By Mark Gabrish Conlan
April 7, 2013 (San Diego)--On March 26 and 27, the U.S. Supreme Court heard two major cases over whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry.
On March 26 they heard arguments on whether Proposition 8, which California voters passed in November 2008 to short-circuit the ruling of the California Supreme Court that the state’s constitution did not allow it to deny marriage to same-sex couples, is unconstitutional under the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The next day they heard the case of Edith Windsor, who legally married her long-term partner, Thea Spyer, in Canada in 2007, then got socked with a federal estate tax bill of $367,000 because the federal government didn’t recognize her marriage under the so-called “Defense of Marriage Act” (DoMA) passed by Congress in 1996.
The two cases rest on somewhat different legal issues, and it’s quite possible the court could throw out Proposition 8 and uphold DoMA — or vice versa — but the underlying issues are the same.
U.S. SUPREME COURT TO HEAR 2 SAME-SEX MARRIAGE CASES, INCLUDING PROP 8 APPEAL FILED BY EX-SAN DIEGO SENATOR HOLLINGSWORTH
San Diego’s County Clerk “ready to respond immediately”; marriages could resume soon if court finds Prop 8 challengers lack legal standing to appeal
By Miriam Raftery
December 7, 2012 (Washington D.C.) – The U.S. Supreme Court today announced that it will review two cases involving same-sex marriage, including an appeal by petitioners seeking to overturn Proposition 8 including former San Diego State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth.
California voters initially voted to legalize same-sex marriage, but later passed Proposition 8 which banned same-sex marriages. California’s Attorney General refused to appeal Prop 8 to the Supreme Court after the 9th circuit court of appeal found it unconstitutional. Thus other petitioners appealed including Hollingsworth, leader of the group Protect Marriage, asking the high court to strike down the 9th court ruling.
December 5, 2012 -- (San Diego’s East County) – ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflect all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:
- Is fracking contaminating U.S. livestock? (AllGov.com)
- Prop 8 supporters, opponents, await Supreme Court decision (Sacramento Bee)
- Report finds 69% of pork contaminated with bacteria (Eatocracy, citing Consumer Reports data)
- Female combat vets push to overturn wartime restrictions (UT San Diego)
- Senate votes to tighten sanctions on Iran (UT San Diego)
- Analysis: Democrats' discord undercuts Obama estate tax push (Reuters)
- House GOP committee chairs will all be white men in next Congress (Huffington Post)
- What happens to women denied abortion? This is first scientific study to find out (i09)
- Cairo’s Tahrir Square fills with anti-Morsi protesters (BBC)
- ADL: Anti-Israel campus activity rising after Gaza conflict (Jerusalem Post)
- Joint U.S.-Afghan Base Attacked By Taliban In Eastern Afghanistan (NPR)
- Egypt’s top court shuts down, blames Islamic protesters (Reuters)
- Change to royal succession agreed (BBC)
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- Community meeting discussing Quail Brush Power Plant Feb. 28 (Santee Patch)
- Grossmont expands school enrollment choices for some (San Diego Union-Tribune)
- San Diego Gas & Electric wants you to pay for its negligence (San Diego Reader)
- Nature reclaims local cold war relic (San Diego Union-Tribune)
- Hunter introduces bill to name Ramona Post Office after Mac McWilliams (Ramona Patch)
- Helix claims Hills League title with tiebreaking victory over Grossmont (La Mesa Patch)
- Veterans recover from war wounds on the farm (MSNBC)
- SDPD Oversight Board Faces Favoritism Accusations
- Prop 8 backers seek review of gay marriage case (Sacramento Bee)
- Jerry Brown: California to reopen trade offices in China (Sacramento Bee)
August 25, 2011 (San Diego) – Mike Kennedy of Encanto was among nine same-sex marriage advocates arrested last year on August 19, 2011. Kennedy and his partner had an appointment to be married at the County Clerk’s office downtown after a federal judge ruled Proposition 8 unconstitutional. But since the decision was being appealed, the County Clerk refused to marry same-sex couples. Kennedy and others who staged a peaceful sit-in protest were arrested.
Now the City is pressing charges—and Kennedy joined a group of protesters who staged a rally Friday asking that the charges be dropped. “I felt it important to take a stand because, as a gay man, I am subjected to many forms of discrimination all the time,” Kennedy told ECM in an exclusive interview.
February 18, 2011 (Sacramento) -- Do opponents of gay marriage have legal standing to challenge a decision overturning Proposition 8 in federal court after the state’s two top officers opted not to defend the measure? California’s Supreme Court has announced it will take up that legal question.
East County News Service
August 17, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday announced an indefinite stay on same-sex marriages. The 9th Circuit also expedited scheduling to hear the appeal of Judge Walker’s decision to overturn Prop 8.
The appeal is slated to be heard by the 9th Circuit on December 6th. Meanwhile, couples hoping to tie the knot are left in legal limbo.
East County News Service
August 13, 2010 (San Diego) – U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker lifted a stay on gay marriages yesterday, after overturning Proposition 8 as unconstitutional last week. The judge declined to implement his order immediately, however, giving opponents time to appeal to a higher court. If the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals does not intervene, same-sex marriages may occur starting Wednesday.
San Diego’s Assessor/Recorder/Clerk’s office is accepting reservations for ceremonies to be performing as early as Wednesday, provided the ruling holds.
Judge to hear arguments today on whether to issue a stay extending ban on gay marriages pending appeal; weddings could resume as early as tomorrow
East County News Network
August 4, 2010 (San Diego) – Over a thousand people celebrated in the streets of San Diego today after a federal judge declared Proposition 8, the initiative banning gay marriage, to be unconstitutional. Same-sex marriages could resume as early as tomorrow--or not at all, depending on a judge's ruling on a request for a stay to extend the ban pending appeal.
"Yesterday when the ruiling came out, our phones starting ringing off the hook," San Diego County Assessor/Recorder/Clerk Dave Butler told East County Magazine. Then word got out that the judge had issued a temporary stay until he hears arguments today and issues a decision on the stay. "The phones have been quiet today," Butler said.