Since Proposition 8 was struck down in the Supreme Court, same-sex marriage is once again legal in California. Unfortunately, just because something is legal doesn’t mean that people are suddenly more accepting and open-minded about it.
Ken Bencomo of Rancho Cucamonga taught at St. Lucy’s Priory, an all-girls Catholic school in Glendora, California, and was head of the English department. Bencomo is gay and for 10 of the 17 years he has worked at St. Lucy’s, school officials knew his sexual orientation and had even met his partner. Yet after all this time, Bencomo was fired from his position just days after he married his partner, Christopher Persky, according to The San Bernadino Sun. According to USA Today, the school justified their decision, saying that gay marriage goes against the teachings of the Catholic Church. Officials apparently did not have a problem with Bencomo being gay, they just had a problem with him getting married to the person that he loves. HUH? Keep reading »
The Supreme Court’s decisions to strike down DOMA and Prop 8 deserve some serious celebration. And what food would be more fitting for this sweet, sweet victory than an array of rainbow desserts? I found recipes for rainbow cake, popsicles, cupcakes, cookies, truffles, and much more. Click through to check ‘em out!
On Wednesday morning the Supreme Court ruled to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s anti-gay marriage Prop 8. After months of waiting for a decision, gay marriage supporters can breathe a sigh of relief.
Photos from around the Supreme Court and in San Francisco’s City Hall capture the ebullient mood of gay rights supporters on hearing the decision. Click through to see how gay marriage advocates are celebrating the win.
By now, you’ve probably noticed more than a few of your friends have changed their Facebook profile photos to the image of an equals sign on a red background, showing their support for marriage equality. This week, the Supreme Court is hearing arguments in two key cases, the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Prop 8, and many gay marriage supporters are rallying at the capitol. Those who are with them in spirit have gotten creative and a number of great twists on the equals sign, as well as other pro-marriage equality memes, have been making the rounds on the internet. Here are 25 of our favorites…
More good news on the marriage equality front! Today, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals found Proposition 8 to be unconstitutional. California voters passed the measure in 2008, explicitly defining marriage to be between one man and one woman. In the four-month period before the law took effect, an estimated 18,000 same-sex couples wed in California. Today the court ruled that “Proposition 8 served no purpose, and had no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California.” This is an important victory, and experts think the case will make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court within the next year. Between Washington state’s recent marriage equality bill and 116 U.S. mayors signing a Freedom To Marry pledge, it feels like the tide is finally turning in the fight for equal rights. It’s about time. Read the full text of the court’s decision here. [Los Angeles Times]
It’s official: Prop 8 has been overturned in California. This afternoon, U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that the ballot initiative denying marriage rights to same-sex couples was unconstitutional. Proposition 8 was passed in California in November 2008, following a May 2008 decision by the California Supreme Court that allowed for same-sex marriage in the state constitution; Prop 8 amended that law, saying that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” In May 2009, the California Supreme Court upheld Prop 8 but said that the gay marriages that were officiated in the state between May and November 2008 were still considered legal. Meanwhile, lawyers Ted Olson and David Boies brought their case against Prop 8 in front of Judge Walker and argued that it was unconstitutional. In a 136-page ruling, Judge Walker agreed with them. Walker writes:
Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license. Indeed the evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California constitution the notion that opposite sex couples are superior to same sex couples.
Three cheers for marriage equality! [Good As You, NYMag.com] Keep reading »
Drew attended a demonstrated against the California Supreme Court’s decision upholding Prop 8. Good for her. But what’s up with the blue under-eye shadow? [West Hollywood, CA, 5/26/09] Keep reading »
The California Supreme Court has ruled to uphold Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage. However, the court also decided that the some 18,000 same sex marriages that occurred between June and November, when Prop 8 passed, will stand. [LA Times] Keep reading »
Last May, after the California State Supreme Court’s groundbreaking civil rights decision that same sex marriage bans were unconstitutional, 18,000 couples, including Ellen and Portia, were finally able to tie the knot! However, in November, Proposition 8 passed by a narrow majority, putting all those wedding bands in jeopardy! Luckily, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger listened to the public outcry for equal rights and stepped in to try and terminate the proposition. Today, the court began hearing oral arguments over the legality of outlawing gay marriage and promised a verdict in 90 days. So, while we gals at The Frisky keep our fingers crossed that love will conquer all the H8, after the jump listen to 10 sweet songs that show just how beautiful a same sex union can be!
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