Posts Tagged ‘marriage’

U.S. Supreme Court Sets Prop 8 Date: March 26 – DOMA Challenge Too – Back-to-Back Showdown Over LGBT Civil Rights

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Well here’s the big news, direct from the Office of San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera, below.

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“U.S. Supreme Court sets Prop 8 oral argument date for March 26

DOMA challenge scheduled for the next day, setting the stage for back-to-back showdown over LGBT civil rights

SAN FRANCISCO (Jan. 7, 2013) — The U.S. Supreme Court moments ago published its formal argument calendar for March 2013, scheduling oral arguments in the federal constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8, called Hollingsworth v. Perry, for March 26, beginning at 10:00 a.m. EDT (7:00 a.m. PDT).

Another case that is also related to same-sex marriage rights — a challenge to the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA — will be heard the following day, on March 27, at the same time. That case is called United States v. Windsor.

In granting review to both marquee marriage equality cases exactly one month ago, the nation’s highest court set the stage for potentially landmark rulings on LGBT civil rights that promise to be the most eagerly-anticipated of the current court term. Rulings are expected by the end of June.

The legal issues at stake in the challenge to Prop 8, the controversial 2008 ballot measure that eliminated marriage rights for same-sex partners in California, are two-fold: first, whether the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment prohibits the State of California from defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman; and second, whether the proponents of Prop 8 have legal standing to litigate the case.

The American Foundation for Equal Rights filed the lawsuit in May 2009 on behalf two California couples who sought to marry: Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, and Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo. They are represented by lead counsel Theodore B. Olson and David Boies. City Attorney Dennis Herrera intervened as a co-plaintiff in the case in August 2009, renewing San Francisco’s groundbreaking pubic sector legal advocacy for the broader societal interest to end marriage discrimination against lesbian and gay couples. At trial, Herrera and his legal team provided extensive evidence that state and local governments derive significant societal and economic benefits when same-sex partners enjoy equal marriage rights — and, conversely, that denying such rights inflicts grave injustices on the LGBT community that, in turn, harm government and society at large.

When the high court granted review to the case on Dec. 7, 2012, Herrera said: “The federal challenge to Prop 8 represents one of the most significant civil rights cases to be taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court in decades, and I’m confident that the high court will reach a decision that reaffirms our Constitution’s promise of equal protection under the law.”

The U.S. Supreme Court’s argument calendar for March is published online here:

http://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/argument_calendars/MonthlyArgumentCalMar2013.pdf

The comprehensive timeline of San Francisco’s legal battle for marriage equality since February 2004 is available on City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s website at:

http://www.sfcityattorney.org/index.aspx?page=23

The Prop 8 case is: Hollingsworth v. Perry, U.S. Supreme Court, Docket No. 12-144.  The DOMA case is: United States v. Windsor, U.S. Supreme Court, Docket No. 12-307.”

Tink happy tots…

DJH and company, 2008, Civic Center:

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Fake Cable Car, Real Wedding Ceremony

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Or reception, whichever.

As soon rolling down Scott near Steiner:

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Your Right to “Absolute Sex” is Guaranteed By the Moonies – “You Too Can Say ‘I Do’”

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

See?

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As seen on the Embarcadero, fka East Street:

But don’t laugh, they control the fish supply at your favorite sushi place, I’m srsly.

“In America, first you get the sugar,* then you get the power, then you get the women.”

*Or fish, maybe that works too.

Word From The Street: “I’m Clint Fucking Eastwood and This is What I Have to Say About Gay Marriage”

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Well this is news to me - via The Tens comes a graphic from Richard Roeper.

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And that’s direct from Mr. Kowalski.

“These people who are making a big deal out of gay marriage? I don’t give a fuck about who wants to get married to anybody else. We’re making a big deal out of things we shouldn’t be making a deal out of … They go on and on with all this bullshit about ‘sanctity’ — don’t give me that sanctity crap! Just give everybody the chance to have the life they want.” — Clint Eastwood. [GQ]

OMG, It’s “Civic Response 2011″ This Morning in Civic Center – A Fire Drill With a Cast of Thousands

Friday, September 30th, 2011

[UPDATE: Famous photographer Steve Rhodes is on the scene right now:

Step 1: Kiss the bride under the largest classical dome in the western hemisphere;

Step 2: Evacuate

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All that hullabaloo in Civic Center this AM is just CIVIC RESPONSE 2011. 

Deets below.

The calm before the storm:

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All the deets:

“Multi-Agency Joint Evacuation Exercise – Civic Center Area - “Civic Response 2011″ – September 30th 2011, 10:30am

Exercise Overview
This will be a coordinated multi-organization joint evacuation drill involving the facilities management and security agencies, as well as the involved building tenants from within the San Francisco Civic Center area. This multi-agency drill will involve civilian and uniformed responders from the local and state government levels and is aimed at helping ensure public safety in the event of an actual emergency.

There will be approximately 1,500-1,800 building tenants evacuated and dozens of responders involved in this exercise. The participating agencies will activate their fire alarm plans and evacuate their tenants to pre-designated locations at Civic Center Plaza, UN Plaza, and the War Memorial area.

Participating Buildings – City Hall, Dept Public Health at 101 Grove Street, UC Hastings College of the Law, Veteran’s Building at 401 Van Ness.

The Command Post will be the SF PUC Mobile Command Vehicle (MCV) which will be parked on Grove Street between Polk and Larkin across from the Bill Graham Auditorium.

Mission: All participating buildings will execute their evacuation plans simultaneously and safely while keeping aware of the other facilities tenants.”

More deets, after the jump

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Marriage = 1 Man + 1 Woman: The Latest Prop 8 Gay Marriage Protest on the Steps of Our CA Supreme Court

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

This was the scene yesterday in Civic Center:

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Not too many compared with the old days, back in The Aughts, right?

Here’s the retort, from 2009, I think:

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Prop 8 Redux: Hey, Remember When City Attorney Dennis Herrera Marched from City Hall to the CA Supreme Court?

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

As Prop 8 winds downs the road, leave us travel back to 2008, when City Attorney Dennis Herrera made an early-morning trip from the west side of Civic Center to the north side.

See? He was fired up:

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Ah, memories.

Oh, I hear he’s a mayoral candidate

A Unique Birds-Eye View of the Bay Bridge When Traffic is Jammed Due to a Hostage Crisis, The Way it is Right Now

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

ActionNewsSF points to this unique photo just taken by Sky1Ron.

(At this point, the situation with the White Guy and the Black SUV and CHP and SFPD and, allegedly, his daughter, and guns, and bombs is unresolved…)

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How much revenue will BATA lose over this one? And will those drivers who decide to turn around at Treasure Island get a refund? Only Time Will Tell.

A view of the scene from CBS San Francisco:

San Francisco is Ready To Go With Gay Marriages Starting at 5:00 PM August 18th, 2010

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Chief Administrative Officer Bill Lee has just announced that gay marriages will once again occur at City Hall, assuming all goes well. That date and time is Wednesday, August 18th, 2010 at 5:00 PM.

So, that will give any judges who want to do anything about it plenty of time to ponder such matters. If no higher judge takes steps to put the kibosh on, it’ll be just like 2004 all over again, starting Wednesday.

Mark your calendars…

Via Steve Rhodes

Roger Hunt and Rod Wood are the First Gay Couple in Line to be Married in San Francisco

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

From San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera comes the news of the first gay couple in line to get married at City Hall – they waited half the day to see when Judge Walker would lift the stay.

They’ll have to wait at least six more days until August 18th, 2010 to see if they can get married… 

Via Dennis Herrera