| Mar 24, 2015
| 4:00 AM
Over the decades, California has chiseled out some of its most colorful laws at the ballot box.
There have been proposed initiatives seeking to allow public school children be able to sing Christmas carols, to require drug testing of state legislators,...
| Mar 12, 2015
| 11:19 AM
Utah’s Republican-controlled Legislature has passed a landmark bill that would ban discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the workplace and housing market, while also protecting religious rights.
The measure passed...
| Feb 25, 2015
| 2:09 PM
San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone is holding firm in the face of controversy that has erupted since he unveiled new morality clauses earlier this month for employees at high schools under his control.
The clauses included in a new...
| Feb 12, 2015
| 4:00 AM
San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone sparked a protest last summer when he ignored pleas from public officials to cancel his plans to march in Washington, D.C., against same-sex marriage.
Now Cordileone has prompted fresh outrage in the...
| Feb 4, 2015
| 4:59 PM
In his 2014 end-of-the-year report on the federal judiciary, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote that courts “have proceeded cautiously when it comes to adopting new technologies in certain aspects of their own operations.” Very true,...
| Jan 27, 2015
| 10:26 PM
The pledge Tuesday by the Mormon Church to oppose housing and job discrimination against gays follows years of piercing church losses in California over gay rights, including one last week.
The church opposed a new rule to bar California judges from...
| Jan 27, 2015
| 9:41 AM
Mormon church leaders are making a national appeal for a "balanced approach" in the clash between gay rights and religious freedom.
The church is promising to support some housing and job protections for gays and lesbians in exchange for legal...
| Jan 22, 2015
| 5:07 PM
By agreeing to hear four same-sex marriage cases this term, the U.S. Supreme Court probably will settle the issue once and for all by the end of June. The battles in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee — the four states from which the cases under...
| Jan 24, 2015
| 8:38 PM
When the California Supreme Court voted last week to prohibit state judges from belonging to nonprofit youth organizations that practice discrimination, Julia Kelety was not surprised.
The issue, which had been roiling through the legal community for...
| Jan 16, 2015
| 4:49 PM
Setting the stage for its most significant ruling on gay rights, the U.S. Supreme Court said Friday that it would resolve the two-decade legal battle over same-sex marriage.
The justices agreed to hear cases from Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee,...
| Dec 12, 2014
| 10:27 PM
A single conversation with a gay or lesbian door-to-door canvasser had the ability to change attitudes on same-sex marriage in neighborhoods that overwhelmingly opposed such unions, according to new research.
In a study conducted in Los Angeles County...