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Mozilla CEO Resigns Over Stance Against Gay Marriage

Brendan Eich is out after Prop 8 backlash

(Newser) - The CEO of Mozilla has resigned after only about a week on the job over his opposition to gay marriage, reports MarketWatch . Brendan Eich decided to step down "for Mozilla and our community," the company said today in a blog post . Eich's appointment as CEO began generating... More »

Justice Kennedy to Supporters of Prop 8: Um, No

Justice refuses without comment to halt gay weddings

(Newser) - Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has denied a request from supporters of Proposition 8 to halt gay weddings in California . Kennedy turned away the request today with no additional comment. Same-sex marriage opponents asked him to step in yesterday, a day after the federal appeals court in San Francisco allowed... More »

Prop. 8 Backers to SCOTUS: Stop Gay Weddings

Says Supreme Court's decision isn't binding for 25 days

(Newser) - As wedding bells are ringing for gay couples in California , the group that brought the state Prop. 8 to begin with has filed an emergency request asking the Supreme Court to stay the unions. It's not terribly likely to happen, reports the LA Times , as one law professor says... More »

Gay Weddings Resume in California

Prop 8 plaintiffs get the honor first

(Newser) - The first gay weddings in California since the Supreme Court dealt a death blow to Prop 8 are in the books. First up yesterday were two of the plaintiffs in the case, Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, who wed in San Francisco, reports the Chronicle . "It has taken us... More »

Gay Marriage Will Be Law of Land in 5 Years: Advocates

And the issue could well end up back in the Supreme Court

(Newser) - When gay marriage advocates finish celebrating yesterday's Supreme Court rulings , a sobering bit of reality is bound to sink in: The nation now has a confusing patchwork of state and federal laws that often conflict with each other, reports the New York Times . Consider a gay couple that marries... More »

California AG Wants Gay Marriages to Resume Now

But appeals court might wait 25 days

(Newser) - So when will wedding bells resume tolling in California for gay couples? It typically takes 25 days for a Supreme Court ruling to take effect, explains the San Jose Mercury News . That would take us to July 21, but state attorney general Kamala Harris said today that it's not... More »

Hear Obama Congratulate Prop 8 Plaintiffs

His call comes during MSNBC interview

(Newser) - The four plaintiffs in the Prop 8 case got a call of congratulations from President Obama this morning, and the rest of us got to listen in because it happened on live TV. One of the couples in the case, Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, were being interviewed on MSNBC... More »

Prop 8 Is Dead: Gay Marriage Legal in California (but Not Nationwide)

Supreme Court avoids sweeping decision on pivotal case

(Newser) - After issuing a sweeping decision on the Defense of Marriage Act , the court effectively punted on its other major same-sex marriage case on the validity of Proposition 8. In another 5-4 decision, the court said that the defenders of Prop 8 didn't have the standing to step in and... More »

History Cometh: Supreme Court to Rule on Gay Marriage

A primer in advance of today's decisions

(Newser) - It's a day for the history books: Two landmark Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage are coming today, something we know with certainty because it's the last day of the term. The justices will convene at 10am ET and issue their rulings shortly thereafter, reports the New York ... More »

High Court Split in Gay Marriage Questioning

SCOTUSblog predicts a no-decision

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has finished hearing the arguments in the Proposition 8 case, and prognosticators are busy reading the tea leaves for what it might be thinking. Here's what went down:
  • Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, and, perhaps surprisingly, John Roberts, peppered Charles Cooper, the lead attorney
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1st of Landmark Gay Marriage Cases Hits SCOTUS Today

What to expect as high court considers Prop 8, DOMA

(Newser) - The Supreme Court hears two landmark gay rights cases this week, starting today. Here's what to expect:
  • What's on the docket for today? The court will consider California's voter-approved Prop 8, which banned same-sex marriage after the state Supreme Court allowed it, the AP reports. A federal
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Landmark Gay Rights Cases Head for Supreme Court

Calif. gay marriage ban before court tomorrow

(Newser) - The gay marriage debate moves to the Supreme Court this week, where justices will hear arguments for and against the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8 ban tomorrow. The federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as being between a man and a woman, will be before the court... More »

Obama Approach 'Exactly' Right on Gay Marriage

Andrew Sullivan thinks Justice Department is wise to make 'modest' arguments

(Newser) - Andrew Sullivan may be a big believer in marriage equality, but he also thinks it is a policy best pursued through legislative means, not the courts. Which is why he thinks the Obama administration is taking "exactly the right approach" in joining the Supreme Court cases over Prop 8... More »

White House Urges Court to Uphold Gay Marriage

Justice Department weighs in on California's Prop 8 case

(Newser) - The Obama administration has ramped up its fight for gay marriage at the Supreme Court ahead of two big cases in late March. The Justice Department today issued a legal brief urging the court to strike down California's Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage, reports the Los Angeles Times... More »

Eastwood Signs GOP's Gay Marriage Brief

'We're making a big deal out of things we shouldn't,' he's said in past

(Newser) - Add Clint Eastwood to the growing line of Republicans throwing their weight behind an amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court in support of gay marriage, reports Breitbart . The empty-chair whisperer and longtime Libertarian/Republican is perhaps the biggest name yet to sign the brief, and he hasn't exactly been... More »

More GOPers, Companies Back Gay Marriage

Deadline for Obama to do same is today

(Newser) - Prominent Republicans keep coming out of the woodwork to sign onto a legal brief that pushes the Supreme Court to throw its weight behind gay marriage. More than two dozen have added their names since the amicus brief first made headlines , bringing the total signatures up to more than 100.... More »

75 GOP Bigwigs Sign Brief Backing Gay Marriage

Top Republicans show support before key Supreme Court case

(Newser) - Scores of prominent Republicans have made an unprecedented show of support for gay marriage. The GOPers, including Jon Huntsman, former George W. Bush administration officials, and four former governors, have signed a legal brief arguing that gay people have the constitutional right to marry, the New York Times reports. The... More »

Supreme Court Will Rule on Gay Marriage

Justices to hear cases on California's Prop 8 and DOMA

(Newser) - The Supreme Court will take up California's ban on same-sex marriage, a case that could give the justices the chance to rule on whether gay Americans have the same constitutional right to marry as heterosexuals. The justices said today they will review a federal appeals court ruling that struck... More »

Prop. 8 'Architect' Set to Take Over as SF Archbishop

Gay Catholics reeling

(Newser) - Critics are calling it "bombshell by the Bay." The pope has sent a strong message to his Left Coast faithful by naming a key backer of Proposition 8 against gay marriage as the new archbishop of San Francisco. Salvatore Cordileone, who officially takes charge next week, is considered... More »

Prop 8's Next Stop: Supreme Court

Ninth circuit refuses to reconsider ruling

(Newser) - The 9th Circuit Court of appeals today refused to reconsider its ruling that Proposition 8 was discriminatory, clearing the way for the case to go to the Supreme Court, the San Jose Mercury News reports. Backers of the gay-marriage ban had asked the court to rehear the case with a... More »

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