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The Waiting is the Hardest Part

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KQED’s Rachel Dornhelm is outside San Francisco City Hall, one of many reporters there to cover Judge Walker’s decision on whether to lift or continue the stay on his ruling that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. According to Dornhelm, there are … Continue reading »

ABA Considers Opposing Same-Sex Marriage Bans

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The American Bar Association is considering an official policy resolution opposing bans on same-sex marriage during it’s annual meeting in San Francisco. Fourteen sub-groups have signed onto the item, including the bar associations in New York, Massachusetts, Vermont and Washington … Continue reading »

San Francisco City Hall Preparing for a Big "If"

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It remains unclear if Judge Vaughn Walker will lift his stay on same-sex marriages or keep it in place during the appeals process, but San Francisco wants to be prepared just in case. In the event that Judge Walker gives … 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 »

Failure = Victory

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When backers of a ballot measure to repeal Prop. 8 said they had failed to gather enough signatures to place it on the November ballot, a sigh of relief could be heard. Not from backers of Prop. 8, but rather … Continue reading »

Home-Field Advantage?

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Critics of same-sex marriage have wondered if holding this trial in San Francisco wasn’t a kind of “home-field advantage” for Prop. 8 opponents.

Week Two Ends, What's Next?

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What can we expect in the remaining (scheduled) days of the trial?

Fresh Air in the Courtroom

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Very dry, scholarly testimony on the history and meaning of marriage was enlivened in the federal courtroom this morning with the playing of a 2004 Terry Gross interview.


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“If the Attorney General thought this was unconstitutional, why did he allow it to get to the ballot box,” asked Judge Vaughn Walker in the first day of federal hearings on Proposition 8.