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San Francisco Archbishop: ‘Interactions with Gay Catholics Tenderizes Us’

December 16, 2013 | 6:00 am

San Francisco Archbishop: ‘Interactions with Gay Catholics Tenderizes Us’

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Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone talks sports, same-sex marriage and reaching out to gay Catholics.

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For Napolitano, UC Could Be a Stepping Stone to California Politics

November 15, 2013 | 9:54 am

For Napolitano, UC Could Be a Stepping Stone to California Politics

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Early evidence of her political acumen at UC bodes well for her future in politics in the Golden State.

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San Francisco Props B and C Reignite Past Waterfront Battles

November 1, 2013 | 5:45 pm

San Francisco Props B and C Reignite Past Waterfront Battles

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Proposed new developments recall the battles after the Embarcadero Freeway came down.

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California’s Top Political Watchdog Leaves With a Bang

October 25, 2013 | 4:00 pm

California’s Top Political Watchdog Leaves With a Bang

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Ann Ravel, fresh off several campaign finance victories, heads off to the Federal Election Commission.

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State Supreme Court Chief Justice Decries ‘Two-Tier System’

October 18, 2013 | 4:02 pm

State Supreme Court Chief Justice Decries ‘Two-Tier System’

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She says budget cuts reducing court sessions are “basically denying justice across the state.”

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Prop. 8 Couples to Star in San Francisco Pride Parade Sunday

June 28, 2013 | 8:48 am

Prop. 8 Couples to Star in San Francisco Pride Parade Sunday

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Timing is everything, and Wednesday’s double rainbow victory at the U.S. Supreme Court will give San Francisco’s Gay Pride Parade an extra jolt of excitement Sunday. KQED has learned that the two same-sex couples whose federal lawsuit led to Proposition 8 being struck down will ride in the Pride parade. Details are still for their […]

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Analysis: Prop. 8 Case Unlikely to Result in Broad Right to Same-Sex Marriage

June 14, 2013 | 6:00 am

Analysis: Prop. 8 Case Unlikely to Result in Broad Right to Same-Sex Marriage

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Nearly five years after voters passed Proposition 8, the U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide the fate of California’s ban on same-sex marriage. But will that be the final word? When two same-sex couples filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Prop. 8, their attorney, Theodore Olson, described the issue in sweeping terms. “The case […]

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Prop 8 Judge Vaughn Walker: Courts’ Change on Same-Sex Marriage Was ‘Utterly Unimaginable’

June 12, 2013 | 6:00 pm

Prop 8 Judge Vaughn Walker: Courts’ Change on Same-Sex Marriage Was ‘Utterly Unimaginable’

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Ever since he struck down Proposition 8 in 2010, former federal judge Vaughn Walker has maintained a certain distance from the case. That’s probably wise, given that the Supreme Court has yet to make a final determination on his ruling. So when Walker called and invited me to hear him speak about LGBT legal issues […]

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The ‘Other’ Ted: No on 8 Attorney Prepares for Supreme Court Oral Arguments

March 25, 2013 | 2:00 pm

The ‘Other’ Ted: No on 8 Attorney Prepares for Supreme Court Oral Arguments

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When Theodore Boutrous, Jr. hopped on the phone the other day from Washington, he was giddy. “We just got a unanimous ruling at the Supreme Court!” He was referring to the 9-0 decision on behalf of his client, an insurance company fighting a class action case.

I asked Boutrous, who goes by “Ted”, how many times he’s argued in front of the Supreme Court. “Twice, “ he said.  “And I’ve got 18 votes!” When I suggested he should retire while he has a perfect record, he emailed back “It’s tempting!”

File photo. Theodore Boutros, Media attorney speaks at a press conference after the Michael Jackson's pre-trial hearing on June 25, 2004. (Joshua Gates Weisberg-Pool/Getty Images)
Since the start of the Prop. 8 debate in federal court four years ago, Boutrous has been overshadowed by his high profile colleague, attorney Theodore Olson. Both are partners at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher (Boutrous in the Los Angeles office, Olson in D.C.) and have worked together for nearly 30 years. Olson is renowned in legal circles as a leading conservative, which makes his pairing with David Boies (whom he faced on opposite sides of the Bush v. Gore case in 2000) so interesting.

Boutrous  may not get the “ink” they get, but he’s been an integral part of the legal strategy against Prop. 8.

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Prop. 8 at the Supreme Court: What’s at Stake

March 25, 2013 | 5:30 am

Prop. 8 at the Supreme Court: What’s at Stake

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On Valentine’s Day last month, about a dozen gay and lesbian couples showed up at San Francisco City Hall. They wanted something they knew they couldn’t have: A marriage license.

Same-sex couple Frank Capley (L) and Joe Alfano (R) look on before staging a sit-in protest after same-sex couples were denied marriage licenses from the San Francisco county clerk on Valentine's Day. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The protest, organized by Marriage Equality USA, happens every year. And every year the couples are turned away.

Thom Watson from Daly City came with his partner.

“You’re really never fully prepared for what it’s going to feel like yet again to be turned down for something that you want so badly and that other people take for granted,” Watson said.

The right to get that legal document from a county clerk is what Tuesday’s U.S. Supreme Court hearing is all about: whether California’s Proposition 8 — a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union of a man and a woman — violates equal protection under the law guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

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