Costa Rica’s Constitutional Court Orders A Stop To Same-Sex Marriage Referendum

August 10, 2010

from Inside Costa Rica

The Sala Constitucional (Constitutional Court) has ordered the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones (TSE) to suspend the process of the referendum on same sex marriages that was to have been included in the December 2010 municipal elections.

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Imperial County Appeals Judge’s Overturning of Gay Marriage Ban

August 10, 2010

from the Los Angeles Times

The County of Imperial filed an appeal Tuesday with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals challenging U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker’s ruling that deemed Proposition 8’s ban of same-sex marriage unconstitutional.

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All Mexican States Must Recognize Gay Marriages

August 10, 2010

from the Associated Press

Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that all 31 states must recognize same-sex marriages performed in the capital, though its decision does not force those states to begin marrying gay couples in their territory.

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American Bar Association Backs Same-Sex Marriage

August 10, 2010

from the Associated Press

The country’s largest lawyers’ group has backed a resolution (pdf) calling on all state legislatures to let same-sex couples get married.

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Tending to the Community: Kate Kendell Bartends at CAV Wine Bar

August 10, 2010

On Wednesday, August 4, 2010 Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that Proposition 8 was unconstitutional. By Friday, August 6, 2010 the opposition already had filed the appeal to a higher court. While there is great celebration in the LGBT community for the great victory, there is also great attention toward the next phases of the journey towards full and true equal rights. To that end. Pamela Busch, the owner of San Francisco’s CAV Wine Bar, decided that 10% of the proceedings for the bar tab on that day would be donated to the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and Equality California (EQCA) two organizations whose tireless efforts have helped in this fight. NCLR Exec. Director Kate Kendell tended bar at CAV this evening and took a few moments in her inaugural moments as bar keep to share some thoughts.

Tending to the Community: Kate Kendell Bartends…, posted with vodpod

Gay, Lesbian College Presidents Form New Group

August 10, 2010

by Scott Jaschik | USA Today

Nine college and university presidents gathered in Chicago over the weekend and decided to form a new organization that will promote the professional development of gay academics as well as work on education and advocacy issues.

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California Seeks IRS Tax Equity for Same-Sex Spouses

August 10, 2010

from the Associated Press

The California Legislature has passed a resolution asking that same-sex spouses and domestic partners be taxed the same as heterosexual married couples.

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My Fellow Conservatives, Think Carefully About Your Opposition to Gay Marriage

August 10, 2010

by Margaret Hoover | FOX News

As a conservative Republican representing the next generation of attitudes towards gays and lesbians, I encouraged the readers of FoxNews.com last January to take a careful look at the arguments and evidence in the Prop 8 trial, Perry v. Schwarzenegger.

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Prop 8 Updated – A Triple Waiting Game

August 10, 2010

by Lisa Keen | Keen News Service

The waiting game around the Proposition 8 challenge in a federal court in San Francisco grows curiouser and curiouser.

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LA Times Editorial: Homosexuality and the Law

August 10, 2010

Los Angeles Times editorial

In striking down Proposition 8, U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker penned an opinion that was heavy on findings of fact. In eloquent detail, he described the evidence presented at trial, and the utter lack of evidence for any of the arguments used to deny marriage to gay and lesbian couples. Though higher courts may overturn Walker’s conclusions, the facts laid out should remain an important part of any future legal considerations.

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