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Mistrial declared in King murder trial after jury fails to reach consensus

Thursday, September 1, 2011
A judge in California on Thursday declared a mistrial in the case of an Oxnard teenager accused of the execution-style murder of an openly gay classmate, Lawrence King. [ Read more → ]
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Defense rests in murder trial of gay teen; accused refuses to testify

Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Defense attorneys on Monday rested their case in the murder trial of 17-year-old Brandon McInerney, accused in the 2008 execution-style slaying of Lawrence King, a gay classmate. [ Read more → ]
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Defense witnesses: childhood molestation triggered violent reaction to gay classmate

Friday, August 5, 2011
Testimony in the murder trial of 17-year-old Brandon McInerney, accused of killing an openly gay classmate, brought new revelations of McInerney's abusive childhood, and testimony that the victim antagonized McInerney by parading around in makeup and high heels. [ Read more → ]
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King murder trial resumes — defense claims accused was sexually harassed

Sunday, July 31, 2011
Testimony resumes this week in the murder trial of 17-year-old Brandon McInerney, accused of the 2008 execution-style shooting of an openly gay classmate, then-15-year-old Lawrence King. [ Read more → ]
Brian McInerney (left), and Lawrence King

Trial gets underway of California teen charged with killing gay classmate

Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Opening arguments are scheduled to get underway Tuesday in the trial of Brandon McInerney, charged with the execution style killing of a gay classmate in 2008. [ Read more → ]
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Lesbian reservist who successfully challenged DADT dismissal, will retire

Wednesday, May 11, 2011
A decorated Air Force Reserve flight nurse, who successfully challenged her dismissal under the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, said on Tuesday she will retire rather than return to duty. [ Read more → ]
Brian McInerney (left), and Lawrence King

Jury selection planned in trial of teen charged with killing gay classmate

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Jury selection is scheduled to get under way next month in the murder trial of Brandon McInerney, who is charged with the execution style killing of a gay classmate in 2008. [ Read more → ]
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Judge orders military to reinstate lesbian reservist fired under ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Friday, September 24, 2010
A federal judge on Friday ordered the reinstatement of a decorated Air Force Reserve flight nurse who was discharged from the military under the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy that bans openly gay service members. [caption id="attachment_10855" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="Witt"][/caption] In a judgment hailed by... [ Read more → ]
Margaret Witt

Federal judge to rule on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ discharge of lesbian reservist

Tuesday, September 21, 2010
[caption id="attachment_10791" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="Margaret Witt"][/caption] Closing arguments concluded Tuesday in the case of a lesbian who wants to be reinstated to the Air Force Reserve in Washington state. Former Major Margaret Witt testified on Monday in a trial at the U.S. Courthouse in Tacoma,... [ Read more → ]
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Court rejects motion to force Brown, Schwarzenegger to defend Prop 8

Friday, September 3, 2010
A California state appeals court has denied a conservative law group's request that it force Attorney General Jerry Brown and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to defend Proposition 8 in federal court. [ Read more → ]
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Appeals court grants ‘stay’ in Prop 8 ruling, gay marriage to remain on hold

Monday, August 16, 2010
A federal appeals court on Monday put a hold on same-sex marriages in California, overruling a federal district judge who had earlier ruled that Proposition 8 -- the state's voter approved ban on gay marriage -- was unconstitutional. [ Read more → ]
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Judge lifts stay in Prop 8 ruling; gay marriage could resume August 18

Thursday, August 12, 2010
Gay marriage in California could resume next week as a federal judge today denied defendant's motion for a permanent stay to his decision to invalidate Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure that reinstated the ban on same-sex marriage, but extended the temporary stay another week. [ Read more → ]
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California governor, attorney general call for gay marriages to resume

Friday, August 6, 2010
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown filed motions in federal court late Friday, asking a federal judge to allow the state to begin performing same-sex marriages. [ Read more → ]
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Prop 8 supporters claim Walker’s ruling unfair because he’s a gay judge

Friday, August 6, 2010
Is Judge Vaughn Walker gay? Does it matter? Not surprisingly, supporters of Proposition 8 say the U.S. District Court judge who overturned California's voter approved ban on gay marriage should have recused himself from the case because, they say, he is gay -- and therefore is biased. [ Read more → ]
Prop 8 opponents at a rally to celebrate the ruling to overturn the gay marriage ban.

Prop 8 next steps: Judge to decide whether to lift ‘stay’ in ruling

Thursday, August 5, 2010
U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker, the federal judge who struck down California's voter-approved ban on gay marriage must now decide whether the ban should remain in tact while the ruling makes its way through the appeals process. [ Read more → ]
Plantiffs (left to right) Paul Katami, Jeff Zarillo, Kris Perry and Sandy Stier before the start of their trial in San Francisco. Photo credit: Reuters

Prop 8 unconstitutional: Federal judge strikes down CA gay marriage ban

Wednesday, August 4, 2010
A federal judge on Wednesday struck down California's Proposition 8, the 2008 voter approved ban on gay marriage, ruling it "unconstitutional" and "fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license." [ Read more → ]
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CA county settles suit with gay man separated from dying partner

Saturday, July 24, 2010
California's Sonoma County has agreed to pay $600,000 to settle a lawsuit by an elderly gay man who claimed he was separated from his dying partner, accused of abuse, and left penniless when county officials auctioned the contents of their home. [ Read more → ]
Ted Olson said he fully intends to take the Prop 8 trial to the US Supreme Court

Remembering Ted Olson’s Newsweek op-ed about gay marriage

Wednesday, July 21, 2010
"The very idea of marriage is basic to recognition as equals in our society; any status short of that is inferior, unjust, and unconstitutional." -- Ted Olson, a staunch conservative and one of the attorneys challenging the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8. [ Read more → ]
Lawrence King, murdered Feb 12, 2008.

Judge denies defense request to delay trial in shooting death of gay teen

Wednesday, July 14, 2010
A California judge has denied a request by defense attorneys to delay the trial of a teen accused of first-degree murder and a hate crime in the 2008 shooting death of 15 year-old Lawrence King. [ Read more → ]
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Healthcare and LGBT seniors: the tragic story of Harold and Clay

Tuesday, July 13, 2010
This month, a jury there will begin hearing the case of Harold Scull and Clay Greene, an elderly couple who endured the worst nightmare imaginable at the hands of health care workers and county officials two years ago in the small town of Sebastopol. [ Read more → ]
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Court hears closing arguments in landmark case challenging Prop 8 ban on gay marriage

Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Closing arguments were presented in court today in the landmark trial challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the final opportunity for attorneys on both sides to influence a federal judge in deciding the fate of California's voter approved ban on gay marrige. "This case is... [ Read more → ]
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As closing arguments near, Judge poses 39 tough questions to Prop 8 litigants

Friday, June 11, 2010
The federal judge presiding over a trial on California's Proposition 8 issued a list this week of 39 wide-ranging questions to be answered in closing arguments in San Francisco next week. [caption id="attachment_8183" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="Walker"][/caption] No broad conclusions can be made from this order... [ Read more → ]
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Judge rules: No broadcast of closing arguments in Prop 8 trial

Thursday, June 10, 2010
Closing arguments in the federal challenge to California's Proposition 8, the voter approved ban on gay marriage, will not be broadcast. Chief Judge Vaughn Walker denied a request from media groups seeking to record the June 16 session. The U.S. District Court for the Northern... [ Read more → ]
Plantiffs (left to right) Paul Katami, Jeff Zarillo, Kris Perry and Sandy Stier.

Judge to schedule closing arguments as Prop 8 trial attorneys file final briefs

Saturday, February 27, 2010
Yesterday marked the deadline for final briefs to be submitted in the federal trial over California's ban on same-sex marriage. [caption id="attachment_6599" align="aligncenter" width="466" caption="Plantiffs (left to right) Paul Katami, Jeff Zarillo, Kris Perry and Sandy Stier."][/caption] The two sides in the case -- two... [ Read more → ]
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‘Biggest open secret’ in Prop 8 trial: The judge is gay

Sunday, February 7, 2010
The biggest open secret in the landmark trial over same-sex marriage being heard in San Francisco is that the federal judge who will decide the case, Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker, is himself gay. According to the San Francisco Chronicle [...] [ Read more → ]
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