Postedon Jan 14, 2011 at 03:30 pm
A decision in May by the Internal Revenue Service that was hailed as a step toward equality for same-sex couples has instead become a headache for tens of thousands of gay and lesbian families in California.
Same-sex couples who are registered domestic partners — or who married during the brief legal window — are facing a new, more complicated tax status, one that has raised a litany of expensive concerns.
Postedon Jan 06, 2011 at 01:00 pm
California state officials recently sworn into office include: Attorney General, Kamala Harris, Governor Jerry Brown, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Victoria Kolakowski, and Betty Yee, a member of the California Board of Equalization. Harris: "And in the spirit of Earl Warren, we are going to fight for the civil rights of every Californian – to worship as you will ... to live and work where you choose ... and to marry the person you love."
Postedon Jan 05, 2011 at 10:30 am
The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel said Tuesday it would not rule on the constitutionality of Proposition 8 until it gets a ruling from the California Supreme Court as to whether Yes on 8 proponents of the initiative have an “authoritative” entitlement to represent the voters who passed the initiative in the appeal in federal court.
Evan Wolfson: "Further delay in restoring the freedom to marry in California is a lamentable hardship on couples, but I am confident that we will regain the freedom to marry in California soon."
Postedon Jan 05, 2011 at 08:30 am
The Rev. Jane Adams Spahr (a Freedom to Marry Voice for Equality) was found guilty of violating the Presbyterian constitution. Her offense? Officiating at same-sex weddings.
A lesbian herself, she says she won't quit the church she loves.
Postedon Dec 21, 2010 at 12:30 pm
Lawyer Karen Golinski has spent the past 19 years working for a federal appeals court based in San Francisco.
So finding herself seated in court Friday as the plaintiff in a lawsuit seeking health insurance coverage for her same-sex partner was disturbing and strange, she said.
Postedon Dec 16, 2010 at 08:30 am
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California will hear oral arguments on Friday, Dec. 17, in a case that could result in the next major court decision regarding the federal so-called "Defense of Marriage Act," or DOMA.
Postedon Dec 10, 2010 at 01:30 pm
Dr. Gabriel Garcia of the Stanford School of Medicine discusses the healthcare disparities that result from the LGBT community being denied the freedom to marry.