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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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Marriage News Watch: Calif. anniversary, waiting on Va. ruling, Colo. ban falls

| Monday, July 14, 2014
Noah Berger, APRainbow flags fly in front of San Francisco City Hall, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court decision that cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California.
This week’s Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) marks the one year anniversary of the return of marriage equality in California. It was in late June 2013 that the AFER’s case to overturn Proposition 8 finally concluded and equality was restored. Now, we’re awaiting a ruling in AFER’s Virginia case...

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Looking back at the most historic date in LGBT history…

| Thursday, June 26, 2014
Plaintiff Edith Windsor,of New York, waves to supporters in front of the Supreme Court in Washington on March 27, 2013, after the court heard arguments on her Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)  case. On June 26, 2013, the court struck down a key provision of DOMA that denied federal recognition to married, same-sex couples.
June 26 is the most historic date on the LGBT civil rights movement’s calendar. It is the day in 2003 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states could not enforce laws prohibiting same-sex adults from having intimate relations. It is the day in 2013 when a Supreme Court procedural ruling enabled same-sex couples to marry in California. And it is the day in 2013 ...

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Appeals court: Gay marriage opponents can’t keep campaign donors secret

| Tuesday, May 20, 2014
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Same-sex marriage opponents can't keep the identities of their campaign donors secret, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday in upholding a lower court decision.

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TRAILER: ‘The Case Against 8’

| Friday, May 2, 2014
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"The Case Against 8" takes an inside look at the groundbreaking Supreme Court case that overturned Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage.

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Book ignites media slugfest over history of marriage equality movement

| Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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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.

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

| Thursday, April 17, 2014
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.
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.

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Mozilla CEO resigns amid controversy surrounding anti-gay marriage donation

| Thursday, April 3, 2014
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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.

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Three Mozilla board members resign over CEO who opposes same-sex marriage

| Monday, March 31, 2014
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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.

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

| Sunday, January 26, 2014
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.
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.

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

| Saturday, January 18, 2014
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.
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."

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