Reading too much into the questions that U.S. Supreme Court justices ask during oral arguments and then leaping to conclusions about the likely outcome of their deliberations can leave one looking foolish when a final ruling is issued. But at Tuesday’s Supreme Court hearing regarding Proposition 8, the justices seemed to clearly telegraph the low likelihood of a sweeping ruling involving same-sex marriage. Read More
Following the lead of other cities like Cambridge, Mass., and companies like Google, San Francisco will begin picking up the federal tax bill for health benefits provided to the same-sex partners of San Francisco government workers.
The Board of Supervisors gave final and unanimous approval Tuesday to legislation introduced by Supervisor Mark Farrell that, he said, “counters what is very much a discriminatory federal tax policy.” Read More
Much is said about marriage equality for same-sex couples, and this paper fully supports the right of gay couples to wed. But at a broader level, there is vast inequality in other ways in which the government treats same-sex couples.
Consider health insurance. Read More
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
In the fight over same-sex marriage, there is a small population for whom the upcoming hearings at the U.S. Supreme Court could mean the difference between living together and being physically separated.
The Supreme Court decided late last week that it would take up two cases related to same-sex marriage: a New York case related to the federal Defense of Marriage Act and a California case about Proposition 8, the state’s voter-approved ban on same-sex nuptials. Read More
Last week, Supervisor David Campos voted against limiting nudity and in favor of spending $1.6 million to fund the first five months of a pilot program giving free Muni passes to low-income youths.
When debating the Muni vote, Campos said that choosing between paying for maintenance on Muni and the free passes is a “false choice.” In response, Supervisor Sean Elsbernd launched one of his signature rants: Read More
Same-sex couples in California might get an early Christmas present next week — and retailers an unexpected boost in sales — if the U.S. Supreme Court refuses to review the case of Hollingsworth v. Perry. Read More
I’m enjoying party season in San Francisco, except for the fact that I’m asked routinely about whether Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi is going to be the subject of a recall.
Honestly, I don’t know. Read More
The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to decide soon whether the justices will take up two key cases about same-sex marriage. If the court declines to hear the cases, lower court rulings will stand, and they are favorable to same-sex couples. But that is not enough. 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