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2009-03-14 12:11:23

Actress Portia de Rossi, who is married to TV star Ellen DeGeneres, says she was shocked when Proposition 8 passed in California. The 36-year-old actress said when she learned the measure banning gay marriage in California passed Nov. 4, she began crying, the Los Angeles Times reported online Saturday. I just remember being so excited when Obama was elected, it was just such an amazing moment ... . I just remember going to bed thinking, 'Proposition 8?' de Rossi said. And I woke up in the...

2008-10-25 21:00:00

Mormon Church officials are trimming their efforts on behalf of a ballot initiative to abolish same-sex marriage in California, a church spokeswoman said. The church, headquartered in Salt Lake City, will continue to work on behalf of California's Proposition 8, but will stop making telephone calls from Utah to California voters, church spokeswoman Kim Farrah said in a news release. The church has been a pre-eminent supporter of the ballot initiative and, at the request of the Yes on...

2008-10-06 09:00:31

Winning Productions announces Equalipalooza -- a night of entertainment for equality. San Francisco's Margaret Cho, internationally recognized comedienne and civil rights activist, will help raise funds to defeat Proposition 8 by hosting Equalipalooza on October 15, 2008. Proposition 8, on the November ballot, aims to amend California's Constitution to eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry. Cho will be joined by fellow comedians Johnny Steele, Heather Gold and Ali Mafi for an...

2008-07-02 12:00:43

Same-sex marriage supporters are asking California's courts to throw out a ballot initiative seeking to restrict same-sex unions. Attorneys for gay rights activists say the petitions that produced the measure to amend the state's constitution were inaccurately worded. The petitions drew 1.1 million signatures and resulted in Proposition 8, called the California Marriage Protection Act, to be placed on the November ballot, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday. The petitions read: Only...

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2008-06-21 15:00:00

Scot Hammond and Seth Lawrence have already had five commitment ceremonies or weddings during their 14 years together. The last thing they need is another blender. So instead of registering their July 6 wedding at a department store, the San Francisco couple entered their names in the wedding registry on the Equality California Web site, asking wedding guests and friends to make a political donation to support gay marriage instead of buying them a wedding gift. Joshua Baker has never been...

2008-06-17 12:00:02

By Mike Swift, Mary Anne Ostrom and, San Jose Mercury News, Calif. Jun. 17--The historic, controversial moment came at 5:01 p.m. Monday: Gay marriage became legal in California, and one of the most high-profile couples who fought for same-sex marriage exchanged vows in San Francisco, as did dozens of couples throughout the state. Together more than a half century, Del Martin, 87, and Phyllis Lyon, 83, emerged into a crowded San Francisco City Hall hallway, showered with rose petals...

2008-06-16 09:00:03

The first same-sex couples in California prepared to wed when the state Supreme Court ruling legalizing such marriage takes effect. The ruling is to be effective Monday after most county clerks offices close but employees at several said they would stay open late to accommodate same-sex couples, CNN reported. Clerks told CNN they a larger number of couples Tuesday to visit their offices to complete marriage license applications that replace Bride and Groom with Partner A and Partner B....

2006-01-24 18:07:23

By Adam Tanner SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - Voters, not elected officials, should decide whether to make California the second state after Oregon to allow doctor-assisted suicide, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said on Tuesday. The Catholic governor made the remark a week after a key U.S. Supreme Court decision that has prompted state legislators to push anew for a change in California law to allow terminally ill patients to ask doctors to help end their lives. "I personally think...

2006-01-03 16:08:23

By Jason Szep BOSTON (Reuters) - Gay rights lawyers filed on Tuesday a lawsuit to stop a proposed ballot measure aimed at overturning a court decision that made Massachusetts the first and only U.S. state to legalize gay marriage. The lawsuit by the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) said the state's attorney general erred when he ruled in September that Massachusetts voters could decide in a 2008 poll to redefine marriage as the union of one man and one woman. They...

2005-11-23 19:18:48

By Jason Szep BOSTON (Reuters) - Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment that would outlaw gay marriage in Massachusetts said on Wednesday they had more than double the number of signatures needed to put the issue to voters. But gay rights lawyers threatened a legal challenge to stop the ballot initiative, underscoring deepening tension over the divisive issue a year after Massachusetts became the first U.S. state to legalize gay marriage. A loose coalition of conservative...