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Attorney General Asks Court to Allow Same Sex Marriages to Resume

Married couple Diane Olson and Robin Tyler, who brought forward the lawsuit that led to gay marriage being legalized in 2008. (Tom Andrews/LAist) While the ultimate fate and legitimacy of California's Propositon 8 remains to be decided, today Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has asked he Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to dismiss its order prohibiting same-sex marriages until the appeal case is resolved. Should Harris' request be granted, California could resume performing...

Prop 8 Battle Could Be Waged in CA Supreme Court

Nadia Chayka, left, and her fiance Luke Otterstad, both proponents of Proposition 8, hold up a sign outside of the Phillip Burton Federal Building in San Francisco, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010 (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) The legal battle to determine if California will uphold or reject the passing of Proposition 8, the same-sex marriage ban approved by voters in November 2008, continues today, as a federal appeals court "has asked the California Supreme Court to...

Same-Sex Marriage Ban Returns to Court of Appeals Today

The legal debate over the legality of ruling California's Proposition 8, the same-sex marriage ban, unconstitutional resumes today in San Francisco as a judicial panel convenes to hear oral arguments. This morning at 10, arguments are set to be heard by a panel of three judges on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in an effort to determine if a previous ruling by Judge Vaughan Walker should be upheld.

Prop 8 Hearing Adjourned. What's Next for Same-Sex Marriage?

During a hearing today before a three-judge panel before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, arguments were presented in an effort to determine what the next steps are in the legal battle to uphold, or strike down, California's controversial same-sex marriage ban, Proposition 8. The hearing was broadcast over C-SPAN, an usual instance of cameras allowed in a Federal court. "Charles Cooper, a lawyer who argued in favor of Prop. 8, said...

Prop 8 Supporters Ask Judge to Be Removed From Panel

Nadia Chayka, left, and her fiance Luke Otterstad, both proponents of Proposition 8, hold up a sign outside of the Phillip Burton Federal Building in San Francisco, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010 (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) Monday, December 6th is a date long-awaited by those following the ongoing legal battle over California's Proposition 8, which ostensibly banned same-sex marriage in the state back in November 2008, as that is the date when oral arguments for the...

Judge Refuses to Step Down From Prop 8 Panel

Judge Stephen Reinhardt is refusing to step down from the three-judge panel that will hear oral arguments Monday on Proposition 8, California's controversial same-sex marriage ban, according to LA Now. Last night proponents of the prop filed a motion requesting he withdraw, citing his marriage to the ACLU's Ramona Ripston as a conflict of interest, since the organization has been supportive of same-sex marriage. In his written response, Reinhardt said: "I will be able...

Appeals Court to Hear Prop 8 Arguments on December 6th

AP Photo/Jeff Chiu The Federal Appeals Court today announced that oral arguments for the appeal of Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in California, will be heard at 10 a.m. on December 6th. Prop 8 backers are appealing a lower court desicion from August where Judge Vaughn Walker's August struck the voter-approved initiative down, calling it unconstitutional. The American Foundation for Equal Rights, which filed a lawsuit against the state to fight Prop 8,...

Backers of Gay Marriage Ban Urge Court to Overturn Prop 8 Decision

At the rally following the district court's ruling striking down Prop 8 (more photos and story here) | Photo by Tom Andrews/LAist Just hours before the deadline on Friday, proponents of California's gay marriage ban filed written arguments detailing why a federal appeals court should overturn a lower court's decision that found the law unconstitutional. The 134-page brief from the backers of Prop 8, the voter-approved measure that banned same-sex marriage in 2008, "alleged...

County Clerk Will Extend Hours on Wednesday to Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

At West Hollywood's marriage park in June 2008 | Photo by Tom Andrews/LAist If the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit doesn't stop gay marriages from beginning on Wednesday afternoon, county officials are ready to marry gay couples. Dean Logan, L.A. County's Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (RR/CC), announced today that office hours at the Norwalk headquarters would be extended on Wednesday. Gay marriages will be permitted on Wednesday starting at 5 p.m. Logan said...

No Gay Marriages in California For Now, Federal Court Rules [Updated]

A Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel of judges ruled today that enforcement of Prop 8, which banned gay marriage in California, will continue until at least December. Federal District Judge Vaughn Walker set Prop 8 to expire on Wednesday, meaning same sex marriages could be performed beginning at 5 p.m. if the higher court did not block them. And indeed, they did step in, but agreeing to quickly push the case through the...

9th Circuit Court Launches Prop 8 Webpage, Prop 8 Backers File Emergency Appeal

At the Prop 8 rally following Walker's ruling blocking Prop 8 (read and see more photos here) | Photo by Tom Andrews/LAist And let round two begin. Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit dedicated a section of their website to the case challenging Prop 8, which banned gay marriage in California. "Due to the level of interest in this case, this site has been created to notify the media and...

Judge Will Lift Stay, but Gay Couples Can't Marry Immediately [Updated]

At "Marriage Park" in WeHo, June 2008 | Photo by Tom Andrews/LAist [Updated: It appears initial reports from LogoTV and scenes from outside the courthouse were only one part of the story, something that was too early for celebration. As the LA Times explained it, the judge "refused to permanently stay his ruling overturning Proposition 8's ban of gay marriage but extended a temporary hold to give supporters time to appeal the historic ruling."...

Gay Marriage Foes Want to Impeach Judge Who Overturned Prop 8

U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker (AP Photo/San Francisco Daily Journal, S.Todd Rogers) Just like Lawyer David Boies warned, Judge Vaughn Walker's ruling to overturn Prop 8 would have critics attacking everything but what's in his 138-page decision. Today the American Family Association called for its members to work towards impeaching Federal District Court Judge Vaughn Walker. "Since marriage policy is not established anywhere in the federal Constitution, defining marriage, according to the 10th Amendment,...

Let Gays Marry Now, Say Schwarzenegger and Brown to Judge

Now that Prop 8 has been overruled in a federal district court, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown are voicing their opposition to a stay, which is keeping the ban on gay marriages in effect. Judge Vaughn Walker granted the hold on his ruling to accept arguments from gay marriage foes this morning. Schwarzenegger's briefing said that Prop 8 supporters "argue a stay is necessary because issuing gender-neutral marriage licenses will 'place...

PDF of Prop 8 Decision Goes Viral in 24 Minutes

News of U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker's decision to overturn Proposition 8 (today's coverage: 'Overturned', 'What They're Saying', and 'Can't Marry Yet') spread like wildfire online, becoming one of the most rapidly shared documents in internet history.

Antonovich Lambasts Overturning of Prop 8 as Judicial Tyranny

Antonovich Joining the many politicians, officials, and leaders issuing statements about this afternoon's ruling that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional is Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, who says that "activist" Judge Vaughn R Walker's decision is a form of judicial tyranny. In an statement distributed by email, Antonovich shares his position: ANTONOVICH SAYS ACTIVIST JUDGE OVERTURNING PROPOSITION 8 EVIDENCE OF JUDICIAL TYRANNY: “To address the issues raised by the courts, Proposition 8 was...

Backers of Same-Sex Marriage Ban File Appeal Against Prop 8 Ruling

As expected, supporters of the ban on same-sex marriage in California "have formally appealed a federal judge's ruling striking down the voter-approved law," reports the Sacramento Bee. Yesterday, Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that Prop 8 "violates federal equal protections and due process laws," deeming it unconstitutional. Celebrations were rampant in the state--and nation--including locally in West Hollywood, following the release of Walker's ruling, however it was clear to many close to the issue that...

Photos: Hundreds Gather in WeHo with Prop 8 Plaintiffs & Lawyers to Celebrate Judge's Ruling

About 300 people gathered in West Hollywood Park Wednesday night to celebrate the federal ruling in favor of gay marriage. The American Foundation of Equal Rights, which brought forward the case Perry v. Schwarzenegger, hosted the event, bringing together the plaintiffs, lawyers, politicians and celebrities. About a dozen people spoke -- all with smiles, some with tears -- about the huge step that was just taken. But they warned it was only a step. "So...

Prop 8 Overturned, Banning Gay Marriage Ruled Unconstitutional

The Day of Decision Protest in Hollywood on May 26, 2009 (more photos here) | Photo by Tom Andrews/LAist Judge Vaughn Walker today overturned Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in California, calling it unconstitutional. "Plaintiffs have demonstrated by overwhelming evidence that Proposition 8 violates their due process and equal protection rights and that they will continue to suffer these constitutional violations until state officials cease enforcement of Proposition 8," Walker wrote in his...

Judge Stays Decision, Same Sex Couples Can't Marry Yet

Although today's Prop 8 ruling said "California is able to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples," that may not be happening immediately. Supporters of traditional marriage Tuesday night filed papers requesting Federal Judge Vaughn Walker to stay his decision if he ruled banning gay marriage unconstitutional. "A stay is essential to averting the harms that would flow from another purported window of same-sex marriage in California," they wrote. Walker today temporarily stayed his order...

Prop 8 Decision to be Announced Wednesday [Updated]

The Day of Decision Protest in Hollywood on May 26, 2009 (more photos here) | Photo by Tom Andrews/LAist [Decision Update: The judge has overturned Prop 8, ruling it to be unconstitutional. Read the full story here.] The judge presiding over the federal trial challenging Prop 8, which banned same sex marriage in California, will announce his decision on Wednesday, according to the Sacramento Bee. No specific release time has been mentioned, but sources...

Everything You Need to Know About Prop 8 in Just a Few Minutes

SFist's Matt Baume, who also runs Stop8.org, has produced this great video recapping nearly two years of the measure that banned gay marriage in California. The video comes as the world awaits the decision from the federal trial challenging Prop 8's constitutionality. When will that verdict be announced? It's anyone's guess. If you want to be one of the first to know, the American Foundation for Equal Rights, which is the organization representing the...

Quick Guide to Today's Prop 8 Closing Arguments

The Day of Decision Protest in Hollywood on May 26, 2009 (more photos here) | Photo by Tom Andrews/LAist It was two years today that gay marriages became legal in California. And it was just a little over a year ago that Prop 8, which banned same sex marriages, was upheld by the California Supreme Court. A day after that, the filing challenging the constitutionally of the prop was announced and here we are...

In Prop 8 Trial, Judge Asks About Churches Trying to 'Enforce Private Morality'

U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker (AP Photo/San Francisco Daily Journal, S.Todd Rogers) Tomorrow is the big day. Lawyers from both sides of the issue will present their closing arguments in the federal court case challenging Prop 8, which banned gay marriage in 2008. Additionally, Judge Vauhn Walker asked a series of questions to both sides (some to each side and some for both to answer). One of the questions given to the plaintiffs --...

Schedule Set for Closing Arguments in Federal Prop 8 Trial

Plaintiff Attorney Theodore Olson, left, speaks in front of attorney David Boies, right, during a news conference in San Francisco in January (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) By next week Wednesday, LA Pride will have come and gone, but the current issue surrounding equality will still be in question. Today the federal court released the schedule for closing arguments in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the case that is challenging the constitutionality of Prop 8, the ban on...

On One Year Anniversary of Prop 8 Trial, House & Key Senate Panel Vote to Repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell

AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli The House and Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday voted to repeal the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, which frowns upon gays serving openly in the military. California's legislature officially opposed the policy on Thursday as well and a full U.S. Senate vote could happen today. That makes is a big week for gay rights and yesterday's news fell on the one year anniversary of the federal Prop 8 case. "We just...

Federal Prop 8 Trial Closing Arguments Set for June

Closing arguments in the federal case challenging Prop 8, which banned gay marriage in California, will be heard sometime in June. Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker threw out June 16th as a possible date, but an exact date and time will be determined once attorneys and the court hash out their schedules. As for when a decision will be announced, it's up to Walker discretion. He could announce his decision five minutes or five...

Judge Orders Release of Confidential Prop 8 Campaign Docs, ACLU to Appeal Decision

Get ready to see some dirty laundry aired. On Monday Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker ordered gay marriage advocacy groups to turn over campaign materials from the election fight over Proposition 8, "a move that could prolong the legal challenge to California's ban on gay nuptials." What does this mean? Well, this means that the ACLU and EQCA must turn over previously confidential campaign docs. They had objected but Walker got mad and...

The Prop 8 Trial is Over, Now We Wait...

The case against Prop 8, which banned gay marriage in California, in federal court finished last week and it's safe to say, however may Judge Vaughn Walker rule, this is not the end. Appeals will definitely be made and all signs point indicate that it will be the backers of the Prop who will be making the appeal. Perhaps the writing was already on the wall during a pre-trial hearing when the Prop 8 folks asked for a summary judgement:

Prop 8 Trial: Day 11 Recap & Day 12 Preview

Week 3 of the federal case against Prop 8, which banned gay marriage in California, continues on today with the defense--the sponsors of the initiative---presenting their case. Here's what each legal team is saying about the case: Plaintiffs via e-mail (pro gay marriage): "The trial is culminating with the defendants' own witnesses making the plaintiffs' case, and crumbling under cross examination."

Prop 8 Trial: Day 10 Recap & Day 11 Preview

Now that the defense is presenting their case to legitimize Prop 8, which banned gay marriage in California, things are getting extremely interesting. Here's what happened yesterday in the courtroom, as told by each sides' legal teams.

Prop 8 Trial: Day 9 Recap & Day 10 Preview

The case against Prop 8, which banned gay marriage in California, continues today in a federal district court. The plaintiffs (pro gay marriage) are expected to rest their case with documents and videos that reinforce points made during the first two weeks of trial. As for Friday, here's what happened and what each side is saying, per the plaintiff legal team and the defendants: From the Plaintiffs (e-mail): "Taking the stand on Friday was...

Prop 8 Trial: Day 8 Recap & Day 9 Preview

Boy, was yesterday a doozy in the case against Prop 8, which banned gay marriage in California. Yesterday, one of the official sponsors of the initiative was brought up to the stand as well as another expert from the plaintiff's side. Here's a little recap, per the plaintiff legal team:

Prop 8 Trial: Day 7 Recap & Day 8 Preview

Here we are on day 8 of the federal court case challenging Prop 8, which banned gay marriage in California. Lots has happened outside the case--Cindy McCain siding with the plaintiffs, Prop 8 experts dropping, all which we'll get to soon--but here is a wrap up of yesterday and what's happening today, per the plaintiff's legal team: Ryan Kendall, a gay man who was forced into “conversion therapy” as a teenager, took the stand...

Prop 8 Trial: Day 6 Recap & Day 7 Preview

The Federal trial challenging Prop 8, which banned gay marriage in California, is already in session this morning. Here's some of what happened yesterday, via the plaintiff's legal team: Testifying yesterday under the direct examination of San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera was Jerry Sanders, the current Republican Mayor and former Police Chief of the City of San Diego. He spoke about his decision, as Mayor, to support the City of San Diego’s participation...

Prop 8 Trial: Day 6 Preview & Day 5 Recap

The holiday weekend over and the Federal trial against Prop 8, which banned gay marriage in California, is back in its second week. The plaintiffs are still calling in witness experts and here's who is expected today and tomorrow, in order of appearance: Jerry Sanders, the current Republican Mayor and former Police Chief of the City of San Diego who is the father of a lesbian daughter. He will testify about his decision, as Mayor, to support the City of San Diego’s participation in an amicus brief advocating against the exclusion of same-sex couples...

Prop 8 Trial to be Aired on YouTube... Reenacted by Actors

After the U.S. Supreme Court blocked a video feed and YouTube uploads of the Federal Prop 8 trial, one Los Angeles man has found a way around it. "Freelance journalist and filmmaker John Ireland, who's based in Los Angeles and regularly examines gay rights issues, will produce a daily re-enactment of the Proposition 8 federal trial and post it on YouTube, starting this week," reported the LA Weekly over the weekend. "The U.S. Supreme...

Prop 8 Trial: Day 4 Recap, Day 5 Preview

Today will mark the end of the first week of the federal trial challenging Prop 8, which banned gay marriage in California. Here's quick recap from yesterday and a list of who is expected to take the stand today. As always, the Courage Campaign's live blog has been a great source for the trial. Dr. Edmund Egan, Chief Economist for the City and County of San Francisco, testified that Proposition 8 is a drain...

Expert Testifies on Children Raised by Gay Couples in Prop 8 Trial

In the federal trial challenging the legality of Prop 8, which banned gay marriage in California, testimony today by a professor from Cambridge University suggested couples, gay or not, can raise equally healthy children. "We have a substantial body of evidence documenting that a child being raised by same-sex parents are just as likely to be well-adjusted as children raised by heterosexual parents," testified Dr. Michael Lamb, a Professor and Head of the Department...

The Federal Prop 8 Trial: Day 3 Recap & Day 4 Preview

It's the fourth day of the federal Prop 8 trial and more experts brought in by the plaintiffs (two gay couples) will go on the stand. Here's a quick recap of yesterday, thanks to the Courage Campaign's live blog: George Chauncey, PhD, a professor at Yale University and expert on the history of discrimination against gays, continued his testimony from Tuesday afternoon. The most explosive portion came during the redirect examination by plaintiff-intervener San...

(In Defense of) The Loathe That Dare Not Speak Its Name

It's easy to indulge in casual stereotyping, and to accuse the opponents of gay marriage of "bigotry," "homophobia," "a stunning lack of historical knowledge" or "total failure to show basic decency." You might even point out that their arguments against the legality of gay marriage "don't make any fucking sense." But friends, that kind of rhetoric is just the same old hatred rearing its ugly head, hatred which America's political left must finally admit to, and confront.

The Federal Prop 8 Trial: Day 2 Recap & Day 3 Preview

The third day of proceedings in the federal Prop 8 trial is already in session. Here's a quick recap of yesterday based on the Courage Campaign's live blog: Nancy Cott, PhD, the Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History at Harvard University, on the history of marriage continued her testimony on marriage in America. A key point of hers was that marriage became a gender neutral institution once women rights and their place in society...

Final Decision: Supreme Court Blocks Taping of Prop 8 Trial

In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court today voted to indefinitely blocked cameras from the federal Prop 8 trial, currently in its third day, the Associated Press is reporting. The two lower courts approved a live feed to selected court houses outside of San Francisco, including an approved a delayed YouTube feed by district court Judge Vaughn Walker. Gay marriage advocates said it would bring transparency to the trial, but case defendants, the backers...

Deposition Reveals Disturbing Tactics: 'After Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage, They Want to Legalize Prostitution. What will Be Next? On Their Agenda List is: Legalize Having Sex with Children.'

The Day of Decision Protest in Hollywood on May 26, 2009 (more photos here) | Photo by Tom Andrews/LAist It is now becoming apparent why Dr. William Tam, a defendant-intervener and official proponent of Prop 8, which banned gay marriage in California, wanted to be excused from the trial. He stated that he feared for his life and family in his request to the court last Friday. Today during the redirect examination of Yale...

Video: Conservative & Gay Rights Attorney, Ted Olson, on Prop 8

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy The historic fight over gay marriage began a new chapter yesterday, as the federal trial over Prop 8, which banned gay marriage in California, saw its first day. Some of the first words heard were of Ted Olson, a major conservative figure who was President George Bush's appointed United States Solicitor General and lawyer in Bush v. Gore. Despite his background, the California...

Day 1 Recap of the Federal Prop 8 Trial

As the second day of the trial moves forward, let's quickly look back at yesterday's proceedings, based on the Courage Campaign's live blog: Opening statements were made by lawyers on each side. Ted Olson for the plaintiffs talked about the unconstitutionally of Prop 8, which banned same sex marriage in California. The Defendents' lead counsel, Chris Cooper, talked about how marriage is a “Pro-child” institution that is meant between a man and a woman...

Prop 8 Defendants: 'God’s institution of marriage' is on Trial

Protectmarriage.com last night sent out an e-mail following up on the first day of the trial over Prop 8, which the group sponsored and ultimately won, banning gay marriage in California. The letter, written by Executive Director Ron Prentice, is quite revealing, especially this paragraph: Never did I think I would see the day where God’s institution of marriage - the most stabilizing, pro-family, child-benefiting institution in human history - would be on trial before...

Supreme Court Blocks Video Recording of Gay Marriage Trial

The Supreme Court has just announced they are blocking the video recording and broadcast of the controversial same-sex marriage trial set to begin later today in San Francisco, according to an AP report. The court has said they will not permit video to be broadcast on YouTube, even with a tape delay, because the justices need more time to consider the matter. The blocking holds until at least Wednesday. Those opposed to the video...

Guide: The Federal Prop 8 Trial

It's January 11th, 8:30 a.m. and the historic case challenging Proposition 8 is just beginning in San Francisco with opening statements followed by testimony from the plaintiffs, who are two couples that were denied marriage licenses because of Proposition 8. A lot has happened since same-sex marriage was legalized in California back on May 15, 2008; so let's recap and dive into the case.

Live Blogging the Prop 8 Trial

Although Judge Walker received hundreds of thousands of public comments (to be exact, there were 138,542 in favor and 32 opposed) to broadcasting the Federal Prop 8 trial, people across the country were denied that opportunity after the Supreme Court this morning blocked taping until at least Wednesday when a final decision would be made. However, The Courage Campaign, which supports gay marriage, is live blogging from the courthouse. If you know of any...

9th Circuit Says Cameras Allowed in Prop 8 Trial Courtroom

The Day of Decision Protest in Hollywood on May 26 (more photos here) | Photo by Tom Andrews/LAist Following Judge Vaughn R. Walker's decision to allow a court-run camera tape the Prop 8 trial for a delayed upload to YouTube, supporters of the measure that banned gay marriage tried to delay the trial, citing how the move violated federal court rules and would intimidate witnesses called to the stand. It didn't work. "A three-judge...

Prop 8 Proponents Ask Supreme Court to Block Camera Coverage

After losing the bid to block cameras from the Prop 8 trial twice, supporters of the measure that banned gay marriage in California have submitted a last-minute emergency application to the Supreme Court asking Justice Kennedy to block the cameras.

Prop 8 Hearing Today about Cameras in the Courtroom

Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker of the U.S. District Court in Northern California today will hear testimony from both sides about letting cameras into the courtroom in the case against Prop 8, which banned gay marriage in California. Walker is expected to make a decision on Friday, after receiving public input via letters and petitions (we posted about one yesterday).

Judge Says Prop 8 Trial Can Be 'Televised' on YouTube

Photo by Tom Andrews/LAist (more photos here) Judge Vaughn R. Walker split the baby today and decided to let the trial against Prop 8, which banned gay marriage in California, be videotaped by the court and uploaded to YouTube later in the day, according to the LA Times. Plaintiffs advocated for televising the historic trial, but proponents of Prop 8 said they were concerned with witnesses feeling intimated by millions of viewers. The cameras...

Gay Marriage Proponents Want Federal Prop 8 Trial to be Televised

Photo by Tom Andrews/LAist (more photos here) We have to agree with the Courage Campaign on this one. This historic trial about Prop 8, which banned gay marriage in California, should be televised. From the organization's e-mail alert today: U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker -- who will be overseeing a federal court challenge to Prop 8 starting this Monday (January 11) -- is considering whether or not to open the court room to...

Was Prop 8 Passed with 'Discriminatory Intent'?

Photo by Eheartsart/LAist Featured Photos on Flickr As the federal court case about Prop 8, which banned gay marriage last year, nears, lawyers representing two gay couples are seeking internal communications from campaign proponents in order to prove the law was proposed and established with "discriminatory intent." A San Francisco-based federal judge approved such a discovery for the case, which begins on January 11th, but Prop 8 proponents appealed, citing a violation of their...

Backers of Gay Marriage Ban Lose Dismissal Challenge, Prop 8 Case Moves Forward

After the legality of Prop 8 was upheld in May, protesters took to the streets (more photos here) | Photo by Tom Andrews/LAist Foes of gay marriage tried to get a U.S. District Judge to dismiss a case against Proposition 8, a voter-approved initiative that reinstated a ban on gay marriage last November. As expected, Judge Vaughn Walker denied the motion, which means a court case could begin as early as January, according to...

Prop 8 Backers Want Federal Case Dismissed, Judge to Hear Arguments Today

The fourth hearing over a pending federal court case challenging the legality of Prop 8, which banned gay marriage in California, will take place in San Francisco today. Backers of the ban are asking U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn R. Walker to dismiss the challenge because the law is clearly written and, get this, "there is no constitutional right for gays and lesbians to marry because marriage has long been defined as a union...

The 2nd Hearing of the Prop 8 Challenge Begins

The Day of Decision Protest in Hollywood on May 26 (more photos here) | Photo by Tom Andrews/LAist It's just after 10 a.m. and case against the unconstitutionality of Prop 8, which banned gay marriage in California, is being heard for the second time in a federal district court in San Francisco. Before the first hearing in July, Judge Vaughn R. Walker said "given that serious questions are raised in these proceedings ... the...

Prop 8 Goes to Federal Court on Thursday

Prop 8 Chalk Advocacy found on Hollywood Blvd. after the CA Supreme Court Ruling | Photo by Tom Andrews/LAist In a move that some feel is risky, Prop 8 will be tested in Federal Court Thursday when it will go before U.S. District Court Chief Judge Vaughn Walker in the Northern District of California, according to Karen Ocamb at The Bilerico Project. Formerly lawyers who fought against each other in the Bush vs. Gore...

Bush vs. Gore Attorneys Team up to Fight Prop 8 in Federal Court

Two top attorneys who argued Bush v. Gore on opposite sides have now joined forces to strike down Prop 8 in federal court, filing for a preliminary injunction against same-sex marriage ban until the case is resolved, which would immediately reinstate the right for all Californians to marry. Theodore B. Olson and David will officially announce their case tomorrow morning in downtown, according to the American Foundation for Equal Rights. Olson, a former U.S....

New Ads Say 'No on Prop 8' More Effectively

Finally. After a barrage of slanderous and fear-mongering commercials from the Yes on Prop 8 campaign, and somewhat tepid and underwhelming ads from the No on Prop 8 campaign, it is heartening to see positive and effective messaging put forth by these witty videos by Margaret Cho, Molly Ringwald, and friends, in the style of the Mac vs PC ads. The first video is posted above, the rest, below....

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