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August 15, 2013

Argument by ProtectMarriage is rejected by state's high court

The California Supreme Court has handed what appears to be the final legal defeat to the group behind Proposition 8 and its efforts to halt same-sex marriages in the stage.

The court met in closed session and rejected the arguments of ProtectMarriage that a single judge did not have the authority to overturn a statewide law.

That judge was Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker who in 2010 declared California's ban on gay marriage, passed by voters in 2008, to be unconstitutional.

July 24, 2013

San Diego County Clerk says he filed to stop marriages in order to obtain legal clarity

The California Supreme Court has denied a request by the clerk of San Diego County to immediately halt same-sex marriages in the state.

The denial on Tuesday (23 July) comes eight days after the same court denied a similar request made by backers of Proposition 8, the ballot initiative in 2008 passed by voters to outlaw gay marriage in California.

Clerk Ernest Dronenburg Jr. had argued that county clerks in the state were not legally bound by Governor Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris orders last month that they marry gay couples.

July 10, 2013

Lambda Legal and American Civil Liberties Union launch multi-state strategy

Several legal actions are being planned to try and bring same-sex marriage to the 37 remaining states in the US where it is not yet legal.

Less than two weeks after the US Supreme Court gave huge boosts to gay marriage with their rulings on California's Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act, the activist groups Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) - separately and sometimes together - are busy filing and planning lawsuits.

March 15, 2013

US Solicitor General to speak during oral arguments in Prop 8 case

The US government has been granted face time before the Supreme Court later this month during oral arguments in a case challenging the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8.

The Department of Justice had asked to participate in the arguments scheduled for 26 March and the court granted the request today.

The order states: 'The motion of the Solicitor General for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae and for divided argument is granted.'

Proposition 8 is a referendum approved by California voters in 2008 banning gay marriage.

March 12, 2013

Washington DC event among 60 planned across US on March 26 and 27

As the US Supreme Court is inside listening to oral arguments in cases challenging the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, activists plan to be outside making a statement in the court of public opinion.

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, United for Marriage and a coalition of other LGBT grassroots organizations, will rally outside the court in Washington DC on 26 and 27 March, the days oral arguments in the cases will be given.

July 31, 2012

Court to decide after its summer recess whether to hear landmark case

Gay marriage opponents on Tuesday (31 July) asked the US Supreme Court to overturn a federal appellate court decision that struck down California's Proposition 8 which stripped same-sex couples of the right to marry.

Proposition 8 sponsors Protect Marriage described the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in February that California's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional as 'misguided.'

June 5, 2012

'Until all people have equal rights, especially on this issue of marriage, we can't celebrate'

When it came time for California's Attorney General Kamala Harris to address the crowd at Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's annual LGBT Garden Party over the weekend, the sound system was no longer working properly.

The the words of the event's guest of honor could still be heard loud and clear above the crowd.

February 8, 2012

Both sides confident of victory before highest court in U.S.

The legal battle over California's Proposition 8 will likely not end with the ruling Tuesday (7 February) by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.

The ruling will now most certainly be appealed by Prop. 8 proponents to the U.S. Supreme Court. The court can either decide not to hear the case and allow the ruling to stand, or set the stage for the ultimate legal battle over same-sex marriage.