Defense of Marriage Act
Two Bay Area constitutional law professors predicted the U.S. Supreme Court will invalidate Proposition 8 and a key section of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. But they expect the rulings to be narrow, limited or splintered.
The Supreme Court is indicating it could strike down the federal law that prevents legally married gay couples from receiving a range of federal benefits for married people.
The Supreme Court dove into a historic debate on gay rights Tuesday that could soon lead to resumption of same-sex marriage in California, but the justices signaled they may not be ready for a major national ruling on whether America’s gays and lesbians have a right to marry.
Clinton says the Defense of Marriage Act is incompatible with the Constitution. He says he signed the law in 1996 to avoid legislation that would have been even worse for gays.
Apple, Google and other leading Silicon Valley technology companies have joined hundreds across the nation in signing a friend-of-the-court brief urging the Supreme Court to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act.
Gay and lesbian couples who are challenging California’s ban on same-sex marriage said Thursday that the Constitution prohibits discrimination against them in the nation’s largest state or anywhere else in America.
Supporters of California’s ban on same-sex marriage have filed their first briefs with U.S. Supreme Court ahead of the hearing on Proposition 8 set for March.
A San Francisco Supervisor is trying to eliminate what he called a discriminatory tax burden for same-sex spouses and domestic partners of city workers.
The U.S. Supreme Court indicated Monday that it is likely to decide in late November whether to review the case of Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage.
U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) applauded a federal appeals court ruling Thursday declaring that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.