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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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San Diego County clerk seeks end to Calif. gay marriages

Friday, July 19, 2013
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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. [...]

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Calif. Supreme Court rejects emergency plea to stop gay marriages

Monday, July 15, 2013
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SAN FRANCISCO -- The California Supreme Court is refusing to order the state to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. [...]

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

Friday, July 12, 2013
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.
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. [...]

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Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling already in use in other cases

Saturday, July 6, 2013
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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. [...]

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Polls: Americans largely unfazed by Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage

Wednesday, July 3, 2013
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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 [...]

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

Monday, July 1, 2013
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.
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. [...]

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An open letter to all my friends who did not live to see this day…

Sunday, June 30, 2013
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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 [...]

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Gay marriage: Efforts to impose bans, and repeal them, take on new intensity

Sunday, June 30, 2013
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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. [...]

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

Saturday, June 29, 2013
Marcio Jose Sanchez, APCynthia Wides, right, and Elizabeth Carey file for a marriage certificate at City Hall in San Francisco on Saturday.
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. [...]

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Gay marriage opponents ask Supreme Court to stop Calif. weddings

Saturday, June 29, 2013
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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. [...]

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