| Dec 31, 2013
| 6:42 PM
WASHINGTON — With an emergency appeal filed Tuesday by Utah, the U.S. Supreme Court is again facing a difficult decision on whether gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry — a question the justices carefully dodged last year....
| Jan 7, 2014
| 10:23 AM
After a federal district judge in Utah struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage and refused to stay his ruling, the state asked the U.S. Supreme Court to put the decision on hold. The court obliged.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise....
| Sep 5, 2013
| 11:21 AM
Joining with counterparts from five other states and the District of Columbia, state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris has filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. Supreme Court implicitly arguing that California’s ban on racial preferences by state...
| Nov 28, 2013
One hundred and fifty years ago, with the country still torn by civil war, President Lincoln issued a proclamation calling for all Americans to observe a common day "of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens." That'...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 3:00 AM
German graphic designer Benedikt Gross was flying into Los Angeles for the first time when he gazed out the jetliner's window and was mesmerized by the hundreds of shimmering blue swimming pools tiling the landscape below.
The image of all those...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 5:20 PM
SAN FRANCISCO — The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals announced Monday that this month it will become the first federal appeals court in the country to use its technology to provide live video coverage of hearings on major cases.
| Dec 4, 2013
| 12:30 AM
Last year, Vice President Joseph Biden gave credit to the public shift in attitudes toward gay relationships to "Will & Grace," bolstering the notion that Hollywood has played a central role in the turnabout in public opinion to the point where a steady...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 5:02 PM
This year started out well for same-sex marriage. On Jan. 1, Maryland became the ninth state to recognize the marriages of gay and lesbian couples.
And it ended even better. Several votes and a smattering of court rulings later, the number of states...
| Dec 23, 2013
Here's something that California doesn't need: a replay of Proposition 8 in slightly different form. But it may get one. Opponents of a new state law that expands the rights of transgender students say they have submitted enough signatures to place a...
| Dec 26, 2013
Californians could be faced in November with a proposal to dramatically alter the pension and benefit system for public employees. San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed has submitted a statewide ballot initiative that would allow government agencies to negotiate...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Utah officials plan to ask the U.S. Supreme Court as early as Thursday to stop same-sex marriages in their state, a last-ditch effort to halt the parade of weddings since a federal judge struck down the state’s ban on such unions.