Judges that will hear Prop 8 case called ‘a very good panel’ for marriage equality supporters

Two judges appointed by Democratic presidents and one named by a Republican will decide if a San Francisco trial judge improperly struck down California’s same-sex marriage ban, a federal appeals court announced Monday, Nov. 29.

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Makeup of Prop 8 panel seems promising for marriage equality advocates

Attorneys fighting for marriage equality in the Prop 8 case at the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals will see at least one friendly face staring back when they give oral arguments next week.

Stephen Reinhardt, a Carter appointee who has been solidly in the liberal wing of the court since he took the bench in 1980, is on the panel, along with Clinton appointee Michael Daley Hawkins and N. Randy Smith, a George W. Bush pick.

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Eight days in a changed world

News Analysis: From marriage to the military, the next two weeks will highlight how far the movement for gay equality has come – and how far it has to go.

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APA joins amicus brief in support of the freedom to marry in CA case

Citing the importance of stable, committed relationships and the benefits of the institution of marriage, the American Psychiatric Association has joined several other mental health organizations in submitting an amicus curie brief in the Prop 8 appeals case challenging California's ban on the freedom to marry.

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Get Busy Winning

Gill Action Fund deputy executive director Bill Smith: "For those who have been panicking about this month’s election returns, take a deep breath. Rumors of our demise have been greatly exaggerated."

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Prop. 8 hearing on the freedom to marry will be televised by C-SPAN

A federal appeals court Wednesday authorized the televising of a Dec. 6 hearing on whether Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure that banned same-sex marriage, should be struck down.

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David Hyde Pierce talks coming out and marriage

David Hyde Pierce on getting married in California in 2008: "We'd been together 26 years when we were legally allowed to get married in California. We went and did it, and we both agree it had a power, an importance to us in our lives that we can't really put into words, but that is totally palpable and intrinsic to who we are."

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Appeals Court sets stage for Proposition 8 arguments

The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals announced Monday how it wants opposing sides to lay out their cases during a critical Dec. 6 hearing on California's freedom to marry ban.

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The Message From Iowa

Evan Wolfson: "The National Organization for Marriage's insidious attack on the independent judiciary should give us all pause."

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Voice for Equality: Antonio Cromartie

Antonio Cromartie is is an American football cornerback for the New York Jets of the National Football League. Cromartie is credited with the longest play in NFL history, as he returned a missed field goal 109 yards for a touchdown on November 4, 2007.

In November of 2010, Mr. Cromartie became the first NFL player to take part in the NoH8 campaign, a group dedicated to building support for the freedom to marry.

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