A video recording of last year’s trial on Proposition 8 in federal court in San Francisco will remain sealed indefinitely. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday granted the sponsors of the ban on same-sex marriage a stay of a lower court order mandating public release of the video.In last year’s trial, now-retired U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker said that Proposition 8, an initiative approved by state voters in 2008, violated the federal Constitution. Read More
Gay rights advocates still haven’t made a decision about whether to take gay marriage back to California voters.
After 2008’s Proposition 8 outlawed same-sex marriage in California, there was immediate talk of returning the issue to the ballot to reverse it in 2010. However, gay community leaders ultimately decided to wait until 2012, to watch how a legal battle over the proposition would proceed, and give them more time to garner resources and support. Read More
Former U.S. Navy Petty Officer Joseph Rocha never wanted his sexuality to interfere with his military career, so he didn’t consider “don’t ask, don’t tell” to be an issue for him. And he never imagined he would one day become an activist crusading against the policy. Read More
A congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in San Francisco has garnered national attention with the high-level appointment of an openly gay man. Read More
A crucial procedural issue in the legal battle over Proposition 8 will go before the California Supreme Court in San Francisco on Sept. 6.
The court announced late Thursday it will hear arguments on that date on whether state law gives sponsors of the same-sex marriage ban the right to appeal a federal court decision overturning the measure. Read More
A ballot measure has been proposed for 2012 that would legalize same-sex marriage in California, but it could face some surprising opposition — same-sex marriage advocates.
A group led by two recent college graduates, who say they are associated with no religion nor any LGBT groups, have proposed the Civil Marriage Act of California to the Attorney General’s Office. They are still awaiting a title and summary, then will begin collecting signatures. Read More
Sharon Papo first wed her wife, Amber Weiss, in a commitment ceremony in 2005. Then they had a state-recognized ceremony in 2008, when same-sex marriage was briefly legal in California. And finally, as a method of changing hearts and minds after same-sex marriage became illegal with the passage of Proposition 8, they indulged in six more unofficial wedding ceremonies. Read More
Local comedian Dan St. Paul and three compatriots are swinging through the Bay Area performing “So Not the Cleavers.” Tonight’s show at Cobb’s Comedy Club was canceled, but there are others this week at different venues. Half of the ticket proceeds benefit the American Foundation for Equal Rights to repeal Proposition 8. For more information, visit www.sonotthecleavers.com. Read More
The federal judge who overturned California’s ban on same-sex marriage did not have to step down from the case simply because he was a gay man presiding over a matter that affects homosexuals, another judge ruled Tuesday. Read More
Sponsors of Proposition 8 will be back in federal court in San Francisco Monday, asking a new trial judge to nullify a previous judge's decision to overturn California's ban on same-sex marriage.
The sponsors of the voter initiative claim the original judge, now-retired U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker, had a conflict of interest because he has a long-term gay partner and might want to marry. Read More