Tag: New York state same-sex marriage
Advocates for same-sex marriage got a powerful new friend on Thursday: President Barack Obama.
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.”
UC Davis law professor Vik Amar analyzed the 9th Circuit’s Prop 8 ruling in an interview with KQED’s Scott Shafer today. Amar’s take: The two judges in the majority, Stephen Reinhardt and Michael Hawkins, may have tailored their decision in the narrowest way possible — applying only to California — so as to give the […]
Friday’s dramatic passage of a law permitting same sex marriage in New York State raises the obvious question: What does this mean for California? The answer? A squishy “too soon to tell.” New York has a set of circumstances unique to that state, including an extremely popular Catholic governor with an openly gay “brother-in-law”; relatively […]