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  • Blogs

    July 22, 2013

    Marriage Equality Folks Still Trying to Stop Gay Marriage

    Two San Francisco pols -- California Attorney General Kamala Harris and San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera -- rebuffed marriage equality opponents today, urging the California Supreme Court Monday to ignore two new lawsuits aimed to again try stop same-sex marriage. The two lawsuits are att ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2013

    Prop. 8: Revisiting Judge Vaughn Walker's Masterpiece

    When Judge Vaughn Walker in 2010 delivered his legal masterpiece, meticulously putting foes of same-sex marriage into clown suits, many smart folks predicted its 15 citations of Justice Anthony Kennedy's own rulings would make it difficult for the Supreme Court's swing vote to disagree with himself. ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 14, 2012
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    February 7, 2012

    Prop. 8 Appeals Court Ruling: Inside the Dissenting Opinion

    ​Same-sex marriage advocates rejoiced today as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker's 2010 decision that Proposition 8, the 2008 California ballot initiative banning gay marriage, is unconstitutional.The decision is almost certainly destine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    It Doesn't Matter That Judge Vaughn Walker Is Gay

    You can be gay and impartial​At least that's what a federal judge decided today. Chief U.S. District Judge James Ware ruled on Tuesday that there is no proof that Judge Vaughn Walker, who last year struck down the state's ban on gay marriage, would benefit from his own ruling. Walker only recently ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    Judge Vaughn Walker Admits He Is Gay

    Gay!​As if he hadn't riled up opponents of same-sex marriage enough, Judge Vaughn Walker on Wednesday publicly announced that he is indeed gay. Already an icon in the gay community, the retired judge, who ruled in favor of same-sex marriage, reportedly told a group of reporters that he has been i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    Imperial County Clerk Wants to Defend Prop 8 Appeal

    Hold the cake.​Imperial County Clerk Chuck Storey is attempting to sign onto the legal challenge to Judge Vaughn Walker's decision last year that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. Storey submitted a brief today to the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco asking for the ability to defend Pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    The Year in Gay, 2010 Edition

    What a year it was​Who Will Be The Uppity Fag Of The Year?Let's face it -- this was a messy, messy year for the gays. Much of the news was good, ultimately, but shit dragged on! There were three major federal trials (four, technically -- but two were sorta merged in Massachusetts), promises ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2010

    Prop. 8 Trial: The Live Blog

    The big day has arrived...​Check back often for frequent updatesMonday, 12:05 a.m.: This is it, folks: the big day for Prop. 8 at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Lawyers for both sides get just two hours to make their cases this morning, and we're going to be on the scene to report about how it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

    Judge Stephen Reinhardt Won't Recuse Himself From Prop. 8 Trial

    Harvard Law SchoolJudge Stephen Reinhardt says he'll be there for the Dec. 6 Prop. 8 trial​Judge Stephen Reinhardt has spurned a motion that he recuse himself from adjudicating over the pending 9th Circuit Court of Appeal review of Proposition 8.Supporters of the same-sex marriage ban contended th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    Judges Named For Prop. 8 Hearing

    ​A liberal, a conservative, and a moderate. An old guy, a middle-aged guy, and a sorta young guy. Sounds like the makings for a road-trip comedy. Could be. But it's definitely the composition for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals' Dec. 6 hearing of the Proposition 8 case, which could determine the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2010

    The Gay Gratitude List

    Oh happy day...​The Week in GayIn recognition of the Thanksgiving holiday and the importance of the acknowledgment that things aren't all that bad (or maybe they are and we need to stop and smell the roses) I offer a list of events and persons worthy of gratitude.For example: Skating with the Star ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2010

    Prop. 8 Judge Vaughn Walker to Teach at U.C. Berkeley Law School

    Vaughn Walker, reimagined as a pimp. This is not a real photo.​Vaughn Walker, the federal judge who in August delivered a landmark ruling affirming the right of same-sex couples in California to marry, will begin teaching a class at U.C. Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law after he retires at the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2010

    Vaughn Walker, Prop. 8 Judge, Announces Retirement

    Judge Vaughn Walker is out ... of the building​Vaughn Walker, the Republican-appointed judge loathed in the LGBT community for much of his career -- who went on to strike down California's anti-gay marriage Proposition 8 -- has announced he's hanging up his robes. Walker will give up the mantle of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    Appeal the Prop. 8 Decision!

    It'd be a shame if the reversal of Prop. 8 didn't have national implications...​There was talk on Monday that a "group of conservative leaders" were chasing around Lieutenant Governor Abel Maldonado, begging him to file an appeal on the Proposition 8 decision, since he was acting as governor while ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2010

    Don't Ask Don't Tell Told Off

    ​The Week In GayLate yesterday, another radical hippie judge in California ruled that queers are protected by the U.S. Constitution. A lawsuit against the military ban on gay service members, Don't Ask Don't Tell, was ruled to be a violation of the First Amendment rights of gay people. The suit wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2010

    Supreme Court Rules State Not Required to Appeal Prop. 8 Ruling

    ​The California Supreme Court yesterday dismissed a right-wing group's suit that would have compelled the state to appeal Judge Vaughn Walker's ruling that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. Both Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown have come down in favor of Walker's ruling ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2010

    Kenny Mehlman is a Fudgepacker: The Week in Gay

    Oh my god, they killed the right-wing Kenny. ​ Ken Mehlman must be in love. Why else would he subject himself to the slings and arrows of the gay universe and come out of the closet? Isn't that wonderful? Aren't you happy for him? It's a theory that's not too far fetched. In an interview with The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2010

    Parking-Wise, S.F. Smarter Than NYC, Economist Says

    Matt SmithIt's getting crowded in here​When it comes to parking at least, San Francisco is smarter than the Big Apple. That's not just local boosterism. It's the conclusion of an east coast economist writing in the New York Times.San Francisco may be the worst-run big city in America. New York may ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2010

    Prop. 8 Stay Granted -- No Gay Marriage Wednesday

    Calibree PhotographyMaybe next year, lads​The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals moments ago granted a stay of Judge Vaughn Walker's Aug. 4 ruling overturning Proposition 8 -- meaning there will be no same-sex marriages on Wednesday. The appeal was granted "sua sponte" -- meaning it was not made in rega ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    The Gay Marriage Waiting Game - The Week in Gay

    Joe EskenaziLuis Juarbe, facing camera, and Mike Reardon will just have to wait a little longer...​This week was full of more of damn waiting. Just like last week. Last week we waited for Judge Vaughn Walker to decide that Prop. 8 was a piece of anti-American trash. This week we had to wait to fin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    Torturer's Apprentice John Yoo Says It's Constitutional to Ban Gay Marriage

    John Yoo​You gotta hand it to John Yoo, the former Bush Administration attorney who provided a legal rationale for torturing prisoners of war. It must be tough being an anti-human-rights playa in the midst of Collectivist Berkeley, where Yoo is a professor of -- wait for it -- constitutional law. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    Bookie Site Lays Odds on Same-Sex Marriage

    ​The folks who will allow you to bet on anything -- really, anything -- are at it again. YouWager.com is laying odds on how many same-sex marriages there will be in California next week: How many marriage licenses will be issued in California the first week starting August 18th 2010 **Wager is for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2010

    Judge Vaughn Walker May Lift Stay on Prop. 8 Ruling Today; Crowds Gather at City Hall

    What'll it be today, Judge Vaughn Walker?​A number of would-be same-sex married couples are already gathering at San Francisco's City Hall, anticipating Judge Vaughn Walker may lift the stay on his ruling overturning Proposition 8 -- which would trigger a same-sex marriage bonanza. A ruling from W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2010

    Judge Refuses to Halt Gay Weddings - But Don't Celebrate Yet

    Rod Wood and Roger Hunt, ready to wed.​UPDATE (12:45 pm): Hold everything. Now we're told that the judge's ruling doesn't go into effect until Aug. 18. There's a press conference being held now to explain the ramifications of the latest decision. We'll update you when we know more.   UPDATE ( ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2010

    Prop. 8 Overturned: Ecstasy and Agony at City Hall

    It's uncertain when Rod Wood and Roger Hunt will use these wedding rings.​No guarantee same-sex couples can wed next week, when Prop. 8 is officially overturnedFor 10 whole minutes, Thom Watson was a happy man. The 30-odd same-sex couples crammed into a balmy corridor of City Hall awaiting the wor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2010

    Vaughn Walker's Choice to Delay Gay Marriage Praised by Legal Scholars

    'Judge Walker is not a dummy...'​Judge Vaughn Walker's decision today to officially overturn Proposition 8 -- but stay that action until next week -- left a lot of same-sex couples statewide feeling like the rug had been pulled out from under them. The knowledge that their marriages were delayed a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    Judge Vaughn Walker Targeted for Impeachment

    Judge Vaugn Walker is not universally popular these days​ In an effort to undermine his Prop. 8 ruling, the American Family Association is leading a campaign to impeach Judge Vaughn Walker. The right-leaning pro-family organization states in a letter on its website that Walker should not have been ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    What a Week in Gay it Was!

    Photo illustration | Audrey FukumanJudge Vaughn Walker gave Prop. 8 the pimp slap​Seriously, this was one mother fu**ing gay week! Can I hear a what what?You may have heard that Vaughn Walker, the gayest judge in the world -- even gayer than Supreme Court's new softball coach, Justice Elena Ka ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    Jerry Brown and Arnold Schwarzenegger Say Let the Gays Marry -- Now

    Jerry Brown says: Go get married!​Update: You're never going to believe this, but, at 4:59 p.m. the City and County of San Francisco also filed a motion urging the stay be lifted! Attorney General Jerry Brown has filed a motion with Judge Vaughn Walker requesting that no stay be placed on the ruli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    Prop. 8 Ruling: Literature and Strategy

    ​UPDATE: APPEAL FILED THIS MORNINGThe multitudes who took to the streets yesterday to either celebrate or denigrate Judge Vaughn Walker's ruling overturning Prop. 8 in many ways resembled the millions of tipplers worldwide who lift a glass on Bloomsday -- but would never dream of reading Ulysses. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    Jurist, Teabagger, Porn King: The Ravings of Conservative Nutjobs Against Vaughn Walker

    Photo illustration | Audrey FukumanRight-wing loons likened Judge Vaughn Walker to a porn impresario​U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker's decision overturning Proposition 8 is, by the reckoning of most sensible observers, a masterpiece of judicial prose and reasoning. As such, it has been ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    Prop. 8 Backers Cover Their Asses

    ​Those reading the tea leaves prior to Judge Vaughn Walker's ruling in the Proposition 8 trial this afternoon may want to pay attention to this large lump: The anti-gay marriage defendants in the case late yesterday filed a motion to stay the judgment pending an appeal.What this means: The defense ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    Prop. 8 Overturned: Gay Marriage On Hold Pending Stay

    Oh, happy day...​READ THE ENTIRE RULING HERENO SAME-SEX MARRIAGES TODAY, SAYS SUPERVISOR BEVAN DUFTYFRIDAY HEARING WILL DETERMINE IF STAY ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IS LIFTED -- THOUGH DECISION MAY NOT BE MADE AT THAT TIME. SEE COURT PAPERS HERE: Temporary stay.pdfCHECK BACK FOR FREQUENT UPDATESAs many ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    Prop. 8 Ruling: Judge Vaughn Walker's Most Scathing Language

    MlinksvaJudge Vaughn Walker's greatest hits...​READ PROP. 8 ANALYSIS HEREA collection of Judge Vaughn Walker's most pointed statements from today's ruling: During closing arguments, proponents again focused on the contention that "responsible procreation is really at the heart of society's interes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    Marriage Rights Can't Rely on Fickle Politicians' Whims

    Some day his prince will come. But will a political consensus? ​Over the past few days, columnists Jonathan Rauch and Jonathan Capehart have been wringing their hands over what Judge Vaughn Walker might do to Proposition 8. They are convinced that Walker will either start an "inferno" or cause ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2010

    Prop. 8 Cast Goes to Court ... And Gets Celebrity Doppelgangers

    ​When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that cameras would not be permitted to film Perry v. Schwarzenegger,  directors John Ireland and John Ainsworth, along with a band of volunteer actors, decided to reenact the entire Prop. 8 trial and post the results to Youtube. Until today, the actors relie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    The Week in Gay - Vaughn Walker returns! Obama serves cocktails! Elton rims Rush!

    Lennon then Limbaugh -- why not?​ OK ok ok ok...Elton John didn't really perform anal-lingus on Rush Limbaugh - technically - but he was paid $1 million to sing at Limbaugh's 4th (FOURTH) wedding last weekend and as far as I'm concerned Elton's breath will always smell like Rush's ass from now o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2010

    The Week in Gay: Anti-Immigration Laws Bad, Anti-Gay Laws Good

    Your future drinking accomodations. ​ I'm just going to say this once - up front - and then I'm going to move on: The furor raised over the Arizona illegal immigrant law is interesting to watch from my queer perch. I understand the outrage. The nerve of one state threatening to restrict the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2010

    Prop. 8 Trial -- Constipated No More

    Justice delayed is justice ... wait, what were we talking about?​Remember the Prop. 8 trial that started in San Francisco in January starring Judge Vaughn Walker (gay) and featuring David Bois (liberal) and Ted Olson (conservative)? The trial that has been on hiatus longer than the presentation of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2010

    ACLU: Keep Your Hands Off Our Prop. 8 E-Mails!

    ​Yesterday, federal judge Vaughn Walker lowered the boom on the ACLU and Equality California, and insisted the organizations turn over their internal e-mails and memos even though they aren't actually part of the ongoing legal challenge to Proposition 8.Today, the ACLU employed the vaunted oh hell ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2010

    An Open Letter to All the Straight People

    Nancy? Can we talk? ​Dear heterosexual allies, I think we need to talk. You really need to start being better friends to us gays. That includes my straight pals in San Francisco, who sometimes forget that in most parts of this country homosexuals are second-class citizens. In San Francisco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2010

    It's Your Friday Morning News Quiz -- Yes, There's a Prize

    Lemme tell you what I can get for $72 million...​Everyone is familiar with the concept -- perform well, receive compensation. That's why Keanu Reeves pulls in the big bucks. Now it's your turn. Send your perfect scores on this quiz here and the first one to ace it wins a prize. It's tax free (so t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2010

    Judge Dismisses NSA Spying Lawsuit, Asserting Too Many People Were Spied On

    You read that right. U.S. District Court Chief Judge Vaughn Walker has dismissed a lawsuit in San Francisco's federal courthouse against the U.S. government, stating in his ruling that the plaintiffs' complaint that they were illegally monitored under the Bush Administration's warrantless wiretap pr ... More >>

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    October 18, 2000

    Dog Bites

    Fricke-Parks lawsuit; Jondi and Spesh CD release; Dot-com junkies

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    August 2, 2000

    A New War of Words

    Are you ready for a real newspaper rivalry?

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    August 2, 2000

    Dog Bites

    L'Etat, C'est Moi. Or Whatever; A Spoonful -- or So -- of Sugar

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    May 10, 2000

    Mecklin

    Cleaning Out the Swamp

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