Ernest Dronenburg says California officials exceeded their authority by ordering county clerks to marry same-sex couples. He’s asked the California Supreme Court to issue an order that he not do so.
James Comey and several Republicans told the Supreme Court that it should strike down bans on same-sex couples’ marrying, a ruling that would apply across the nation. The Obama administration told the court to avoid that issue, and instead only decide the case in a way that would affect California and seven other states.
Jeff Zarrillo, Paul Katami, Sandy Stier, and Kris Perry are in Washington, D.C., and ready for Tuesday’s arguments in their case challenging California’s Proposition 8 marriage amendment.
The gay conservative is considering taking on the senior South Carolina senator in 2014. He also is taking on gay progressives — and defending DOMA.
“The basic principle that America is founded on — the idea that we’re all created equal — applies to everybody, regardless of sexual orientation, as well as race or gender or religion or ethnicity,” Obama says.
The president, who has said he personally supports marriage equality, has never said whether he believes the Constitution requires it. Supreme Court briefs supporting the challenge to Proposition 8 are due Feb. 28.
Ken Mehlman tells BuzzFeed he is pushing for same-sex couples’ marriage rights “because we are conservatives, not in spite of it.” Here’s how he got 80 prominent Republicans to join him in the fight.
More than 80 Republicans will send a brief to the justices hearing the case over the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8. Among the most prominent figures are Ken Mehlman, Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Richard Hanna, and several former governors and House members.
The Alliance Defending Freedom is urging prayers for the lawyers fighting to uphold Proposition 8 and DOMA for them, their families, and their “service on behalf of the just and worthy cause of protecting marriage.” Lawyers opposing the laws get prayers “that God would manifest His goodness in [their] life.”
“The only substantive question in this case is whether the State is entitled to exclude gay men and lesbians from the institution of marriage and deprive their relationships—their love—of the respect, and dignity and social acceptance, that heterosexual marriages enjoy,” lawyers for two California couples told the Supreme Court Thursday.
“I have to make sure that I’m not interjecting myself too much into this process, particularly when we’re not a party to the case,” Obama said Wednesday. If the administration weighs in, it will have to come by Feb. 28.
America’s Catholic bishops have gone from a strong attack on interracial marriage bans in 1967 to a plea against being “held hostage” by states that allow same-sex couples to marry in 2013.
The day after a broad affirmation of LGBT equality, the White House press secretary dodges the question while pressed on the issue. Advocates want answers.
With the campaign over and the speech done, LGBT advocates will expect tangible action from the White House.
“[I]f we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well,” Obama said Monday. The first time a president said the word “gay” in an inaugural address.
The gay conservative group had avoided taking a position on the issue in the past. LaSalvia cites a need for “a truly conservative voice” to stand up for marriage equality.
Months before it will hear oral arguments in the cases challenging the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8, the Supreme Court staff already are getting ready. Visit the DOMA/Prop 8 page at the court: DOMPRP8.aspx.
The Supreme Court is hearing cases about California’s Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act this spring. Here are the states LGBT advocates want to move to the “marriage equality” column by June, when the court’s big decisions traditionally are released.
LGBT advocates praised President Obama in May for his announcement that he believes same-sex couples should be allowed to marry. With the Supreme Court hearing the appeal of California’s Proposition 8, however, Obama faces another test on the issue.
On Monday, the Supreme Court again gave no word on the status of several cases addressing the rights of gay and lesbian couples. Next news could come Friday.
No action from the Supreme Court Friday on cases involving same-sex couples’ marriage rights. News could come Monday, but that looks unlikely.
If the Supreme Court denies an appeal of the Proposition 8 challenge, same-sex couples soon will be able to marry in California. Although the city wants 24-hour notice to prepare, court rules suggest that might not happen. [UPDATE: LA asks for notice, too.]
On Friday, the Supreme Court is expected to decide whether it will be hearing cases about the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8. Constitutional rights of same-sex couples hang in the balance.
Ten-day delay is the second time the justices have put off deciding whether they will hear cases challenging DOMA, Proposition 8 in the coming year.