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California Beat coverage of the legal rulings and public reaction surrounding California’s Proposition 8 and the legality of Same-Sex Marriage.

[By Beat News Service | 1 Jul 2013 | No Comments]
Record crowds turned out for the annual San Francisco Gay Pride Parade Sunday, June 30, 2013. (CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

The stars of the victorious fight for Gay Rights took center-stage during an especially significant San Francisco Pride Parade Sunday.

Like in years past, marriage remained a prevailing theme. This year, there was added reason to celebrate: more than 500 same-sex marriage certificates were issued during Pride Weekend at San Francisco City Hall following the defeat of Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage, at the U.S. Supreme Court last week. 

[By Beat News Service | 26 Jun 2013 | No Comments]
Prop 8 rally and march

(6/26) — 0746 PDT — WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States Supreme Court Wednesday declined to intervene in the legal battle over Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage, effectively allowing gay couples to legally wed.

The Justices ruled Proposition 8’s authors had no legal standing to appeal a U.S. District Court’s order that overturned the ban. 

[By Beat News Service | 9 May 2012 | No Comments]
President Barack Obama waves as he deplanes Air Force One. (Andrew Leonard / CALIFORNIA BEAT)

(5/9) — 1255 PDT — WASHINGTON — In a television interview with ABC News, President Obama said he believes same-sex couples should be able to get married, becoming the first sitting American President to support gay marriage.

The historic announcement reversed Obama’s long-standing support of civil unions — but not marriage — for same-sex couples.

 

[By Beat News Service | 1 Jun 2011 | No Comments]
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The San Francisco Giants became the first professional sports franchise in the country to release a video addressing bullying and violence against gay and lesbian youth Wednesday.

The team announced two weeks ago that they would record and release their own rendition of the “It Gets Better” nationwide anti-bullying initiative that was launched in response to several suicides of GLBTQ youth who were discriminated against because of their sexual orientation.

[By Steven Luo | 6 Dec 2010 | No Comments]
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A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in San Francisco today on the question of whether a lower court ruling that California’s voter-approved ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional should be allowed to stand.

The two-and-a-half hour hearing was televised live nationwide on C-SPAN, affording viewers a rare chance to watch the judges pressing both sides on questions such as whether Proposition 8 has any rational basis.

[By Beat News Service | 6 Dec 2010 | One Comment]

A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in San Francisco today on the question of whether a lower court ruling that California’s voter-approved ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional should be allowed to stand.

The two-and-a-half hour hearing was televised live nationwide on C-SPAN, affording viewers a rare chance to watch the judges pressing both sides on questions such as whether Proposition 8 has any rational basis.

These are the updates we put out during the arguments.

[By Beat News Service | 17 Nov 2010 | No Comments]

SAN FRANCISCO — A Dec. 6 hearing regarding California’s Proposition 8, which bans same-sex couples from getting married, will be televised live, a federal appellate court said Wednesday.

The two-hour hearing before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco will be carried in real-time on C-SPAN, with video being provided to other broadcast outlets in a pool arrangement, the court said.

[By Steven Luo and Nolan Hicks | 16 Aug 2010 | No Comments]
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SAN FRANCISCO — The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has stayed a lower court’s ruling that overturned California’s Proposition 8, a voter-approved ballot initiative that prohibits same-sex marriage, until it can decide an expedited appeal.

The appeals court’s stay means that same-sex marriages in California cannot resume at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, when a stay issued by U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker, who ruled the measure unconstitutional August 4, would have expired.

[By California Beat | 12 Aug 2010 | No Comments]
Proposition 8 supporters gathered outside San Francisco City Hall August 12.

(8/12) — UPDATED 18:30 PDT — SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge is refusing to stay his ruling that California’s voter-approved Proposition 8, which defines marriage exclusively as a union between a man and a woman, violates the U.S. Constitution pending an appeal by the measure’s backers.

But U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker chose to prevent his decision from taking effect until August 18 at 5 p.m. — allowing Proposition 8 backers time to appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for an emergency stay, and preventing any same-sex weddings until then. Same-sex marriage opponents said they had immediately appealed Walker’s ruling.

[By Steven Luo | 5 Aug 2010 | No Comments]
Prop 8 rally and march

SAN FRANCISCO — Jubilation over a U.S. District court ruling finding California’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional permeated the streets of San Francisco’s Castro District Wednesday evening, but both opponents and supporters of Proposition 8 agreed that the legal battle over the voter-approved ban was far from over.