Category Archives: Lawyers

Prop 8 Opponents to Court: Hurry Up!

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    In some ways the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is the biggest federal barrier to equality for gay and lesbian Americans. It prevents same sex couples who get married in states where it’s legal from getting federal rights bestowed … Continue reading »


Prop. 8 Appeal: Now It's Up to the Judges

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KQED’s Scott Shafer was at the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco to cover today’s Proposition 8 arguments. I asked him for his 15-word impression. “Momentous. Historic. I couldn’t help but think of Brown v. Board of Education”–the 1954 … Continue reading »


Supporters of Proposition 8 File Emergency Appeal

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Supporters of Proposition 8 filed for an emergency stay of Judge Vaughn Walker’s ruling to allow same-sex marriages. They argue that other courts have routinely ruled that marriage has been traditionally defined as between a man and a woman, and … Continue reading »


Analyzing the Prop. 8 Appeal

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Host Cy Musiker spoke to U.C. Davis law professor Vikram Amar about what happens next to Proposition 8. Musiker: Judge Walker seems to be taking a lot of jabs at the defendants in the Prop 8 case. Amar: Well one … Continue reading »


Imperial County Files to Intervene in Proposition 8 Appeals

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Last December Imperial County filed to intervene as defendants of Proposition 8. If the county is allowed to “intervene” they would become a party in the case. Lawyers from Advocates for Faith and Freedom represented the county. However, along with … Continue reading »


Schwarzenegger, Brown Support Resuming Same-Sex Marriages

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Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown filed motions Friday calling for Judge Vaughn Walker to lift his stay on same-sex weddings in California. While U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker overturned Proposition 8, the same-sex marriage ban, on Wednesday, … Continue reading »


What Would Kennedy Do?

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A day after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision involving anti-gay discrimination and the First Amendment, the legal team challenging Prop. 8 sent Judge Vaugh Walker a letter. Signed by attorney Theodore Boutrous, Jr, the letter is intended … Continue reading »


Reading Tea Leaves

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The Prop. 8 trial and Wednesday’s closing arguments are grist for discussion and speculation at the Journalist Law School Fellowship at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles this week. I’m here at the invitation of Loyola along with 40 other … Continue reading »


Prop. 8 Lawyer Wins GOP Assembly Nod

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Andrew Pugno, the attorney and prime media spokesman for Proposition 8 easily won the Republican nomination for a Sacramento Area Assembly seat on election day. Pugno won 44% of the vote, easily beating out five other candidates. In November, Pugno … Continue reading »


Theodore Channeling Thurgood?

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When attorney Theodore Olson announced he was taking up the cause of gay marriage and challenging Prop. 8, many liberal (and conservative for that matter) jaws dropped. The left was suspicious — why would the former U.S. Solicitor General under … Continue reading »