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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Gay marriage opponents ask Supreme Court to stop Calif. weddings

Saturday, June 29, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- Less than 24 hours after California started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, lawyers for the sponsors of the state's gay marriage ban filed an emergency motion Saturday asking the U.S. Supreme Court to step in and stop the weddings. [ Read more → ]
Jeff Chiu, APJen Rainin, left, laughs as her wife Frances holds up their dog Punum after they were married at City Hall in San Francisco, Friday, June 28, 2013.

After years of legal battles, gay marriages resume in Calif. with a flurry

Saturday, June 29, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- Same-sex marriages that were outlawed in California 4 1/2 years ago resumed in a rush after a federal appeals court took the "unusual, but not unprecedented," step of freeing couples to obtain marriage licenses, before the U.S. Supreme Court had issued its final judgment in a challenge of the state's voter-approved gay marriage ban. [ Read more → ]
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PHOTOS: Calif. Attorney General presides over wedding of Prop 8 plaintiffs

Friday, June 28, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- Kris Perry and Sandy Steir, lead plaintiffs in the U.S. Supreme Court case that overturned California's same-sex marriage ban, tied the knot at San Francisco City Hall on Friday, about an hour after a federal appeals court freed same-sex couples to obtain marriage licenses for the first time in 4 1/2 years. [ Read more → ]
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BREAKING: Plaintiffs in Calif. marriage case marry in San Francisco, L.A.

Friday, June 28, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- The lead plaintiffs in the U.S. Supreme Court case that overturned California's same-sex marriage ban tied the knot at San Francisco City Hall on Friday, about an hour after a federal appeals court freed same-sex couples to obtain marriage licenses for the first time in 4 1/2 years. [ Read more → ]
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Losers in Prop 8 case call restart of same-sex marriages a ‘disgrace’

Friday, June 28, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- Sponsors of California's same-sex marriage ban say a federal appeals court decision that clears the way for gay weddings to resume is "disgraceful." [ Read more → ]
Jeff Zarillo and Paul Katami have their marriage license and are headed to San Francisco City Hall.

BREAKING: Prop 8 plaintiffs prepare to marry moments after ban is lifted

Friday, June 28, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court on Friday cleared the way for the state of California to immediately resume issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after a 4 1/2-year freeze. [ Read more → ]
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.

BREAKING: U.S. appeals court in Calif. lifts hold on same-sex marriages

Friday, June 28, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court on Friday cleared the way for the state of California to immediately resume issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after a 4 1/2-year freeze. [ Read more → ]
Jose Luis Magana, APPresident Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wave prior to boarding Air Force One before departing Wednesday on a week long trip to Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania.

Supreme Court rulings showcase Obama’s evolution on gay marriage

Thursday, June 27, 2013
WASHINGTON — For Barack Obama, the Supreme Court's decisions on gay rights punctuate an evolution as president on the subject of same-sex marriage — a personal journey that has taken him from opposition to ambivalence to enthusiastic support. [ Read more → ]
J. Scott Applewhite, APA gay rights activist runs out of the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, as rulings were handed down that impact same-sex relationships.

More battles ahead before marriage equality becomes the law of the land

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
NEW YORK — Even as they celebrate a momentous legal victory, supporters of gay marriage already are anticipating a return trip to the Supreme Court in a few years, sensing that no other option but a broader court ruling will legalize same-sex unions in all 50 states. [ Read more → ]
Noah Berger, APJohn Lewis, left, and Stuart Gaffney embrace outside San Francisco's City Hall shortly before the U.S. Supreme Court ruling cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California on Wednesday.

ANALYSIS: What happened Wednesday at the U.S. Supreme Court

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Wow. No doubt about it. Today was a momentous day. The Supreme Court this morning overturned Section 3 of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which had required the federal government to treat legally married same-sex couples as single. The Court also held that the proponents of Proposition 8 had no right to appeal the federal district court ruling that the California initiative is unconstitutional, thereby keeping that court’s injunction in place, so that the freedom to marry will soon return to California. [ Read more → ]
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.

Five things to know about the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage in Calif.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday reopened the door to gay marriage in California. Following are five things to know about how the ruling affects same-sex couples in the state: [ Read more → ]
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Q&A: Making sense of the Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Two landmark Supreme Court rulings that bolster gay marriage rights don't remove all barriers to same-sex unions by a long shot. Where gay couples live still will have a lot to do with how they're treated. Some questions and answers about Wednesday's court rulings: [ Read more → ]
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Appeals court: At least 25 days before Calif. gay marriage resumes

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court said Wednesday it will wait at least 25 days before making a decision on whether gay marriages can resume in California. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said backers of Proposition 8 - the state ban on gay marriages - have that long to ask the Supreme court to rehear the case. [ Read more → ]
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Ellen Pontac (left) and her wife Shelly Bailes, celebrate after the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage in California Wednesday in Sacramento, Calif.

Historic Supreme Court decisions set the stage for winning the freedom to marry

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
By any standard, the Supreme Court’s decisions striking down Section 3 of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and clearing the way for the end of Proposition 8 in California are landmarks in the struggle for LGBT equality. Not since the Court’s decision 10 years ago that laws criminalizing same-sex sexual intimacy violate the freedom of LGBT people to control their lives and define their relationships has the nation’s highest court offered such a resounding affirmation that governmental discrimination against LGBT people is incompatible with the guarantees of our Constitution. [ Read more → ]
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National Organization for Marriage ‘outraged’ by ‘illegitimate’ court rulings

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) on Wednesday said it was "outraged" at the U.S. Supreme Court's actions to dismiss Proposition 8 on procedural grounds, and for invalidating a key element of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). [ Read more → ]
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Mormon church criticizes Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY -- The Mormon church criticized the U.S. Supreme Court's decision opening the door for same sex marriage in California, saying it highlights troubling questions about the country's democratic and judicial systems. [ Read more → ]
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Clintons welcome Supreme Court rulings on marriage equality

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Former President Bill Clinton is welcoming the Supreme Court decision striking down a provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, which he signed into law in 1996. In a joint statement with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former president said... [ Read more → ]
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Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown: Counties must comply with gay marriage ruling

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Updated, 11:30 a.m. PDT SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Jerry Brown says he has directed the California Department of Public Health to start issuing marriage licenses to gay couples as soon as a federal appeals court lifts its stay on a lower court ruling in the... [ Read more → ]
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Obama on marriage ruling: Court rights a wrong; country better off

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama hailed the Supreme Court's decision to strike down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act on Wednesday, declaring the court "has righted a wrong, and our country is better off for it." Obama decided in 2011 to stop... [ Read more → ]
/Eric Risberg, APSame-sex couple Lisa Kirk, left, and Lena Brancatelli, cry while reacting to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage in California, Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at their home in San Jose, Calif.

Gay marriage ruling draws sober response in San Francisco

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Updated: 10:45 a.m. PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- A crowd at San Francisco City Hall applauded the news Wednesday that the U.S. Supreme Court had cleared the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California, but the reaction was shaded by the knowledge that the high... [ Read more → ]
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Obama congratulates plaintiffs in Proposition 8 case from Air Force One

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has telephoned his congratulations to the plaintiffs in a gay marriage case before the Supreme Court. Obama telephoned gay rights advocate Chad Griffin, who had the couple in a California gay marriage case listen in. The White House confirmed... [ Read more → ]
Charles Dharapak, APMichael Knaapen, left, and his husband John Becker, Editor of the Bilerico Project, embrace outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, June 26, 2013 after the court struck down a federal provision denying benefits to legally married gay couples.

BREAKING: Reaction from around the U.S. on Supreme Court marriage rulings

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and ruled that legally-married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples. Following is reaction from around the nation: [ Read more → ]
Charles Dharapak, APAmerican University students Sharon Burk, left, and Molly Wagner, embrace outside the Supreme Court on Wednesday, after the court cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California by holding that defenders of California's gay marriage ban did not have the right to appeal lower court rulings striking down the ban.

BREAKING: Gay rights supporters erupt in cheers over Supreme Court ruling

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Supporters of same-sex marriage burst into cheers, wept openly and chanted "DOMA is Dead" outside the Supreme Court as word reached them that the justices had struck down a key provision of the federal law defining marriage as a union between a man... [ Read more → ]
Jeff Chiu, APA rainbow flag flies in front of the Castro Theater in San Francisco, Wednesday, June 26, 2013. In a major victory for gay rights, the Supreme Court cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California.

PROP 8 FALLS: Supreme Court ruling clears way for gay marriage in Calif.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Wednesday for gay marriages to resume in California following a bitter, five-year legal battle, but the nation's most populous state might have to wait at least 25 days before joining the 12 other states where gay couples already have the right to wed. [ Read more → ]
Cliff Owen, APFrom left: Casey Oakes, 26, of Monroe, N.J., Dan Choyce, 21, of Sicklerville, N.J., Zach Wulderk, 19, of Hammonton, N.J., and his brother Dylan Wulderk, 22, wait for a ruling on same sex marriage at the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, June 26, 2013.

Crowd outside U.S. Supreme Court awaits gay marriage decisions

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
WASHINGTON — Crowds are gathering outside the U.S. Supreme Court ahead of two gay marriage decisions. [ Read more → ]
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