Category Archives: Ruling

Appeals Court Upholds Walker's Decision

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday declared California’s same-sex marriage ban to be unconstitutional, putting the bitterly contested, voter-approved law on track for likely consideration by the U.S. Supreme Court. A three-judge panel of the 9th … Continue reading »


Judge Fast Tracks Motion to Toss Ruling

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  James Ware, Chief Judge of the Northern District of California, today issued an order expediting the hearing schedule for efforts have Judge Walker’s Prop. 8 decision striking down Prop. 8 vacated. “Due to the nature of the Motion,” Ware wrote, “the … Continue reading »


Imperial County's Intervention Opposed

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  Attorneys representing Prop. 8 opponents today voiced their opposition to efforts by a newly-elected Imperial County official to defend the same sex marriage ban before the 9th Circuit.    Background: When Governor Schwarzenegger and then-Attorney General Jerry Brown declined … Continue reading »


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 »


Appeals Court Punts to Buy Time

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   The panel of three federal judges considering the merits of Prop. 8 issued a flurry of orders Tuesday, including one that could delay for some time resolution of the fundamental constitutional questions. It all centers around the issue of legal … Continue reading »


Duty to Defend?

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Update: The Third District Court of Appeal denied a conservative legal group’s request to force Governor Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown to defend the same-sex marriage ban. — A conservative legal group in Sacramento is trying to force Governor … Continue reading »


Appeals Court Puts a Hold on Same-Sex Marriages

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The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals put same-sex weddings in California on hold, while it considers the constitutionality of Proposition 8. The appeals court’s order trumps District Vaughn Walker’s ruling last week that would have allowed county clerks to begin … Continue reading »


Breaking News: Stay on Prop. 8 Ruling Will Be Lifted

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U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker has lifted the stay on his ruling that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional, which has kept same-sex couples from marrying. However, his decision will not take effect until next week. That judgment shall be STAYED until … Continue reading »


Judge Walker to Rule Thursday if Same-Sex Marriages Can Resume

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We received notice from the district court this evening that Judge Walker plans to issue his decision Thursday morning on whether same-sex marriages can resume in California while the supporters of Proposition 8 appeal his ruling from last week. That … Continue reading »


Prop. 8 Supporters File Appeal

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As expected, the attorneys who argued in favor of Proposition 8 filed a notice that they are intending to appeal the Aug. 4 ruling. This begins a set of legal procedures giving the appellants 90 days to appeal. The appeal … Continue reading »