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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U.S. Supreme Court to issue rulings Wednesday in Prop 8, DOMA cases

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court did not issue rulings Tuesday in two closely watched cases -- the constitutionality of Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage, and the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as the legal union of one man and one woman for purposes of federal recognition and benefits. [ Read more → ]
Carolyn Kaster, AP (File)Kevin Coyne of Washington holds flags in front of the Supreme Court in Washington on March 27, 2013, as the court hears arguments on gay marriage.

Supreme Court has range of options on same-sex marriage, DOMA cases

Sunday, June 23, 2013
The waiting is almost over. On Wednesday morning, the U.S. Supreme Court will announce the outcomes in cases on California's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage and the federal Defense of Marriage Act. [ Read more → ]
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Mormon parents who supported Prop 8, now fight on behalf of their gay son

Friday, June 21, 2013
A Mormon's family's struggle to reconcile its faith with full acceptance of their son's sexual identity is at the heart of the video "Families Are Forever," which premieres at Frameline 37: The San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival this weekend. [ Read more → ]
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Dozens of anti-gay activists vow to resist any pro-equality Supreme Court ruling

Thursday, June 20, 2013
As the nation awaits the Supreme Court’s rulings on two high-profile marriage equality cases, several dozen Religious Right activists have signed on to a “Marriage Solidarity Statement” that was drafted by Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver and Deacon Keith Fournier, vowing to resist any ruling favor of equality. [ Read more → ]
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AFER chronicles three years working to overturn Proposition 8

Saturday, June 15, 2013
With just days left before the U.S. Supreme Court rules on Proposition 8, the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) has compiled this look back at the last three years of working to overturn California's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
A crowd gathers at the State Capitol in St. Paul, on May 14 where Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed gay marriage into law.Photo: Jim Mone, AP

Will Supreme Court justices take note of new marriage equality laws?

Monday, May 27, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Three U.S. states and three countries have approved same-sex unions just in the two months since the Supreme Court heard arguments over gay marriage, raising questions about how the developments might affect the justices' consideration of the issue. [ Read more → ]
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With R.I. a done deal, focus shifts to gay marriage bills in six other states

Monday, April 29, 2013
With Rhode Island poised to become the 10th state to legalize same-sex marriage following a key vote in the state’s General Assembly scheduled for Thursday, supporters of marriage equality are shifting their focus to other states. [ Read more → ]
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Fifty shades of red: The fight for equality marches on

Saturday, April 6, 2013
There are just some people who will go to their graves believing what they believe. That is their journey – that is their little bit of racism, hatred and discrimination they will have to answer for. I believe at this moment in time, the red on the equality map needs to be celebrated. I believe the acceptance and support of our friends and families and co-workers and strangers needs to be celebrated, for these are the people who will stand by us and love us and help us to win whatever battles may lie ahead... [ Read more → ]
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AFER offers behind the scenes look at Prop 8′s day at the U.S. Supreme Court

Saturday, March 30, 2013
The American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) offers this behind-the-scenes look at the preparation and planning for it's March 26 argument at the U.S. Supreme Court, challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
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Supreme Court inaction would likely return marriage equality to California

Friday, March 29, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO — The U.S. Supreme Court seems reluctant to use the legal battle over California's same-sex marriage ban to rule that all gay Americans have a constitutional right to wed, but that doesn't mean gay marriage will not be returning to the state. [ Read more → ]
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DOMA is doomed

Friday, March 29, 2013
So it's over. Two days that are now part of LGBT history. Two back-to-back arguments at the United States Supreme Court, with most of the country paying attention—hearing about our lives, our relationships, and how discriminatory government policies and voter initiatives mark us as inferior, unequal, and vulnerable. In Wednesday's case, the issue was section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which withholds federal protection and recognition from same-sex spouses. Once again, the Justices were not only engaged, but talked about us in terms we have rarely heard in these hallowed halls... [ Read more → ]
Kevin Coyne of Washington holds flags in front of the Supreme Court in Washington on WednesdayPhoto: Carolyn Kaster, AP

However the Supreme Court rules, gay marriage debate is far from over

Thursday, March 28, 2013
However the Supreme Court rules after its landmark hearings on same-sex marriage, the issue seems certain to divide Americans and states for many years to come. [ Read more → ]
People hold up their tickets that had been issued to the general public for entrance Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, March 26, 2013, for the court's hearing on California’s voter approved ban on same-sex marriage. Some people waited in line _ even through light snow _ since Thursday for the coveted seats for the argument over California's Proposition 8.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Witness to history: ‘I am struck by the changed world in which we now live’

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Sitting in the Supreme Court this morning for the Prop 8 argument alongside my Lambda Legal colleagues Jenny Pizer and Camilla Taylor, I was struck by the changed world in which we now live. Exactly 10 years ago today, the Supreme Court heard Lambda Legal’s historic Lawrence v. Texas case. At that time, 13 states still criminalized oral and anal sex and no state provided any recognition to same-sex relationships... [ Read more → ]
Artist rendering shows Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr., center, addressing the Supreme Court in Washington on Tuesday. Image: Dana Verkouteren, AP

Ideological differences appear to divide Supreme Court justices on Prop 8

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Much will be written about the Proposition 8 oral argument. The bottom line, in my opinion, is that the Court probably will not have the five votes necessary to get to any result at all, and almost certainly will not have five votes to decide the merits of whether Proposition 8 is constitutional. Much will be written about the Proposition 8 oral argument. The bottom line, in my opinion, is that the Court probably will not have the five votes necessary to get to any result at all, and almost certainly will not have five votes to decide the merits of whether Proposition 8 is constitutional... [ Read more → ]
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The day in pictures #2: Courtroom participants, observers meet the press

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Courtroom participants and observers spilled out into a waiting crowd of reporters and cameras on Tuesday to share their experience as witnesses to to the historic Supreme Court hearing challenging Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
This artist rendering shows Attorney Theodore Olsen, right, representing the same-sex couples, addresses the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, March 26, 2013, as the court heard arguments on California's ban on same-sex marriage. Justices, from left are, Sonia Sotomayor,  Stephen Breyer, Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John Roberts, and Justices Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Samuel Alito and Elena Kagan.  (AP Photo/Dana Verkouteren)

Highs and lows as Supreme Court justices take marriage issue on a roller coaster ride

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court took the marriage equality issue on a roller coaster ride Tuesday as it heard almost 90 minutes of argument in the case testing the constitutionality of California’s ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Demonstrators stand outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, March 26, 2013, where the court heard arguments on California’s voter approved ban on same-sex marriage, Proposition 8. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Listen: U.S. Supreme Court releases audio of Prop 8 hearing

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court has released the audio and transcript of Tuesday's hearing challenging Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
From left, attorney David Boies, plaintiffs, Sandy Stier, with partner Kris Perry, from Berkeley, Calif., Jeff Zarrillo, with partner Paul Katami from Burbank, Calif., and their attorney Theodore Olson leave the Supreme Court in Washington on Tuesday.Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP

Prop 8 hearing: U.S. Supreme Court may avoid broad ruling on gay marriage ban

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court suggested Tuesday it could find a way out of the case over California's ban on same-sex marriage without issuing a major national ruling on whether America's gays have a right to marry. [ Read more → ]
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Participants to history: Plaintiffs depart for historic day at Supreme Court

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin and plaintiffs in the U.S. Supreme Court challenge to Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage, met with reporters earlier this morning, before departing for the U.S. Supreme Court. [ Read more → ]
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Ten years to the day since Lawrence v. Texas, same-sex marriage reaches the high court

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court is wading into the fight over same-sex marriage at a time when public opinion is shifting rapidly in favor of permitting gay and lesbian couples to wed, but 40 states don't allow it. [ Read more → ]
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Courtside guide: Who and what to watch at the Supreme Court on marriage argument days

Monday, March 25, 2013
Two of the LGBT civil rights movement’s most important cases come before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday and Wednesday and, regardless of the outcome, they will almost certainly be the most watched oral arguments ever on an LGBT issue. [ Read more → ]
People wait in line outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday March, 25, 2013, a day before the court will hear a same-sex marriage case. Photo: Jose Luis Magana, AP

Hottest ticket in town: Technically free, Supreme Court tickets cost time, money

Monday, March 25, 2013
WASHINGTON — The most expensive ticket to "The Book of Mormon" on Broadway: $477. The face value of a great seat for this year's Super Bowl: $1,250. Guaranteed seats to watch the U.S. Supreme Court hear this week's gay marriage cases: about $6,000. [ Read more → ]
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Why the U.S. Supreme Court will rule in favor of same-sex marriage

Monday, March 25, 2013
We are on the threshold of a historic decision on individual rights by the Supreme Court of the United States as it considers two cases involving same-sex marriage. The cases about “who you love” could change the laws in 41 states and more than 1,000 federal statutes. Regardless of what is said in the oral arguments, a reading of the merits briefs makes it clear that the Court will have to rule in favor of gay marriage, and will improve the lives of 130,000 legally-married couples in same-sex marriages. [ Read more → ]
Taylor, Talla and Vincent Carter cover themselves from the snow as they wait in line outside of the Supreme Court in Washington on Monday.Photo: Jose Luis Magana, AP

Public braves snow for a chance to witness historic gay marriage cases

Monday, March 25, 2013
WASHINGTON — People waiting to attend to gay marriage cases being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court have been undeterred by snow falling in the nation's capital. [ Read more → ]
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Presidential punch: Can the Obama briefs make a difference at the Supreme Court?

Monday, March 25, 2013
WASHINGTON -- LGBT legal activists and their allies have nothing but praise for the Obama administration’s decision to submit briefs in both marriage equality cases before the U.S. Supreme Court this week. [ Read more → ]
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