For Bryan Ruiz and his partner, naval Engineering Duty Officer Jamie Mason, military rules regarding their same-sex relationship made each day more difficult. Without access to military health care for Ruiz, his medical bills from motorcycle accidents piled up. Since he isn’t in the military, even the mundane became tough: Mason had to escort Ruiz to and from the base so he could get to volleyball practice. But Wednesday changed all that, as the Defense Department announced that it will extend marriage benefits to same-sex spouses.
Less than a month after same-sex couples in California received the go-ahead to wed, a retired Methodist minister from Sacramento has come forward with a group of colleagues willing to perform same-sex marriages.
In response to last month's historic gay-marriage rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court, CalPERS' health plan is holding a special open-enrollment period for same-sex couples who were previously married.
The California Supreme Court on Monday declined to issue an emergency stay that would have put same-sex marriages in California on hold while the court decides whether to consider a new challenge filed last week by Proposition 8 supporters.
Sometimes, marriages just don't work out. The flip side of gay marriage is, of course, gay divorce.
In the dining room of their town house here, David Huebner and John Barabino were the picture of prosperous domesticity this week. A housekeeper padded about, work on their outdoor patio continued and their 3-year-old son, Miles, napped upstairs.
This weeks Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage will mean that the same-sex spouses of active-duty military personnel can soon qualify for benefits their opposite-sex counterparts have long enjoyed.
With the expected addition of California's residents after Wednesday's Supreme Court ruling, about 30 percent of Americans will live in states offering same-sex marriage.
The blur of Washington news this week – major decisions on voting rights, affirmative action, same-sex marriage and immigration – was a vivid illustration of how Americans are grappling with fundamental social change.
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn the federal Defense of Marriage Act clears the way for CalPERS to begin offering its nursing-home insurance coverage to gay couples after a three-year legal battle.
When proponents of same-sex marriage decided nearly five years ago to bring their legal battle before the Supreme Court, the decision set off a spasm of anxiety among many gay leaders worried that an adverse ruling would set back a fight that many of them had never really wanted.
The U.S. Supreme Court bolstered the cause of same-sex marriage Wednesday, but sidestepped a chance to guarantee equal rights for all gay Americans.
Key events regarding the rights of same-sex couples in California:
Reaction to the Supreme Court striking down the Defense of Marriage Act was greeted with jubilation in Sacramento and San Francisco by gay men, lesbians and their supporters.
The mood in San Francisco outside of City Hall and in midtown Sacramento was quietly hopeful before the Supreme Court's Prop. 8 decision was handed down this morning.
Within days, the Supreme Court is expected to issue a series of decisions that could transform three fundamental social institutions: marriage, education and voting.
Same-sex marriage advocates plan a slate of activities in Sacramento to coincide with the U.S. Supreme Court's upcoming ruling on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.