Tag: Gay marriage
Math has never looked so political. During the Supreme Court hearings on the issue last week, many supporters of same-sex marriage posted “=” symbols in place of their profile pictures on Facebook and Twitter. The symbols, still in use on many Facebook and Twitter accounts, look like this: Day 2 at the Supreme Court. Lets […]
To us non lawyers it looks pretty simple: either gay people can legally marry each other or they can’t.
But as the Supreme Court prepares to rule on California’s Proposition 8, the justices will weigh multiple options. Some decisions would settle the question throughout the country for the foreseeable future. Some could leave it dangling for years to come.
The high court will hear arguments on the case on Tuesday, with a decision expected in June.
To start with, the court isn’t just taking on Prop. 8, the California constitutional amendment that banned same-sex marriage. It’s also tackling the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal law that denies federal benefits of marriage to same-sex couples. The court will hear arguments on the DOMA on Wednesday. And the two decisions are intertwined.
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.
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.
Don’t expect the next pope to preside over a gay couple’s marriage. Pope Benedict XVI, who announced on Monday that he will step down as head of the Catholic Church at the end of February, has taken a hard line on same-sex marriage. He worried LGBT Catholics in California when he appointed Salvatore Cordileone as […]
The U.S. Supreme court has set dates for hearings on two cases concerning same-sex marriage. It will hear arguments on California’s Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage in the state, on March 26, beginning at 7:00 a.m. Pacific time.
It will hear a challenge to the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA the next day, on March 27, at the same time.
In the Proposition 8 hearing, Hollingsworth v. Perry, the court is asking parties to argue whether the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits the State of California from defining marriage as the· union of a man and a woman.
It’s also asking them to present arguments on whether the people defending Proposition 8 — its sponsors — have legal standing. Normally state government officials would defend a state law that is challenged in federal court, but in this case California’s governor Jerry Brown opposes the law.
DOMA prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage for any purpose under federal laws, such as providing benefits like healthcare. In United States v. Windsor, the court is asking the parties to present arguments about whether this violates the Fifth Amendment guarantee of equal protection under the law.
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U.S. Supreme Court poised to take up gay marriage (SJ Mercury News) When the U.S. Supreme Court convenes behind closed doors Friday, the justices will weigh whether to jump headlong into the historic same-sex marriage debate — or merely dip their toes in the roiling legal waters. The high court could decide whether to rule […]
The Episcopal Bishop of California said today that he was snubbed at the installation ceremony for his counterpart, the new Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco. The new Catholic Archbishop, Salvatore Cordileone, helped lead the campaign for Prop. 8, the California initiative banning same-sex marriage. The Episcopal Bishop, Marc Andrus, has supported same-sex marriage and written […]
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S.F.’s new archbishop takes over (SF Chronicle) More than 2,000 worshipers filled St. Mary’s Cathedral on Thursday to see Salvatore Cordileone assume his role as Roman Catholic archbishop of San Francisco, as several dozen protesters angered by his leading role in the fight against same-sex marriage demonstrated outside. Calif. gas prices jump by up to […]
The argument about religion and marriage took a new turn on Tuesday when California’s Assembly passed a bill saying that “marriage is a personal relation arising out of a civil, and not religious, contract.” The bill, SB 1140, will go back to the Senate for a conference vote before heading to Gov. Jerry Brown. Its […]
A bill in the California Legislature would allow one child to have more than two parents. The bill, SB 1476, has already passed in the Senate, and its author, Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, expects it to go before the Assembly by the end of the month. The bill is intended to help kids out […]