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CA Battle Over Marriage Raises Novel Legal Questions

Washington Post
June 8, 2008
"If the November measure were to pass, we would be entering unprecedented territory," said David B. Cruz, an expert on constitutional law at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. "We have never seen a constitutional amendment like this in California that would take away rights that people had already exercised." [Link]

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OP/ED: What hath our initiative process wrought?

Los Angeles Times
June 6, 2008
Why is it easier to take away civil rights than approve a 1/2-cent sales tax? It would take just 51% of the electorate to write discrimination into California's Constitution and a whopping 67% to invest in their infrastructure and environment. [Link]

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California sees economic windfall in gay couples’ weddings

San Francisco Chronicle
June 5, 2008
A multitude of weddings is likely to be good business at a time when many folks are in belt-tightening mode. [Link]

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Timing of marriage licenses for same-sex couples varies

Mercury News
June 6, 2008
The official time for marriage licenses to be available to same-sex couples in California is 5:01p.m. on June 16, but offices will vary as to if they stay open late on the 16th or just start issuing licenses on June 17th. (Link)

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Same-sex couples can begin to marry after workday on June 16

San Francisco Chronicle
June 6, 2008
Same-sex couples can begin marrying June 16 at 5 p.m., the California Office of Vital Records said today. (Link)

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Historic Court Ruling Has National Significance

Washington Blade
June 6, 2008
The attorneys general of 10 states banded together to ask the California justices to issue a stay of their decision. Evan Wolfson called the request from the attorneys general an example of “breathtaking hypocrisy.” [Link]

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California’s Moment

The Daily Dish
June 5, 2008
Andrew Sullivan writes, "If voters are asked to decide on the abstract question of marriage equality, they respond differently than if they are asked to decide about civil marriages already in existence." [Link]

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CA marriage FAQ

San Jose Mercury News
June 5, 2008
Here are some frequently asked questions about new marriage rules, which are scheduled to begin in California later this month. [Link]

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NY Gov.: No gay exception on marriage

Windy City Times
June 4, 2008
What Paterson did is declare that his administration would follow and enforce a law that already exists in the state and has for a long time. That law says that the state will honor marriages licensed in other states, even if those marriages wouldn't be licensed in New York. Legally, Paterson changed nothing. [Link]

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Legal effects of marriage for same-sex couples

San Francisco Chronicle
June 5, 2008
In a footnote to its decision allowing gay couples to get married, the California Supreme Court identified nine differences between state laws governing marriage and domestic partnerships. [Link]

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