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No Same Sex Marriages for Now, Says 9th Circuit Court
The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has just denied a motion put forth that would allow same-sex marriages to resume in the state while the constitutionality of controversial Prop 8 awaits its fate in the Supreme Court.Plaintiffs in the case of Perry v. Brown/Coleman v. Brown (formerly v. Schwarzenegger, when the case began under prior governorship) had asked the court to allow gay marriages to resume because they believed that while Prop 8 had yet to be declared unconstitutional, it also had not been deemed acceptable by the court.
The motion was backed by state Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, who wrote to the court earlier this month, arguing:
that as long as same-sex couples are being denied the right to marry, "the due process and equal protection rights of same-sex couples will continue to be violated, perpetuating unconstitutional discrimination."
Harris, as well as those opposed to Proposition 8, believe that the decision of Judge Vaughan Walker that the ballot measure is unconstitutional will be upheld as the case moves forward through the legal system.
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.