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Legislation updates California marriage laws

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
California
California's family laws would reflect the legality of same-sex marriage under a bill headed to the governor's desk. A bill passed the state Assembly on Monday removes language from the family code that says marriage must be "between a man ...

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U.S. Supreme Court rejects challenge to Calif. law banning ‘gay cure’ therapy

Monday, June 30, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for enforcement of a first-of-its-kind California law that bars psychological counseling aimed at turning gay minors straight. The justices turned aside a legal challenge brought by supporters of so-called conversion ...

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Ninth Circuit denies ‘en banc’ review of ‘heightened scrutiny’ ruling for gays

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld an earlier decision by a three-judge panel which stated that gays and lesbians could not be excluded from jury duty on the basis of their sexual orientation, a ruling that ...

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California legislature honors George Takei as part of LGBT Pride celebration

Monday, June 23, 2014
George Takei
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Former "Star Trek" actor George Takei is being recognized by the California Legislature as part of its celebration of LGBT Pride Month. In the Assembly, the introduction for Takei noted his work in improving relations between the ...

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Autopsy reveals no clues into suspicious death of transgender woman

Sunday, June 22, 2014
Zoraida Reyes
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Police are no closer to determining the cause of death of a transgender woman whose body was found June 12 behind a Dairy Queen restaurant in Anaheim, Calif. An autopsy did not reveal any obvious fatal injuries ...

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San Francisco Archbishop spurns appeals to skip anti-gay marriage rally

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Roman Catholic archbishop of San Francisco said Monday it's his duty to proclaim "the truth about marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife," even when those views are unpopular. The comment by Archbishop Salvatore ...

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First lesbian leader of California Assembly opens up on LGBT rights

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Toni Atkins
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, the first lesbian to lead a house of the California Legislature, said Tuesday that more work needs to be done to promote tolerance of gays and lesbians, especially in rural America. Atkins says ...

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Pelosi to SF Archbishop: Marriage march is ‘venom masquerading as virtue’

Monday, June 16, 2014
U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)
U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has joined a high-profile lobbying effort to pressure San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone to skip the upcoming "March for Marriage" event, calling it "venom masquerading as virtue." ...

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SF Pride to honor Chelsea Manning, ban National Guard over transgender policy

Saturday, June 14, 2014
Participants in San Francisco's 2013 pride parade celebrate Chelsea Manning, who was chosen as an honorary grand marshall last year, then suddenly drop amid controversy surrounding that decision.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Organizers of San Francisco have banned the National Guard from participating in this year's festival in response to the military's ban on openly transgender service members, and instead will celebrate a controversial transgender Army private who leaked ...

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Calif. officials, community leaders urge Archbishop not to attend anti-gay rally

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Salvatore Cordileone
SAN FRANCISCO – Top California and San Francisco officials, along with faith, LGBT and civil rights leaders, are calling on San Francisco Catholic Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone to cancel his participation in an upcoming march and rally against marriage equality for ...

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