District Attorney Kamala Harris is scheduled to return to the Larry King Live show tonight for a discussion on Proposition 8 and same-sex marriage. Harris is a staunch supporter of gay marriage and will have the support of comedian Kathy Griffin on the CNN show tonight. Read More
City officials struck a similar chord Monday when reacting to the appeals court ruling that same-sex marriage is on hold pending the outcome of the appeal.
They said that although the ruling was disappointing, the court’s decision to hold an “expedited” hearing schedule was a positive, and ultimately, the courts will support the right for same-sex couples to tie the knot. Read More
Instead of marriage vows, Kristin Orbin, her partner of five years and their friends had to settle for a blessing in front of Harvey Milk’s statue at City Hall.
But when a carefree heterosexual bride and groom swept past them for a photo at the top of the City Hall stairs, it was more than she could take. The tears poured out. Her best man sat down and cried. Read More
Zen Buddhist monk Jana Drakka married same-sex couples in 2004, when San Francisco attempted to legalize such unions, and again in 2008. She was at City Hall on Thursday prepared to marry couples. Read More
The federal judge who overturned California's same-sex marriage ban says he is ready to rule on whether gay marriages should resume immediately in the state or await an appeals court's input.
Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker said he would issue his decision Thursday by noon on requests to impose a stay that would keep Proposition 8 in effect while its sponsors appeal his decision. Read More
Maria Ydil and Vanessa Judicpa didn’t plan to have their marriage license revoked on the day a federal judge declared a ban on their vows unconstitutional. The two had planned to marry Sunday, whether recognized by the state or not.
But when urged by attorney and activist Molly McKay to just give it a shot Wednesday, the two women went with a wave of support into City Hall, only to have their application rejected for the second time in six months. Read More
A federal judge in San Francisco is scheduled to rule Wednesday on whether Proposition 8, California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, violates the U.S. Constitution.
The case before U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker has been the nation's first federal trial on a U.S. constitutional challenge to a state law prohibiting gay marriage.
A previous five-year battle over same-sex marriage in California centered on the state rather than federal constitution. Read More
Since 2004, when Mistermayor took a match to the dry haystack of homophobia by recognizing same-sex marriages, I’ve been fascinated by the legalities of gay matrimony.
Much of my interest stems from the fact that I find the issue so simple as to be untellable. How does one argue that water is wet? If I were representing San Francisco in the In re Marriage Cases, my legal submission would read something like: “May it please the court: Seriously? Duh.” Read More
The eloquent San Francisco attorney who helped convince California judges that a ban on same-sex marriages was unconstitutional reaped the benefits of her hard work Friday.
Chief Deputy City Attorney Therese Stewart married her longtime partner, colleague Carole Scagnetti, in the elegant South Light Court room at City Hall on Friday afternoon. Read More
It’s easy to see why critics of San Francisco’s mayor tend to be so vociferously over-the-top — even when he loses, he wins. Read More