Supreme Court Strikes Down Federal Defense Of Marriage ActThe high court invalidated the federal Defense of Marriage Act Wednesday that has prevented married gay couples from receiving a range of tax, health and retirement benefits that are generally available to married people. The vote was 5-4.
Bay Area Rallies Planned For Prop. 8, DOMA DecisionsWith the U.S. Supreme Court expected to release its Proposition 8 and Defense of Marriage Act rulings on Wednesday, rallies were planned all over the Bay Area in support of same-sex marriage rights.
Pelosi To 'Fight' For Gun Control, Predicts DOMA Defeat & Immigration ReformU.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.
Bay Area Law Professors Predict High Court Will Invalidate Prop. 8, DOMATwo 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.
Supreme Court Skeptical Of Law Preventing Federal Benefits For GaysThe 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 Calls For End Of Defense Of Marriage ActClinton 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.
Silicon Valley Giants Urge Supreme Court To Overturn DOMAApple, 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.
U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Prop. 8, Defense Of Marriage Cases In MarchThe 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.
SF Braces For Possible Supreme Court Decision On Prop. 8 HearingThe 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.
Pelosi Applauds Court Ruling That Defense Of Marriage Act Is UnconstitutionalU.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.
'Defense Of Marriage Act' Provision Struck Down By Oakland Federal JudgeA 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.