and that they could have been legally, instan...

SF Gate • May 30, 2009


Gay rights advocates rip suit to undo Prop. 8

While Olson shares the same end goal as same-sex marriage advocates, he doesn't share their political strategy - to win states individually, with ballot initiatives or laws approved by state legislatures. Several same-sex marriage advocates intend to put the issue to voters in November 2010. Olson thinks both strategies can work simultaneously. But many gay legal advocates are urging same-sex cou...

SF Gate • May 28, 2009


The big gay shrug

Equal marriage is a foregone conclusion. It's a done deal. It's just a matter of time. For the next generation in particular, equal rights for gays is not even a question or a serious issue, much less a sinful hysterical conundrum that can only be answered by terrified Mormons and confused old people and inane referendums funded by same. It's just obvious, inevitable, a given....

SF Gate • May 27, 2009


Prop. 8 stands; more ballot battles ahead

"Despite this injustice, we are prepared to return to the ballot box together with our allies to restore the freedom to marry," said Geoff Kors, executive director of Equality California, which took part in the legal challenge. "As more and more states across the nation allow same-sex couples to marry," he said, he is confident that California voters will respond to the next campaign....

SF Gate • May 27, 2009


State high court to rule Tuesday on Prop. 8

The court announced the impending decision today in lawsuits by same-sex couples and local governments, led by San Francisco, seeking to overturn the measure that 52 percent of California voters approved in November. If the court upholds the measure, it must also decide how the proposition affects the marriages of about 18,000 same-sex couples who wed before the Nov. 4 election....

SF Gate • May 22, 2009


Dems sense opportunity on gay marriage

What's certain is that opposition to gay marriage for decades has been a potent tool for the GOP in rallying social conservatives. They are critical to the party's grass-roots organizing and small-dollar fundraising. But as more states accept gay and lesbian unions, there is a debate inside the party over how it should position itself on the issue. The dispute is just one part of a broader strugg...

SF Gate • May 1, 2009


Field trip firestorm continues

"When I saw the exploitation of children by the Yes on 8 campaign, I was outraged," Nava said in a statement. "The use of the images of these children without parental consent is a violation of their right to privacy. This bill makes that right clear by prohibiting these commercials all together."...

SF Gate • Apr 26, 2009


Standing ovation greets Maine gay marriage bill

Sen. Dennis Damon received a roar of approval at a crowded hearing Wednesday when he said the time has come to recognize same-sex marriages. He says his proposal "recognizes the worth of every man and woman among us." It is backed by 60 co-sponsors....

SF Gate • Apr 23, 2009


For U.S. immigration, 'partnered' doesn't count

Shirley Tan has been with her partner, Jay Mercado, for 23 years. The Pacifica women have twin 12-year-old sons and have been registered domestic partners since 1991. That means nothing to the federal government, which recognizes only a marriage between a man and a woman. Federal authorities ordered Tan, who is not a U.S. citizen, to be deported from San Francisco to her native Philippines this m...

SF Gate • Apr 3, 2009


Poll: 48 percent of voters would repeal Prop. 8

The Field Poll of 761 registered voters found that 48 percent of those surveyed would support a new ballot initiative repealing Proposition 8, while 47 percent would favor keeping the ban in place. The remaining 5 percent were undecided....

SF Gate • Mar 10, 2009


Fight for marriage, family is new protest focus

"Ten years ago, this (debate) was about rights and benefits," said Mike Marshall, a political consultant. "Thursday it was about love, commitment and family."...

SF Gate • Mar 9, 2009


Prop. 8 debate still alive, passionate, and younger than ever

At today's Prop 8 rally in SF's Civic Center, the geographic fringe turned out to be across the street from the main event and its Jumbotron simulcast of the Supreme Court hearing, and involved school kids, teenagers, on both sides....

SF Gate • Mar 5, 2009


State lawmakers pass 2 anti-Prop. 8 resolutions

Both the Assembly and the Senate considered identical resolutions, which stated that the Legislature "opposes Proposition 8 because it is an improper revision, not an amendment, of the California Constitution."...

SF Gate • Mar 3, 2009


Calif. Senate committee sides with Prop. 8 foes

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 3-2 Tuesday to approve a resolution that says the proposition's ban on same-sex marriages was a constitutional revision. As such, it would have needed approval from the Legislature to reach last November's ballot. The vote sends the resolution by Democratic Sen. Mark Leno of San Francisco to the full Senate....

SF Gate • Feb 24, 2009


Rain and the budget slow Prop. 8 foes' lobbying effort

The resolutions are symbolic with a capital "S." Not only are they certain to pass the Legislature on a virtual party line vote (Democrats in favor, Republicans opposed), but they also don't mean a thing, since the state Supreme Court already has agreed to hear arguments on Prop. 8's validity next month, with a decision coming by late spring....

SF Gate • Feb 18, 2009


Same-sex marriage movement looks to 'Obamify'

Obamification, organizers say, is more than just connecting supporters through social networking sites such as Facebook and building mile-long e-mail lists. It would involve pairing new media technology with old-fashioned, door-to-door outreach - two tactics that were not used well in the unsuccessful opposition to Proposition 8 in November, according to a report by Marriage Equality USA, an Oakla...

SF Gate • Feb 16, 2009


Gay rights 'lobbyists' to descend on Capitol

Their goal: win support of lawmakers for a resolution opposing the legality of Proposition 8, the constitutional amendment passed by voters in November that bans same-sex marriage....

SF Gate • Feb 15, 2009


Mormon church reports $190,000 Prop. 8 expenses

Up until Friday, the Mormon church had denied any direct financial support for the campaign beyond a reported $2,078 spent for bringing church Elder L. Whitney Clayton to California....

SF Gate • Feb 1, 2009


The money still matters in the ongoing battles over Prop. 8

At an often-tense conference in Los Angeles last Saturday, angry grassroots activists in the marriage equality movement loudly demanded that the leaders of the "No on 8" effort tell them how much money was spent, where it went and how much is left in the kitty. They weren't happy when the answer was little more than a shoulder shrug and a "We'll have to get back to you on that."...

SF Gate • Jan 27, 2009


Prop. 8 replay not a sure bet for 2010

Kate Kendell, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, said she understands the urgency gay marriage supporters feel. But ultimately, a decision on timing would have to be based on "what makes the most strategic and political sense" and "a full appreciation of the enormity of such an undertaking," she said. Apart from the practical mechanics, another factor to consider is whe...

SF Gate • Jan 25, 2009


Prop. 8 opponents unhappy with campaign leaders

By bringing in professional consultants and making the campaign more about politics than the needs, stories and enthusiasm of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual community, the No on 8 leaders not only lost the election, but missed the point, argued many of the more than 400 people at Equality Summit '09, held at the Los Angeles Convention Center....

SF Gate • Jan 25, 2009


Brown's switch on Prop. 8 reflects times

California Attorney General Jerry Brown has become a hero to gay rights advocates - and a potential leader in the 2010 Democratic gubernatorial field - with his recent controversial decision to mount a legal challenge to overturn Proposition 8, the initiative approved by voters that banned-same sex marriage in California. But few remember that 32 years ago, when Brown was governor of California, ...

SF Gate • Jan 9, 2009


Jerry Brown urges court to void Prop. 8

In a dramatic reversal, Brown filed a legal brief saying the measure that amended the California Constitution to limit marriage to a man and a woman is itself unconstitutional because it deprives a minority group of a fundamental right. Earlier, Brown had said he would defend the ballot measure against legal challenges from gay marriage supporters....

SF Gate • Dec 19, 2008


'Day without a gay' protest fizzles

The day's events prompted a mixed response, which might indicate that the gay rights movement is still finding its voice....

SF Gate • Dec 11, 2008


Tax-exempt benefit disputed in Prop. 8 campaign

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SF Gate • Nov 28, 2008


Prop. 8 backers splinter as court fight resumes

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SF Gate • Nov 24, 2008


Prop. 8 divides Bay Area Catholics

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SF Gate • Nov 22, 2008


Blacks, gays discuss fallout over Prop. 8

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SF Gate • Nov 22, 2008


Amos Brown says foes boycott his fundraiser

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SF Gate • Nov 21, 2008


The ugly backlash over Proposition 8

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SF Gate • Nov 21, 2008


State Supreme Court to hear challenges to Prop. 8

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SF Gate • Nov 19, 2008


The mayor and Dr. Phil

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SF Gate • Nov 18, 2008


Jerry Brown seeks legality of Prop. 8

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SF Gate • Nov 18, 2008


Prop. 8: witch hunt and holy war make way for new beginning?

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SF Gate • Nov 17, 2008


Wealthy gay men backed anti-Prop. 8 effort

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SF Gate • Nov 16, 2008


Prop. 8 protests could become national movement

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SF Gate • Nov 15, 2008


Across nation, gay advocates protest marriage ban

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SF Gate • Nov 15, 2008


Prop. 8 protests in SF, many other cities

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SF Gate • Nov 15, 2008


Some areas of S.F. voted to ban same-sex marriage

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SF Gate • Nov 14, 2008


State high court shows interest in anti-Prop. 8 suits

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SF Gate • Nov 13, 2008


Prop 8: undone by lack of grace and adolescent politics.

I don't know what'll happen in court this time. But the vote has narrowed between last time and this. Same sex marriage will likely become a reality at some point. But, just like the civil rights movement in the 60s, when legislation happened but minds didn't change for another few decades, people like Barack Obama, who call for change, have to consider how to change states of minds, not just the ...

SF Gate • Nov 12, 2008


Feinstein, Whitman are governor race favorites [and may someday appoint CA Supreme Court judges --Stop8]

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SF Gate • Nov 12, 2008


Anti-gay marriage group steps up for Prop. 8

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SF Gate • Nov 11, 2008


Catholics, Mormons allied to pass Prop. 8

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SF Gate • Nov 10, 2008


Lawmakers join call to overturn Prop. 8

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SF Gate • Nov 10, 2008


Same-sex marriage backers hit Capitol, churches

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SF Gate • Nov 9, 2008


At least 400 protest outside Mormon Church, thousands more in Sacramento

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SF Gate • Nov 9, 2008


Gay-rights protests continued across California

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SF Gate • Nov 9, 2008


Same-sex marriage issue back to state top court

A day after California voters approved a state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, the incendiary issue returned to the state Supreme Court, where gay and lesbian couples and the city of San Francisco filed lawsuits Wednesday seeking to overturn Proposition 8. And Attorney General Jerry Brown, who represents the state in court, said he would defend the legality of the thousands of same-sex m...

SF Gate • Nov 6, 2008



 

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