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Published: 04/25/11

Judge's Gay Partner Raised in Proposition 8 Appeal

By  not in system - AOL News
Judge's Gay Partner Raised in Proposition 8 Appeal

SAN FRANCISCO -- Proponents of California's same-sex marriage ban filed a motion Monday asking that the historic ruling be overturned because the federal judge who struck down Proposition 8 was in a long-term relationship with another man. Lawyers for the ban's backers said in the motion in San Francisco's U.S. District Court that Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker should have removed himself from the case, or at least disclosed his relationship status, because his "impartiality might reasonably be questioned." Elaine Thompson, AP The sponsors of California's same-sex...

Published: 08/17/10

Opinion: The Tyranny of the Majority

By  Philip Bump - AOL News
Opinion: The Tyranny of the Majority

(Aug. 17) -- In the two most frequently and passionately debated political issues of the past few weeks -- the rejection of California's Proposition 8 and the planned mosque and cultural center in lower Manhattan -- there is a common thread: claims by those in disagreement that those decisions are counter to the will of the people. Such claims are understandable. Proposition 8, after all, was passed by a majority of those Californians who voted, and polling consistently demonstrates that, outside of Manhattan, the Cordoba House project is highly unpopular. But what is without merit is the...

Published: 08/13/10

Debate: Government Needs to Renew Its Marriage Vows

By  Bob Maistros - AOL News
Debate: Government Needs to Renew Its Marriage Vows

(Aug. 13) -- There they go again. Following last week's federal court decision tossing out Proposition 8 -- California's constitutional amendment defining marriage as uniting one man and one woman -- we're witnessing a new surge of throw-up-your-hands assertions from conservatives and liberals alike that government should resolve the issue by "getting out of the marriage business." After all, traditional matrimony is one of many alternative living arrangements adults should be free to enter without Big Brother peeking into their bedrooms. Besides, marriage isn't doing so hot: divorce rates...

Published: 08/12/10

Judge Keeps Same-Sex Nuptials on Hold, for Now

By  not in system - AOL News
Judge Keeps Same-Sex Nuptials on Hold, for Now

The federal judge in California who last week struck down the state's same-sex marriage ban ruled Thursday that local officials there still do not have the legal authority to marry same-sex couples for at least another week....

Published: 08/12/10

Prop 8: Same-Sex Marriages Delayed At Least Six More Days

By  Andrew Cohen - Politics Daily
Prop 8: Same-Sex Marriages Delayed At Least Six More Days

The federal judge in California who last week struck down the state's same-sex marriage ban ruled Thursday that local officials there still do not have the legal authority to marry same-sex couples for at least six more days. In an 11-page order, U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker denied a request by supporters of Proposition 8 to keep the marriage ban in place pending their appeal of his landmark 136-page ruling. But at the same time, the veteran judge, an appointee of both Ronald Reagan and the first President George Bush, gave same-sex marriage opponents six days, to the end of business on...

Published: 08/12/10

Judge Walker Says Calif. Gays Can Wed Soon; America Moves Toward Acceptance

By  David Knowles - AOL News
Judge Walker Says Calif. Gays Can Wed Soon; America Moves Toward Acceptance

(Aug. 12) -- The incoming tide shows no signs of turning. On Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that legally recognized marriages of gay and lesbian couples living in California can resume on Aug. 18, the Los Angeles Times reported. Walker's directive comes after the state's governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and its attorney general, Jerry Brown, each filed motions to allow same-sex marriages to once again be performed in the Golden State. Following Walker's ruling against Proposition 8, supporters of the amendment to California's Constitution, which defined marriage as...

Published: 08/12/10

California Gay Couples Lining Up for Marriage Licenses Ahead of Walker Ruling

By  David Knowles - AOL News
California Gay Couples Lining Up for Marriage Licenses Ahead of Walker Ruling

(Aug. 12) -- In anticipation of U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker's ruling on whether gays and lesbians can immediately resume the practice of same-sex marriage, anticipated within hours, some couples have begun lining up to get a license at the first possible opportunity. Walker is expected to issue his ruling on whether to grant or deny a stay on same-sex marriage following his verdict that struck down Proposition 8, the amendment to California's constitution that denied gays and lesbians the right to marry. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, at least 15 couples arrived at San...

Published: 08/5/10

Prop. 8 Ruling Puts Obama, Kagan in Spotlight

By  Andrea Stone - AOL News
Prop. 8 Ruling Puts Obama, Kagan in Spotlight

WASHINGTON (Aug. 5) -- A federal judge's decision overturning California's voter-approved ban on gay marriage may take years to get to the U.S. Supreme Court. But the political fallout has already begun. Judge Vaughn Walker's 136-page ruling eviscerating Proposition 8 as unconstitutional brought roaring back to life a divisive social issue that a few years ago dominated political discourse but had recently taken a back to seat to economic anxiety. And its timing, on the eve of Elena Kagan's Senate confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, is a reminder that the issue won't be settled until nine...

Published: 08/5/10

Opinion: You Call This Marriage?

By  Alexander Chee - AOL News
Opinion: You Call This Marriage?

(Aug. 5) -- The week of the decision on Proposition 8 was also the week of the decision on "The Bachelorette." Ali Fedotowsky said yes to Roberto Martinez, one out of 25 who competed for the chance. Us Weekly had already reported that Roberto moved his insurance business to California, where the two contestants will go to live, apparently in San Diego. There could be no more perfect metaphor for the state of modern marriage this week. In the U.S., a couple who barely know each other can marry in a publicly validated media spectacle with a sound track, soft lighting, promotional deals and a...

Published: 08/5/10

Opinion: For Same-Sex Marriage Opponents, a Catch-22

By  Bob Maistros - AOL News
Opinion: For Same-Sex Marriage Opponents, a Catch-22

(Aug. 5) -- In Joseph Heller's famed novel, an Air Force bombardier named Yossarian and his mates are confronted with a downright Kafkaesque rule: if a pilot was crazy, he could avoid combat missions. But if he wanted to be grounded, it was clear he wasn't crazy. Thus entered into the vernacular a phrase signifying circular reasoning that traps its victims in an inescapable double-bind. Opponents of same-sex marriage, meet Catch-22. In November 2008, California citizens enacted Proposition 8, defining marriage as constituting a union between one man and one woman. In fact, the tally in...

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