You might say the long journey of Proposition 8 began May 15, 2008, when a ruling came down from the California Supreme Court declaring that gay and lesbian couples had a legal right to get married.
Mayor Gavin Newsom celebrated at City Hall with a crowd of thrilled San Franciscans, “This door’s wide open now. It’s gonna happen whether you like it or not. This is the future, and it’s now.”
It was a historic ruling, but not a done deal.
The ruling infuriated supporters of traditional marriage, including Randy Thomasson, with Protect Marriage.
“It will spur Californians to go to the polls to override the judges and protect marriage licenses for one man and one woman in the California constitution,” Thomasson said.
It’s move-in day. You’re sitting in the great new condo you just bought. And suddenly you catch a whiff of cigarettes coming from next door. If you’re a healthy-living type, your home-buyer happiness may be gone in a puff of smoke. Now California Assemblyman Mark Levine, D-Marin, is trying to address that problem with a […]
Does 22 1/2 Hours Alone in an 8 x 10 Cell Every Day Amount to Torture? Video From Inside Pelican Bay Prison
“I haven’t seen the moon since 1998.” That’s inmate Jeremy Beasley, talking to me while sitting–shackled–in an interview room at Pelican Bay State Prison, California’s highest security lockup. Beasley, a convicted murderer, was clearly surprised by my presence—he told me he hadn’t met with a visitor since 1994, when he was incarcerated. It’s not just […]
Several gay and lesbian couples disrupted business at San Francisco’s city hall Friday morning. The couples entered the city clerk’s office asking for something they knew they couldn’t get … a marriage license.
“We love each other and we want the rights that everyone else gets. I don’t want if I die that she can’t get my Social Security or come take my house because we’re not legally married,” said Linda Gates who attended the protest with her partner Betty.
During the demonstration, heterosexual couples, including Mario Caballeros and his fiancé Jessica from Richmond, were told to come back later.
“That just sucks. They can pick another time and another reason or do it the right way,” said Caballeros. “Just taking up peoples’ time. We have to wait just for them to get their little word out? That’s not cool, you know?”
Protesters sang and chanted until sheriff’s deputies ordered them to disperse. Thirteen protesters who refused to leave were detained for just a few minutes, then released without being charged.
The state’s prison system has been engaged in a massive, multiyear and multibillion-dollar effort to reduce its inmate population and improve health care delivery, mandated by a federal appeals’ panel in a decision upheld by the Supreme Court. If you ask the Brown administration, the work is done – and it’s time for courts to […]
The film Zero Dark Thirty, about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, has been nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. But the movie has also drawn a substantial amount of criticism, including from senators Dianne Feinstein and John McCain, for promoting what they say is the idea that torture played a role in […]
Iranian musician Shahin Najafi will perform at UC Berkeley’s Wheeler Hall this Friday, November 16, 2012.
Gay Rights Advocate Daughter of Cuban President Granted Visa to Attend SF Conference; Protest From Congressmembers
HAVANA (AP) — The daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro has been granted a U.S. visa to attend an academic conference in San Francisco and another event, one of her associates confirmed Thursday. The decision has already drawn fire from Cuban-American politicians and on anti-Castro blogs, which argue that she is an apologist for the […]
On Monday, The Frazier Group is expected to release its report on the Oakland Police Department’s response to last year’s Occupy protests and the many incidents of officer misconduct alleged by demonstrators. Next week, the city council will decide whether to expand the scope of that investigation. Also on Monday, the federal court-ordered monitor overseeing […]
Last Tuesday, clergy members of the Episcopal Church’s Diocese of California donned hoodies in front of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco to make a statement related to the Trayvon Martin case. The hoodie, one of which the 17-year-old African-American Martin was wearing the night he was shot to death by George Zimmerman, has become a […]