The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday that it will hear arguments March 26 on the constitutionality of California’s 2008 voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.Sponsors of Proposition 8 and their committee, Protect Marriage, are appealing a ruling made last year in which the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the initiative. Read More
“American Idol” winner Fantasia Barrino is backtracking from what sure looked like an anti-gay rant on Instagram: “I Rise ABOVE IT ALL!!! THE WORLD IS GONE MAD. KIDS, THE GOVERMENT, THE church House… It’s a lot that going on that the Bible speaks about we should Not be doing. Weed legal in some places, Gay Marriage Legal BUT YET IM JUDGED!!!!” Read More
Gay marriage supporters see 41 reasons to fret over the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to take up the case of California’s ban on same-sex unions.While nine states allow same-sex partners to marry, or will soon, 41 states do not. Of those, 30 have written gay marriage bans into their state constitutions. Read More
The bitter rivals in California's gay marriage debate were in complete agreement Friday: The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to take up the state's gay marriage ban was a good thing.
Of course, each side is now hoping for a diametrically opposite ruling. Read More
The U.S. Supreme Court could make a decision as soon as December on whether it will consider the legality of California’s ban on same-sex marriage.
On Nov. 20, justices will consider whether or not to hear the case, and that decision could go public as soon as Nov. 26. If the high court does not consider the case, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling issued in February will be upheld. That judgment deemed California’s Proposition 8 unconstitutional. Read More
Amid heavy security and the splendor of his faith’s most sacred rites, the new Roman Catholic archbishop of San Francisco assumed office Thursday without referring to the distress his appointment has aroused in this gay-friendly city, but offering self-deprecating jokes about his recent drunken driving arrest. Read More
A tall, hulking man in his late 70s, William Rehnquist, then the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, crawled down on all fours to say hello to the two little girls who had scurried under the table when he approached at a luncheon.
Sally Rider and her partner, Betsy, had tried to teach their two preschool-age daughters how to shake hands with Rehnquist. At the time, Rider was his top aide. Read More
Sunday’s annual Pride parade was fueled this year by major gains in the push for LGBT equality in the past 12 months, even if many revelers acknowledged there’s still much progress to be made.
Under the theme of “Global Equality,” hundreds of parade participants marched down Market Street for tens of thousands of onlookers during the 42nd annual parade that culminated in a celebration at Civic Center Plaza. Read More
The sponsors of Proposition 8 made good Tuesday on their promise to appeal a federal court decision earlier this month declaring California’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.Attorneys for the group ProtectMarriage.com appealed the ruling by a three-member panel of the San Francisco-based Ninth Circuit to a larger, 11-member panel of the same court, rather than directly to the U.S. Supreme Court. Read More
Although supporters of same-sex marriage were jubilant after Tuesday’s federal appeals court decision declaring Proposition 8 unconstitutional, what most really wanted to know was when can marriages begin again in California.A stay on new same-sex marriages remains in effect pending an appeal of Tuesday’s ruling, which could take months or years. Read More