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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Marriage equality supporters mark historic week with candlelight vigil in Times Square

Sunday, March 24, 2013
NEW YORK -- Several hundred marriage equality supporters turned out for a candlelight vigil in New York's Times Square on Sunday evening, in a peaceful demonstration to mark this week's historic events in which the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans and the Defense of Marriage Act. [ Read more → ]

Wide range of potential outcomes possible in same-sex marriage cases

Sunday, March 24, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court can choose from a wide array of outcomes in ruling on California's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage and the federal Defense of Marriage Act. [ Read more → ]
Sandy Stier and Kris Perry. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Lesbian couple at center of Prop 8 dispute discusses Supreme Court case

Sunday, March 24, 2013
BERKELEY, Calif. — Big change is coming to the lives of the lesbian couple at the center of the fight for same-sex marriage in California no matter how the Supreme Court decides their case. [ Read more → ]
Protesters march into the early morning hours of of Nov. 8, 2008, expressing their anger against the passage of Proposition 8. The measure, approved by voters days earlier, amended the state constitution, banning same-sex marriages and overturning the state Supreme Court decision that legalized them in just sic months earlier.Photo: Afton Almaraz, AP

Standing: How the Supreme Court could avoid ruling in either gay marriage case

Saturday, March 23, 2013
It is hard to overstate the potential impact of the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court cases concerning marriage for same-sex couples. The primary questions posed by the two cases – Hollingsworth v. Perry involving Proposition 8. and U.S. v. Windsor, involving the Defense of Marriage Act— could lead to rulings that dramatically advance the equality of LGBT people under the law. But the Supreme Court may end up issuing no ruling in either case. [ Read more → ]
Supreme Court Gay Marriage

Hopeful observers line up outside Supreme Court to witness same-sex marriage cases

Friday, March 22, 2013
WASHINGTON — A line has begun forming outside the U.S. Supreme Court for people who want to attend next week's arguments in two same-sex marriage cases. [ Read more → ]

U.S. Supreme Court to release same-day audio recordings of marriage cases

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court said Tuesday it will release audio recordings of next week's arguments in two same-sex marriage cases just a few hours after they conclude. [ Read more → ]
Michelle Shocked

Audio recording emerges of singer Michelle Shocked’s anti-gay rant

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Audio emerged Wednesday of folk singer Michelle Shocked's performance at a San Francisco club on Sunday night, in which her anti-gay remarks have led to a firestorm of criticism among the LGBT community and its allies, and led to an abrupt end to her U.S. tour. [ Read more → ]

National polls find growing support for legalizing same-sex marriage

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Three national polls released this week find widespread support for marriage equality, just days before the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to consider the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, and California's ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

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 high court to rule in favor of marriage equality. [ Read more → ]

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. [ Read more → ]
John Eastman

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

Thursday, March 14, 2013
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 families with adopted children as “second best.” [ Read more → ]

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 marriage. [ Read more → ]
Tim Wildmon

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

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
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.” [ Read more → ]
Meg Whitman

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

Monday, March 4, 2013
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 Court. One of these was from 278 employers and organizations arguing from a pro-business perspective. These industry leaders stated that for them to “attract the best employees and colleagues” they must “offer robust workplace benefits and a workplace ethos of transparent fairness.” [ Read more → ]
Ted Olson (left), and David Boies

Attorneys in historic same-sex marriage case sign book deal

Saturday, March 2, 2013
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 Equality." [ Read more → ]
President Barack Obama speaks to reporters in the White House briefing room in Washington, Friday, March 1, 2013.Photo: Charles Dharapak, AP

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

Friday, March 1, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]

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. [ Read more → ]
Barack Obama

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

Thursday, February 28, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]

ASA brief: Parents’ sexual orientation has no bearing on children’s well-being

Thursday, February 28, 2013
The American Sociological Association (ASA) has weighed in on the same-sex marriage cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, filing an amicus brief Thursday outlining social science research that shows “children fare just as well” when raised by same-sex or heterosexual parents. [ Read more → ]

Eric Holder: Marriage equality ‘really the latest civil rights issue’

Thursday, February 28, 2013
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that marriage equality for gays and lesbians is the next big civil rights issue. [ Read more → ]
Barack Obama

Obama expected to urge Supreme Court to strike down Calif. gay marriage ban

Thursday, February 28, 2013
The next phase of President Barack Obama's evolving position on gay marriage may come Thursday, the deadline for his administration to weigh in on a landmark Supreme Court case that could determine whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to wed. [ Read more → ]

Big push to support same-sex marriage at U.S. Supreme Court

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
WASHINGTON — Prominent Republicans, retired military leaders and U.S. businesses are among the factions ready to ask the Supreme Court to support marriage equality in two cases up for argument next month. [ Read more → ]

Major U.S. corporations call on Supreme Court to strike down gay marriage bans

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
More than 60 U.S. corporations -- including Apple, eBay, Facebook, Intel, Nike and Morgan Stanley -- have signed on to an amicus brief in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court challenge to Proposition 8, California's voter approved ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Meg Whitman

Meg Whitman, former Prop 8 supporter, now an advocate for same-sex marriage

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Meg Whitman, the president and chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard, who, as a GOP candidate for Governor of California in 2010 supported Proposition 8, the voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, is now one of more than 75 prominent Republicans to publicly support marriage equality for gays and lesbians. [ Read more → ]

Dozens of prominent GOP leaders sign brief supporting marriage equality

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
More than 75 prominent Republican leaders have signed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court supporting the freedom for gay and lesbian couples, The New York Times reported late Monday. [ Read more → ]
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