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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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Partisan split marks same-sex marriage cases before U.S. Supreme Court

Saturday, March 16, 2013
WASHINGTON — No Democratic attorney general in a state that prohibits same-sex couples from marrying has signed onto a legal filing asking the Supreme Court to uphold California's constitutional ban on gay marriage. No Republican attorney general is asking the ...

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Obama administration lawyer to take part in Prop 8 arguments at Supreme Court

Friday, March 15, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court agreed on Friday to let an Obama administration lawyer take part in the argument on March 26 on the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage in that state. ...

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NOM board chairman says families with adopted children are ‘second best’

Thursday, March 14, 2013
John Eastman
Just two weeks before the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments on the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California's ban on same-sex marriage, National Organization for Marriage (NOM) Board Chairman John Eastman referred to ...

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Diverse U.S. Supreme Court justices, families mirror country

Thursday, March 14, 2013
The varied family portraits of the U.S. Supreme Court justices are somewhat at odds with the arguments of gay marriage opponents who stress the unique ability of heterosexual couples to have babies as a reason to uphold bans on same-sex ...

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AFA president: Overturning DOMA and Prop 8 may lead to hate speech laws

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Tim Wildmon
During the debate over the Shepard-Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act, Religious Right groups like the American Family Association warned that the law would “criminalize negative comments concerning homosexuality” and “take away our religious freedoms.” ...

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A gay dad’s bittersweet, belated Valentine to Meg Whitman

Monday, March 4, 2013
Meg Whitman
Last week was extraordinary. The issue of same sex marriage was discussed more intelligently than ever before. In depth thought and information, including an outstanding synopsis by the American Sociological Association, appeared as amici briefs filed with the U.S. Supreme ...

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Attorneys in historic same-sex marriage case sign book deal

Saturday, March 2, 2013
Ted Olson (left), and David Boies
NEW YORK — The bipartisan legal team leading the fight for same-sex marriage has a book deal. Democrat David Boies and Republican Theodore B. Olson have signed with Viking for "A Just Cause: Law, Love, and the Case for Marriage ...

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Obama: U.S. is experiencing an evolution on same-sex marriage

Friday, March 1, 2013
President Barack Obama speaks to reporters in the White House briefing room in Washington, Friday, March 1, 2013.Photo: Charles Dharapak, AP
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said Friday there was no way he could avoid urging the Supreme Court to overturn the state of California's ban on gay marriage. ...

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State of California weighs in on U.S. Supreme Court challenge to Proposition 8

Thursday, February 28, 2013
The state of California on Thursday filed its own amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court challenge to Proposition 8, the state’s voter approved ban on same-sex marriage. ...

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Obama brief seeks broad Supreme Court ruling overturning Calif. gay marriage ban

Thursday, February 28, 2013
Barack Obama
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to overturn California's ban on same-sex marriage and take a skeptical view of similar bans elsewhere, making a historic argument for gay rights. ...

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