Proposition 8

Proposition 8 was a California ballot proposition and a state constitutional amendment passed by voters in November 2008. The measure added a new provision to the California Constitution, which provides that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” The proposition overturned the California Supreme Court’s June 16, 2008, ruling that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry.

On Aug. 4, 2010, a federal judge ruled that Proposition 8 violated both the Due Process and Equal Protection clauses of the United States Constitution. On Feb. 7, 2012, a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel affirmed the decision that Proposition 8 was unconstitutional. On June 26, 2013, in Hollingsworth v. Perry, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that supporters of the measure did not have the legal standing to appeal the lower court’s ruling, clearing the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California. On June 28, 2013, the Ninth Circuit lifted its stay of the district court’s ruling, and same-sex marriages resumed in California. [ Wikipedia ]

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Book ignites media slugfest over history of marriage equality movement

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
To say there’s been a flurry of discussion around the release of a new book Tuesday on the legal case that challenged California’s Proposition 8 would be an understatement. The book, “Forcing the Spring,” by The New York Times writer Jo Becker, has been thoroughly pilloried by many plugged-in LGBT activists and journalists this week, both publicly and privately. [ Read more → ]
Attorney Charles Cooper, the lawyer who argued before the Supreme Court in favor of upholding California’s ban on gay marriage learned while he was handling the case that one of his children is gay and now is helping her plan her wedding with another woman. Cooper says his view of same-sex marriage is evolving after having argued in court that gay unions could undermine marriages between a man and a woman.

Lawyer who argued in favor of Prop 8 now planning gay daughter’s wedding

Thursday, April 17, 2014
WASHINGTON — The lawyer who argued before the Supreme Court in favor of upholding California's ban on same-sex marriage learned while he was handling the case that one of his children is gay and now is helping her plan her wedding with another woman. [ Read more → ]
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Mozilla CEO resigns amid controversy surrounding anti-gay marriage donation

Thursday, April 3, 2014
Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich is stepping down as CEO after protests of his support of a same-sex marriage ban in California. The Mountain View, Calif.-based nonprofit maker of the Firefox browser had promoted him last week. [ Read more → ]
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Three Mozilla board members resign over CEO who opposes same-sex marriage

Monday, March 31, 2014
Three Mozilla board members have resigned over the selection of Brendan Eich, a Mozilla co-founder, as the company's new chief executive. The resignations are the latest fallout since the announcement last week that Eich -- who in 2008 donated to fight against marriage equality in California -- would lead Mozilla, the developer of the Firefox web browser. [ Read more → ]
Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP (File)Attorneys David Boies, left, and Theodore Olson, address members of the media outside the Supreme Court in Washington on March 26, 2013.

‘Case Against 8’ documents five-year effort to overturn Calif. gay marriage ban

Sunday, January 26, 2014
PARK CITY, Utah — Attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies once argued the Bush v. Gore case in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, but they say fighting California's law prohibiting same-sex marriage is the most significant thing they've done. [ Read more → ]
The "Case Against 8" is behind the scenes documentary of the high-profile trial that overturned California's Proposition 8, the state's controversial ban on same-sex marriage. Pictured: Plaintiffs Kris Perry,  Sandy Stier, Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo.

HBO holds reception for gay couples at ‘The Case Against 8’ Sundance premiere

Saturday, January 18, 2014
PARK CITY, Utah -- Though they are not considered legally married in Utah, several gay and lesbian couples were feted with a wedding celebration as part of HBO's promotion of its upcoming documentary on gay marriage, "The Case Against 8." [ Read more → ]
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Halloween horrors: The ghost of Proposition 8 returns…

Monday, October 14, 2013
The majority of California’s “innocent children” are under attack from a vile, twisted bunch hoping to ogle the opposite sex in the bathroom. Just as in Prop 8, the LGBT community is being equated with pedophiles. That tired old “abnormal” and “sick” paint brush is being used collectively on the trans community, as if simply being different makes one unworthy of equal treatment under the law. ... Given all the similarities to Prop 8 messaging, it’s no surprise that the National Organization for Marriage is behind this petition drive, or that Prop 8′s chief strategist, Frank Schubert, works on this campaign as well. [ Read more → ]
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Prop 8 attorneys join in challenge to overturn Va. same-sex marriage ban

Monday, September 30, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. -- The high-profile legal tandem that brought down California's prohibition on same-sex marriage has joined a challenge of Virginia's constitutional ban on gay marriage. [ Read more → ]
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NOM, Prop. 8 players join bid to repeal Calif. transgender student rights law

Friday, September 20, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- An effort to overturn a new law allowing transgender students to choose which school restrooms they use and whether to play boys or girls sports got a boost Friday when a major player in the passage of California's now-defunct same-sex marriage ban threw its support behind the campaign. [ Read more → ]
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BREAKING: Calif. Supreme Court refuses to revive Prop 8 challenge

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- The California Supreme Court refused Wednesday to halt gay marriages in the state, leaving opponents of same-sex weddings few - if any - legal options to stop the unions. [ Read more → ]
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San Diego county clerk withdraws bid to revive Proposition 8

Saturday, August 3, 2013
SAN DIEGO -- San Diego's county clerk, the man charged with issuing marriage licenses there and the most prominent public figure to move against gay marriage in California since its recent resumption, has withdrawn a legal bid to stop the practice, saying he was ceding the fight to a group that already has a similar challenge pending. [ Read more → ]
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Calif. AG says San Diego clerk’s petition to block gay marriage is ‘improper’

Monday, July 29, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- California Attorney General Kamala Harris says the elected clerk of San Diego County is improperly using the state's legal system to try to prevent same-sex couples from getting married. [ Read more → ]
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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz: Pray to stop the ‘assault on marriage’

Sunday, July 28, 2013
The Christian Broadcasting Network has released more footage from the recent Religious Right summit in Iowa organized by David Lane and featuring speakers like U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.). [ Read more → ]
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Calif. Supreme Court rejects San Diego clerk’s bid to stop gay marriages

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- California's highest court is again refusing to immediately stop the state from sanctioning same-sex marriages. [ Read more → ]
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Calif. AG tells court to reject San Diego clerk’s bid to stop same-sex marriages

Monday, July 22, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- California's chief law enforcement officer urged the state Supreme Court on Monday to refuse once again to stop same-sex marriages while the justices consider a legal bid to revive Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure that banned gay nuptials. [ Read more → ]
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Should states’ rights decide gay rights? Or any rights?

Sunday, July 21, 2013
The citizens of each state want what they want. The people with the money have the power, and they want to mold their cities and towns to their own little standards, with their own little rules, their own little prejudices, and their own little innuendos. Those who struggle to keep their heads above the water have no money which means they have no power and their voice is very rarely, if ever, heard. They are considered “the other,” and the laws are never structured to their benefit ... LGBTQ citizens fall into “the other” category. [ Read more → ]
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San Diego County clerk seeks end to Calif. gay marriages

Friday, July 19, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- A San Diego County government official in charge of issuing marriage licenses asked the state Supreme Court on Friday to stop gay marriages. [ Read more → ]
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Calif. Supreme Court rejects emergency plea to stop gay marriages

Monday, July 15, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- The California Supreme Court is refusing to order the state to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
Marcio Jose Sanchez, APProp 8 lead plaintiffs Sandy Stier, left, exchanges wedding vows with Kris Perry during a ceremony presided by California Attorney General Kamala Harris at City Hall in San Francisco, Friday,  June 28, 2013.

Not giving up: Opponents ask California Supreme Court to stop gay weddings

Friday, July 12, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- Opponents of same-sex marriage demanded Friday that the California Supreme Court immediately halt the practice that recently resumed in the nation's largest state after a nine-year legal battle. [ Read more → ]
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Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling already in use in other cases

Saturday, July 6, 2013
WASHINGTON -- When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of an anti-gay marriage law, Justice Anthony Kennedy took pains in his majority opinion to say the ruling applied only to legally married same-sex couples seeking benefits from the federal government. [ Read more → ]
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Polls: Americans largely unfazed by Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage

Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Two new polls released this week show a majority of Americans support marriage equality for same-sex couples, and are largely unfazed by last week's landmark Supreme Court decisions that struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, and that cleared the way for same-sex marriage to resume in California. [ Read more → ]
Noah Berger, APJoseph and Tim Ginejko hold their 6-month-old twin daughters while watching San Francisco's pride parade on Sunday. The couple, who traveled from Fresno, Calif. for the celebration, wed in 2008.

PHOTOS: Millions flock to pride events just days after Supreme Court rulings

Monday, July 1, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO — Millions of gay rights supporters crowded parade routes in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Seattle, Minneapolis and other major U.S. cities to celebrate what once was unimaginable — two Supreme Court victories on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
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An open letter to all my friends who did not live to see this day…

Sunday, June 30, 2013
This is an open letter that will never see the inside of a mailbox. It is a letter from my heart, being sent to hearts that no longer beat. They are now in the space of the spirit, but I think of them just as I would if they were still beating on the other side of town. The fight for equality that culminated with an enormous milestone this last Wednesday at the U.S. Supreme Court has been waged for a long, long time... [ Read more → ]
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Gay marriage: Efforts to impose bans, and repeal them, take on new intensity

Sunday, June 30, 2013
The Supreme Court's landmark rulings on same-sex marriage have energized activists and politicians on both sides of the debate. Efforts to impose bans, and to repeal them, have taken on new intensity, as have lawsuits by gays demanding the right to marry. [ Read more → ]
Marcio Jose Sanchez, APCynthia Wides, right, and Elizabeth Carey file for a marriage certificate at City Hall in San Francisco on Saturday.

Gay couples line up to marry in Calif., while opponents seek to halt weddings

Saturday, June 29, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- Dozens of couples in jeans, shorts, white dresses and the occasional military uniform filled San Francisco City Hall on Saturday as clerks resumed issuing marriage licenses one day after a federal appeals court removed the last obstacle to making same-sex matrimony legal again in California. [ Read more → ]
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