9th Circuit Court of Appeals
A federal appeals court in San Francisco Tuesday cleared the way for a trial on two civil rights lawsuits filed against former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle and other officers by the father of Oscar Grant III and five of Grant’s friends.
Monday was the first chance for all but a handful of the state’s same-sex couples to wed since 2008, when about 18,000 marriages went forward during a brief legal window before a voter-approved ban.
The Santa Clara County Clerk’s office issued more than twice as many marriage licenses as usual in its first day since a federal court lifted a stay on same-sex marriages late last week.
Over 100 same-sex couples wed at San Francisco City Hall Saturday as clerks continued issuing marriage licenses one day after a federal appeals court cleared the way for the state of California to immediately lift a 4-year freeze.
Lawyers for the sponsors of California’s same-sex marriage ban, Proposition 8, filed an emergency motion Saturday asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overrule a federal appeals court that on Friday freed the state to resume issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, based in San Francisco, filed an order late Friday afternoon allowing same-sex marriages to resume in California immediately. At San Francisco City Hall, officials quickly conducted California’s first same-sex marriage ceremony.
California’s ban on the importation of shark fins goes into full effect on Monday. Meanwhile, community leaders in San Francisco’s Chinatown are urging compliance with the law.
In a ruling written May 20 and obtained Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston ordered Google to comply with the FBI’s demands.
A federal court in San Francisco Tuesday struck down Arizona’s ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera has made the latest move in the ongoing battle over two local gun safety ordinances.