We saw a looooot of movies at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and these are the ones that you’ll be hearing about this year. In no particular order!
More than 12,000 people have signed a petition by a former student to give “Mr. B” his job back.
The San Diego County clerk had filed a request asking the state’s supreme court to order him to stop marrying same-sex couples immediately. A further briefing schedule in the case has been set for other requests made in Friday’s filing.
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.
The justices’ order comes three days after the supporters of Proposition 8 asked the court to stop the marriages, which resumed in the state on June 28.
“We are taking claims now from individuals who believe they may be eligible for Social Security benefits,” spokesman says.
The supporters of Proposition 8 ask for a court order “requiring [state officials] to enforce state law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman.”
Prop 8 plaintiffs Kris Perry and Sandy Stier were the first same-sex couple to tie the knot at San Francisco’s City Hall on Friday. Then, these happy couples did the same.
The Supreme Court issued two big decisions on Wednesday. So, what did the decisions do? What did the decisions not do? What remains up in the air?
Closely divided rulings striking down the Defense of Marriage Act’s recognition ban and ending California’s Proposition 8 marriage amendment nonetheless signal a sea change. “Within five years, we will bring marriage equality to all 50 states in the U.S.,” HRC head says.
Marriage between same-sex couples was seen as an impossibility by courts in the early 1970s. While the country has moved significantly on the issue, the Supreme Court’s expected rulings on Wednesday in two major cases addressing gay couples’ right could change that dramatically — and, possibly, forever.
A procedural question about whether the right party is before the court could be a hurdle for the pending Supreme Court cases involving the Defense of Marriage Act, California’s Proposition 8, affirmative action policies, and the Voting Rights Act.
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.
Can we just get on with this already?
Many outcomes are possible in the challenges to California’s Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act that are due to be decided by the justices in the coming weeks. A complex path got the cases — and the country — to a moment of waiting.
“The direction the country and the party is moving is uni-directional on this issue,” Margaret Hoover says.
“This year, we celebrate LGBT Pride Month at a moment of
great hope and progress, recognizing that more needs to be done,” Obama says in a proclamation. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, in her own statement, says the Supreme Court “soon” will “discard the defenseless Defense of Marriage Act and Prop. 8.”
If the Supreme Court doesn’t end bans on same-sex couples’ marriages in all 50 states this June, then the constitutional bans in most of the states across the country could prove a stumbling block to the current momentum in the years to come.
From Washington state to Washington, DC, and from the Rhode Island statehouse to the Supreme Court of the United States, the country is very different from just last May.
After transgender and immigrant rights activists criticized exclusion from this past week’s Supreme Court rally, the Human Rights Campaign apologizes. “We failed to live up to the high standard to which we hold ourselves accountable and we will strive to do better in the future,” HRC’s vice president says.
The Supreme Court’s swing vote, Justice Anthony Kennedy, had a lot to say today. Spoiler alert: Outcome unclear.
Director Rob Reiner says he still plans on directing a feature film version of Dustin Lance Black’s play 8.
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.
After years of winding through the courts, two definitive cases in the marriage debate will finally reach the Supremes. Here’s what they’ll be considering.
Evan Wolfson and Andrew Sullivan have been arguing since the 1980s that marriage equality is the key step to advancing gay rights in society. This week, the Supreme Court could make their early writings — and lives’ work — a reality.
One week left to be remembered as a leader on the issue.
“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.