U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) predicted a high court victory for same-sex marriage, signaled the passage of immigration reform efforts soon and promised a tough fight to ensure a federal background check is required for all gun purchases.
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.
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.
The Supreme Court will hear two days’ worth of arguments over laws affecting gay marriage during the last week of March, including California’s Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage.
The Supreme Court is expected to announce on Monday whether it will consider Proposition 8′s constitutionality, but they could also postpone the decision to a later date, or deny the appeal altogether.
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.
A federal judge ruled in Oakland that the state’s public-employee pension system must make long-term care insurance equally available to same-sex spouses and partners.
A Republican-led House of Representatives group announced Friday it will appeal a decision in which a federal judge in San Francisco on Wednesday struck down the U.S. Defense of Marriage Act.