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Mozilla Chief Steps Down Amid Proposition 8 Controversy

The chief of Firefox browser maker Mozilla is stepping down in the face of controversy stirred by his support of a California bill to ban gay marriage.

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 READ MORE



Rubio’s Anti-Abortion Crusade, Nugent Weighs Presidential Bid, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the White House responds to a slew of petitions about the Westboro Baptist Church and Egypt has a new interim president.

Posted on Jul 3, 2013 READ MORE



Emily Mills (CC-BY-ND)

Proposition 8 Backers Petition to Stop Gay Marriage in California

Thanks to the Supreme Court’s decision in Hollingsworth v. Perry, California’s Proposition 8 ballot initiative that barred same-sex marriage in the state is no more. But the measure’s supporters are once again up in arms after the Golden State resumed allowing gay couples to wed Friday. (UPDATED)

Posted on Jun 30, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Charles Dharapak

The Limited Reach of the Supreme Court’s Gay Marriage Rulings

How proponents of marriage equality and progressives generally proceed from this point depends on understanding exactly what Wednesday’s decisions on DOMA and Proposition 8 said and didn’t say. To do that, we must look beyond the headlines.

Posted on Jun 27, 2013 READ MORE



Wendy Davis Hailed as Hero, Frank Rich Slams David Gregory, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including reaction from the winners after the Supreme Court’s DOMA and Proposition 8 rulings and results of the Massachusetts Senate special election.

Posted on Jun 26, 2013 READ MORE


Pelosi

Watch: Pelosi’s Classic Response to Bachmann Anti-Gay Marriage Statement

The House minority leader gave the ultimate reaction that could work for just about every future crazy thing the outgoing Minnesota congresswoman says.

Posted on Jun 26, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Pablo Martinez

Gay Marriage Rulings: Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA, Denies Proposition 8 Backers’ Appeal

On Wednesday morning, the Supreme Court issued decisions on a pair of landmark same-sex marriage cases, striking down the Defense of Marriage Act while ruling the proponents of California’s Proposition 8 lacked standing to argue the case in federal courts.

Posted on Jun 26, 2013 READ MORE



Obama Outlines Climate Change Plan, Weiner Leads Comeback Race, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including PolitiFact considers possible outcomes for Wednesday’s Supreme Court same-sex marriage decisions and “The Daily Show’s” John Oliver takes aim at the media and the government over whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

Posted on Jun 25, 2013 READ MORE



maxintosh (CC BY 2.0)

How Mormons Helped Pave the Road to Gay Marriage

After spending an estimated $20 million and employing 77 people full time to ban gay marriage in California with Proposition 8 in 2008, the church’s political surrender on the issue has enabled a cultural shift that is spreading rapidly across the United States.

Posted on May 14, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Pablo Martinez

Post-Argument Recap: Prop. 8 and DOMA Are Going Down

Nevertheless, the Supreme Court’s likely rulings on the issue of gay marriage will not be complete victories for those who support allowing same-sex couples to wed. 

Posted on Mar 27, 2013 READ MORE


Watch: Gay Marriage Opponents Undercut One of Their Major Talking Points

One of the top arguments that those who oppose allowing gay couples to wed routinely give is that it would be a “threat” to the marriage of straight couples. What happens when attendees at an anti-marriage equality rally Tuesday were asked about it, however, paints a different picture.

Posted on Mar 26, 2013 READ MORE


Listen: Supreme Court Prop. 8 Oral Arguments

The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard oral arguments in the case concerning Proposition 8, the California ballot initiative that bars same-sex couples from marrying in the state.

Posted on Mar 26, 2013 READ MORE



Chief Justice John Roberts Has Personal Connection to Prop. 8 Case

Roberts’ cousin is a lesbian who wishes to wed her partner. She currently can’t, however, because of Proposition 8, the California ballot initiative that bars same-sex couples from marrying in the state. The Supreme Court is set to hear a challenge to Proposition 8 this week.

Posted on Mar 25, 2013 READ MORE



Miserlou Behind The Aperture (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Make My Day: Legalize Gay Marriage, Eastwood Says

The man who has played the good, the bad and the ugly both in Hollywood and American politics has come out in favor of same-sex marriage as he added his name to a legal brief calling on the Supreme Court to strike down a ban on such unions.

Posted on Mar 1, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Ben Margot

Additional Prominent Republicans Backing Gay Marriage

This week, dozens of influential conservatives will submit a legal brief asking the Supreme Court to strike down Proposition 8, the California ballot initiative passed in 2008 that outlawed same-sex marriage in the state, and all other similar bans.

Posted on Feb 26, 2013 READ MORE



Paul Krugman’s ‘Trillion Dollar Coin’ Solution, Rand Paul’s Son Arrested, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including President Obama’s picks to round out his national security team, Hillary Clinton’s first day back at work since suffering a concussion and Donald Trump running his mouth again.

Posted on Jan 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Supreme Court Paved Way for Gay Marriage, Scalia Said Nearly a Decade Ago

The conservative justice weighed in on same-sex marriage in the landmark Lawrence v. Texas ruling in 2003 that outlawed anti-sodomy laws.

Posted on Dec 10, 2012 READ MORE



Krugman Rips GOP Budget Plan, ‘SNL’ Spoofs Fiscal Cliff Negotiations, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Newt Gingrich’s 2016 presidential election prediction and the big political decision Cory Booker is weighing.

Posted on Dec 9, 2012 READ MORE



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Recall Elections, Proposition 8 Moves Closer to Supreme Court and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the Wisconsin recall election, the next step in the battle to legalize same-sex marriage in California and Bill O’Reilly’s election prediction.

Posted on Jun 5, 2012 READ MORE


Clooney, Pitt, Sheen, Lynch & Co. Make a Play for Marriage Equality

On March 3, director Rob Reiner led an all-star cast, including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Jane Lynch, Kevin Bacon, Martin Sheen and Jamie Lee Curtis, through Dustin Lance Black’s play “8,” about the court battle over marriage equality in California that was set in motion by the passage of Proposition 8 in 2008.

Posted on Mar 5, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Eric Risberg, Pool

Truthdigger of the Week: 9th Circuit Judge Stephen Reinhardt

Just in time for a certain prefabricated, romance-related holiday that shall remain nameless, we offer you a little valentine (oops!) of our own with a Truthdigger winner who truly brought the love in one inspiring gesture he made in a federal appeals court, of all places.

Posted on Feb 10, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Ben Margot

Judge Puts Heart Into Prop. 8 Ruling

In throwing out California’s notorious Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage, appellate Judge Stephen Reinhardt showed the heart of a romantic and humor in a ringing defense of the often-scorned institution of marriage.

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama Gets Ready to Defend Birth Control Policy

It’s an election year, so it’s time to play wedge issue roulette. Which culture war favorite is it going to be this time? Gay marriage? The Obama administration’s recent and contested decision to require Catholic organizations to provide birth control coverage to employees? Updated

Posted on Feb 7, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Jeff Chiu

Appeals Court Declares Prop. 8 Unconstitutional

Here’s some real progress and some good news: On Tuesday, a federal appeals court in San Francisco decided, in a 2-1 ruling, that California’s infamous Proposition 8, the same-sex marriage ban approved by voters in 2008, was unconstitutional. Now, on to the Supreme Court.

Posted on Feb 7, 2012 READ MORE



sushiesque (CC-BY)

The Battle for Gay Marriage Plods On

The sponsors of Proposition 8 and other contested laws are entitled to defend such measures when the state refuses to do so, the California Supreme Court declared Thursday afternoon. The ruling could push the long argument over same-sex marriage—which has wearied its proponents and adversaries—to the desks of federal judges, including those on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Posted on Nov 17, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Charles Dharapak

Getting Romney’s Religion

A candidate’s faith does in fact matter, especially when the religious institution to which he or she belongs is involved in explicit political campaigns that affect millions of lives. Such issues as civil rights for women, immigrants and the LGBT community come immediately to mind.

Posted on Oct 20, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons

Gay Jurist’s Legitimacy in Prop. 8 Decision Is Upheld

Last year, U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn R. Walker ruled California’s Proposition 8 to be unconstitutional. Shortly afterward, opponents of same-sex marriage called the ruling invalid, arguing that Walker’s homosexuality made him unfit to adjudicate the case. On Tuesday, another federal judge threw that argument out.

Posted on Jun 14, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Andy Birkey

Prop. 8 Supporters Target Judge’s Sexual Orientation

A legal motion filed Monday questions the impartiality of the judge who overturned the California Marriage Protection Act. (more)

Posted on Apr 26, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / laverrue

No New Gay Marriages as California Courts Mull Prop. 8

Same-sex couples hoping to tie the knot soon in California are going to have to wait awhile longer: The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco on Wednesday rejected a request to allow gay marriages to continue as the long-term fate of Proposition 8 remains to be seen.

Posted on Mar 23, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / David Shankbone (CC-BY-SA)

Haggis’ Big Disconnect From Scientology

Screenwriter and director Paul Haggis’ public exit from the Church of Scientology continues with a long exposé in this month’s issue of The New Yorker, in which Haggis describes his troubled early years, his initial embrace of L. Ron Hubbard’s religion and the fallout ...

Posted on Feb 7, 2011 READ MORE


Year of the Queer
Illustration by Jennifer Grey

Chamberlain: Gay Leading Men Still Trapped in the Closet

The path out of the proverbial closet is still riddled with potential career pitfalls for gay actors, according to veteran screen star Richard Chamberlain, who himself came out in 2003 but, as he tells The Advocate, wouldn’t recommend that closeted actors angling for leading roles follow his example.

Posted on Dec 27, 2010 READ MORE


proposition 8 proponents
AP / Jeff Chiu

Getting a Read on Prop. 8’s Proponents

The celebration about U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker’s ruling overturning California’s Proposition 8 hardly got under way before a trio of federal appellate judges put the kibosh on it all on Monday by putting gay marriage on the shelf for the time being.

Posted on Aug 17, 2010 READ MORE


anti-prop 8 rally
AP / Eric Risberg

Reason Beats Hate in Prop. 8 Ruling

When public discourse is so dominated by hysterical sound bites of religious intolerance and xenophobia, it is inspiring to read federal Judge Vaughn R. Walker’s ruling overturning Proposition 8, the California voter initiative banning same-sex marriage.

Posted on Aug 16, 2010 READ MORE


Anne Rice
abcnews.go.com

Anne Rice Quits Christianity, Sticks With Christ

Author and vampire enthusiast Anne Rice raised more than a few gothy eyebrows a few years ago with the revelation that she had become a practicing Christian. Well, that’s changed now.

Posted on Aug 11, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Prop. 8, Jobs and Spanish Getaways

With the job market in a scary slump and a slow economy to boot, President Obama may be in for a politically treacherous time. Is Prop. 8 a human rights or a moral issue? And what’s with all the hubbub about Michelle Obama in Spain?

Posted on Aug 6, 2010 READ MORE


8: The Mormon Proposition
mormonproposition.com

Mormons and Prop. 8: An Unholy Alliance Explored Onscreen

Those of us who were in California during the election of 2008 (and many who weren’t) remember how quickly the tide seemed to turn when it came to the expected versus real outcome of the Proposition 8 vote ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 21, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / laverrue

Gay Marriage Goes Up for Argument in California

California’s a place that may seem a little kooky, a little crunchy, and definitely more than a little liberal when viewed from some other areas of the nation, but when it comes to the issue of gay marriage, it has yet to catch up with Iowa. Or Spain.

Posted on Jun 16, 2010 READ MORE


gay marriage spoof

Gay Marriage as Antidote to Gay ‘Lifestyle’

Boy, that Justin Long has come a, uh, long way since his early “I’m a Mac” days. Why, here he is, joining the ranks of other allegedly straight actors who’ve played it gay in this humorous (and racy, workplace viewers!) PSA aimed at overturning California’s Proposition 8.

Posted on Jun 7, 2010 READ MORE


gay marriage sign
AP / Mike Groll

Why We Won’t Wait

We won’t wait for the charity of corporate donors, or for the timelines of politicians. If such people care to donate funds or even to take the risk of civil disobedience, they are welcome to join us. On our own terms. But the time when gay people were grateful for small favors is over.

Posted on Apr 19, 2010 READ MORE


Franco

‘Howl’ Stars Franco, Hamm Slam Prop. 8

When you’re in a movie about a countercultural figure as big as Allen Ginsberg, it’s going to be hard to avoid the political questions, and “Howl” stars Jon Hamm and James Franco, who plays the Beat-era poet in the film, were ready to hold forth at the Sundance Film Festival about one prominent political topic of our time: California’s Proposition 8.

Posted on Jan 25, 2010 READ MORE


Cindy McCain
noh8campaign.com

Cindy McCain Comes Out in Support of Gay Marriage

As her daughter Meghan did before her, Cindy McCain, registered Republican and wife of Sen. John McCain, has lent her well-known visage to the NOH8 campaign that began after the passage of California’s Proposition 8 in November 2008. The campaign’s organizers expressed their surprise that Cindy was willing to do so and gave her props for her bid to “show people that party doesn’t matter.”

Posted on Jan 20, 2010 READ MORE


proposition 8 protesters
AP / Marcio Jose Sanchez

Making the Case for Gay Marriage

Why should we care about the Proposition 8 same-sex marriage trial in San Francisco? Most people aren’t gay or lesbian. Many think marriage is unimportant. Others feel Afghanistan, unemployment, Haiti and health care are much more deserving of attention.

Posted on Jan 17, 2010 READ MORE


Supreme Court
supremecourtus.gov

SCOTUS Bars Video Coverage of Prop. 8 Trial

Bad news for anyone hoping to keep tabs on the Proposition 8 trial via YouTube: On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked a ruling by a federal judge to allow streaming video coverage of the trial contesting the ban on gay marriage in California. The top court’s decision holds only until Wednesday, however, so stay tuned.

Posted on Jan 11, 2010 READ MORE


empty podium
White House / Pete Souza

Where Was Obama When Maine Needed Him?

Why did voters in Maine reject a law that would have sanctioned same-sex marriage? Well, according to some marriage equality supporters, one big reason currently resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and another has to do with conservative scare tactics played out via television ad campaigns.

Posted on Nov 4, 2009 READ MORE


Haggis
Flickr / gdcgraphics

Top Writer-Director Breaks With Scientology Over Proposition 8

The Church of Scientology counts several high-profile figures from the world of entertainment among its members—Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Kirstie Alley, to name a few—and they sometimes act as public advocates for their religion. However, one of their own, screenwriter and director Paul Haggis, has very publicly left the fold after taking issue with the church’s stance on Proposition 8.

Posted on Oct 26, 2009 READ MORE


protest
Flickr / ingridtaylar

Federal Judge Rejects Request to Dismiss Prop. 8 Suit

Although Proposition 8 passed in California last year, setting back the gay marriage cause, the legal wheels are still turning to argue against the measure. On Wednesday, Chief Judge Vaughn Walker of the U.S. District Court refused to stop a challenge to Proposition 8, dismissing the argument that (straight) marriage and procreation are fundamentally linked.

Posted on Oct 14, 2009 READ MORE


Welcome to Maine
Flickr/Phil Romans

Gay Marriage Hits a Snag in Maine

Having enlisted the same PR firm, Schubert Flint Public Affairs, that handled the publicity behind the pro-Proposition 8 push in California last fall, opponents of gay marriage claim to have amassed enough signatures to prevent a new law recognizing same-sex nuptials from taking effect on Sept. 12. A referendum on the issue would be held in November. Back to the voting booth, Mainers.

Posted on Jul 9, 2009 READ MORE


Choi

Lt. Dan Choi Leads Gay Rights Rally Outside Obama Fundraiser

The anti-Proposition 8 protests were one form of gay rights activism taking place recently around Los Angeles, but a related issue was the subject of a rally led by former Lt. Dan Choi, a West Point graduate and Arab linguist who was discharged from the Army National Guard earlier this month for coming out publicly: Choi wanted to remind the visiting president about his pledge to end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

Posted on May 28, 2009 READ MORE


Prop. 8 protest
AP photo / Marcio Jose Sanchez

Prop. 8 Likely to Stand

Bad news for anti-Proposition 8 activists: As of Thursday afternoon, it appeared that the California Supreme Court was hesitant to overturn the gay marriage ban. However, it might be the case that the court will allow existing marriages to remain legally valid.

Posted on Mar 5, 2009 READ MORE


Brown
kcbs.com

Brown Moves to Nix Prop. 8

California Attorney General Jerry Brown has changed his position on Proposition 8 and has asked the state Supreme Court to nullify the gay marriage ban on grounds that it violates citizens’ inalienable rights as guaranteed by the California Constitution.

Posted on Dec 20, 2008 READ MORE


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