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Will Obama’s Remarks on Marijuana Boost California Legalization Efforts?

January 22, 2014 | 10:17 am

Will Obama’s Remarks on Marijuana Boost California Legalization Efforts?

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What President Obama’s statements on marijuana might mean for full legalization in California.

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Obama Moves to Limit Power-Plant Carbon Pollution

September 20, 2013 | 12:28 pm

Obama Moves to Limit Power-Plant Carbon Pollution

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The administration presses ahead with tough requirements despite protests from industry and GOP.

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Obama Welcomes (Last Place) Giants at White House

July 29, 2013 | 10:20 am

Obama Welcomes (Last Place) Giants at White House

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In some ways, President Obama and the San Francisco Giants are having the same season: lots of promise coming out of November, and then … well think of the Republicans as the Dodgers to keep the analogy going. On Monday, the president welcomed the Giants to the White House to hail their 2012 World Series […]

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The Ongoing U.S.-Vietnam Reconciliation Process: A Personal View

July 25, 2013 | 11:21 am

The Ongoing U.S.-Vietnam Reconciliation Process: A Personal View

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By Thuy Vu KQED News is launching a new multiplatform service in October called KQED Newsroom on television, radio and online, with three–time Emmy Award–winning journalist and anchor Thuy Vu as host. This is her first blog post for News Fix. In a rare trip, Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang is meeting with President Barack […]

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Obama Announces Climate Change Plan

June 25, 2013 | 10:35 am

Obama Announces Climate Change Plan

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared the debate over climate change and its causes obsolete Tuesday as he announced a wide-ranging plan to tackle pollution and prepare communities for global warming. In a major speech at Georgetown University, Obama warned Americans of the deep and disastrous effects of climate change, urging them to take […]

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In San Jose Obama Defends Surveillance, Touts Health Care Act

June 7, 2013 | 9:16 am

In San Jose Obama Defends Surveillance, Touts Health Care Act

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President Barack Obama, in San Jose on Friday, defended U.S. surveillance of telecommunications records. He arrived in Silicon Valley on Thursday to raise money and stayed Friday to tout California’s participation in the Affordable Care Act. Protesters confronted him Thursday about the Keystone XL fuel pipeline, and reporters questioned him Friday about government snooping. Speaking […]

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Following the Money, Obama Returns to Bay Area in June

May 20, 2013 | 3:52 pm

Following the Money, Obama Returns to Bay Area in June

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President Barack Obama is returning yet again to the Bay Area in early June to raise money for Democrats in the U.S. Senate, according to party officials. He was last here in April, when he attended  Democratic fundraisers in San Francisco and on the Peninsula. Obama will be attending fundraising events on June 6 in […]

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Prop. 8 at the Supreme Court: What You Need to Know

March 21, 2013 | 8:00 am

Prop. 8 at the Supreme Court: What You Need to Know

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In California’s June 2000 primary, 61 percent of the electorate voted “yes” on Proposition 22, a measure that amended state law to read, “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized ” in the state. The state Supreme Court overturned the law in 2008 as discriminatory, opening the way for same-sex couples to get legally married in the state. About 18,000 gay and lesbian couples took advantage of the chance to tie the knot.

Same-sex marriage proponent Kat McGuckin of Oaklyn, New Jersey, holds a gay marriage pride flag while standing in front of the Supreme Court November 30, 2012 in Washington, D.C. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

But the door that had been opened to same-sex couples slammed shut in November 2008, when voters passed Proposition 8. The measure, a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, passed with 52 percent of the vote.

Gay-marriage advocates immediately filed challenges with the California Supreme Court, which agreed to hear the case, and in May 2009, the court upheld Prop. 8, another blow against same-sex marriage.

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Obama Argues Against California’s Proposition 8 Gay Marriage Ban

February 28, 2013 | 2:11 pm

Obama Argues Against California’s Proposition 8 Gay Marriage Ban

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Advocates for same-sex marriage got a powerful new friend on Thursday: President Barack Obama.

(Win McNamee/Getty Images)

In a legal brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Obama Administration argues against California’s Proposition 8. (For full text, scroll to the bottom of this post)

The brief argues that the measure passed by voters in 2008 discriminates against gays and lesbians without justification.

The law is not necessary to protect procreation, as its defenders assert, the brief says. “Proposition 8’s denial of marriage to same-sex couples, particularly where California at the same time grants same-sex partners all the substantive rights of marriage, violates equal protection.”

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Marching Prouder: Gay Musicians from the San Francisco Bay Area After the Inaugural Parade

January 25, 2013 | 1:45 pm

Marching Prouder: Gay Musicians from the San Francisco Bay Area After the Inaugural Parade

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As a drum major, Kim Boyd is often marching tall. But the Oakland resident said there’s a little something extra in his step since he marched in the Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C. on Monday. “I don’t know how to explain it to you. I step prouder,” Boyd, 51, said. “You already hold your head […]

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