At Tuesday’s U.S. Supreme Court hearing regarding California’s ban on same-sex marriage, the very first question, from Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Charles Cooper, was, “Have we ever granted standing to proponents of ballot initiatives?” Read More
Significant. Historic. A promise fulfilled.
Not even Meg Whitman can resist.
President Barack Obama’s administration filed a legal brief Thursday with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of overturning Proposition 8, California’s 2008 voter-enacted ban on same-sex marriage.
One of my favorite political analysts surmises that one reason Mayor Ed Lee has not removed Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi from office, despite the fact he has been accused of domestic violence and witness tampering, is because Lee doesn’t want to empower the contingent of people who think Mirkarimi is being victimized because of politics. Still, people feel strongly about this issue. 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
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
The attorneys who prevailed in last year’s trial overturning California’s ban on same-sex marriage want the trial video made public, saying Monday that it might swing public opinion.U.S. District Court Chief Judge James Ware heard arguments from both sides in San Francisco yesterday and promised to issue a ruling soon. Read More
The Obama administration’s unusual decision to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act was met with cheers from San Francisco leaders Wednesday and jeers from Proposition 8 supporters. And there was a request to allow same-sex marriage in California again. Read More
About 20 supporters of same-sex marriage were detained today during a sit-in at the San Francisco county clerk's office as part of a Valentine's Day protest of the state's same-sex marriage ban.Eighteen people were detained and released for obstruction shortly after noon, county spokeswoman Susan Fahey said. They were given a record of their removal but do not need to appear in court. Read More
A federal appeals court in San Francisco today sent a key question in a challenge to Proposition 8 to the California Supreme Court.A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals asked the state high court to decide whether California law gives the sponsors of the measure the legal standing, or right, to appeal a lower federal court decision that struck down the measure. Read More
A liberal judge who has been assigned to consider the constitutionality of California's ban on same-sex marriage today turned down a request by the measure's sponsors that he disqualify himself.Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in a brief order filed this morning, "I will be able to rule impartially on this appeal and I will do so." Read More