The battle over gay marriage

In Novem­ber 2008, Cali­for­nia voters passed Pro­pos­i­tion 8 by a vote of 52.3% to 47.7%. The con­sti­tu­tion­al amend­ment ban­ning same-sex mar­riage was ap­proved just months after Cali­for­nia’s Su­preme Court had ruled that gays and les­bi­ans had the right to marry. The is­sue has been fought in the courts since, even as oth­er states have leg­al­ized gay mar­riage.

Read more: The Times’ com­plete cov­er­age of the battle over gay mar­riage

The Cali­for­nia Su­preme Court rules that the back­ers of Pro­pos­i­tion 8 and oth­er bal­lot meas­ures have the right to de­fend them in court.
A fed­er­al judge on Tues­day re­fused to in­val­id­ate last year’s rul­ing against Pro­pos­i­tion 8, de­cid­ing the gay jur­ist who over­turned the same-sex mar­riage ban had no ob­lig­a­tion to step aside be­cause of a pos­sible con­flict of in­terest. The de­cision Chief Judge James Ware of the U.S. Dis­trict Court in San Fran­cisco left the rul­ing by re­tired Judge Vaughn R. Walk­er in place. Walk­er’s de­cision re­mains on hold pending a sep­ar­ate ...
March 24, 2011  By Carol J. Williams
The three-judge pan­el de­cided Wed­nes­day to re­tain the ban on same-sex mar­riage en­acted by Pro­pos­i­tion 8 un­til the ap­peals courts make a fi­nal de­term­in­a­tion about wheth­er the bal­lot meas­ure is un­con­sti­tu­tion­al. Read more »
Jan. 4, 2011  By Carol J. Williams
Jan. 4, 2011  By Carol J. Williams
Jan. 4, 2011  By Carol J. Williams
Jan. 4, 2011  By Carol J. Williams
Cali­for­nia At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Kamala Har­ris filed a brief with the Su­preme Court in sup­port of gay mar­riage as it con­siders rul­ings on Pro­pos­i­tion 8.
A fed­er­al ap­peals court Tues­day struck down Cali­for­nia’s ban on same-sex mar­riage, clear­ing the way for the U.S. Su­preme Court to rule on gay mar­riage as early as next year.