Prop. 8 and DOMA: The road to gay marriage

Prop. 8 and DOMA: The road to gay marriage
Gay marriage rights changed drastically in 2013 when a divided Supreme Court dismantled DOMA and said Prop. 8 supporters had no legal standing. (Leon Neal / AFP/Getty Images)

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, ruling that legally married same-sex couples are entitled to the same rights as all other married couples. The court also opened the door for same-sex marriages to resume in California by turning away the defenders of the state's Proposition 8.

On June 28, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals lifted its stay on an injunction which ordered state officials to stop enforcing Prop, 8, Within hours both couples who were plaintiffs in the case had wed.

In Prop. 8 ruling's wake, initiative sponsors take protective steps

Mindful of top court's ruling against Prop. 8, initiative sponsors build in language so they can defend their measures if need be.

In San Francisco, a weekend of gay weddings at City Hall

Afraid the same-sex marriage window will shut again, gay couples line up at San Francisco's City Hall.

Abel Maldonado does about-face, supports gay marriage

Former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado, a likely 2014 gubernatorial candidate, said he supported the Supreme Court¿s ruling that cleared the way for gay marriage in California, and said that same-sex couples should be afforded the same rights and protections as heterosexual couples.

Gay rights groups' new goal: Nationwide victory in five years

Backers of same-sex marriage declared a new goal -- striking down remaining laws that prohibit such unions.

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Proposition 8: Kind of a victory

As a statement of gay rights, the Supreme Court's Prop. 8 ruling means little.

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Prop. 8: 'This is far from over,' says law prof who supported ban

Supporters of Proposition 8 say they will try to limit the federal judge's original ruling overturning the law to keep it from having statewide impact.

Prop 8: Gay marriage could resume soon after Supreme Court ruling

Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage might not end battle

Gay marriage ruling: Supreme Court finds DOMA unconstitutional

The Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act on Wednesday in a landmark win for the gay rights movement.

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The Supreme Court opened the door for same-sex marriages in California Wednesday as the justices, turned away the defenders of Proposition 8.

Supreme Court hands major victories to gay marriage movement

The Supreme Court has given a major boost to marriage equality for gays and lesbians, striking down DOMA and clearing the way for gay marriages in California.

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Advocates for and against gay marriage waited anxiously outside the Supreme Court Wednesday morning for potentially historic decisions.

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Now that the Supreme Court has ruled legally married same-sex couples deserve equal rights to benefits under federal law, activists see more progress ahead.

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Prop. 8: John Roberts' lesbian cousin 'absolutely' proud of ruling

Jean Podrasky, the lesbian cousin of Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., said she was ¿absolutely¿ proud of the procedural ruling he authored that will permit her and her partner to marry.

Prop. 8: Gay marriages to resume in California

Same-sex marriages will resume in California in a matter of weeks, lawyers who challenged the state's Proposition 8 said.

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As crowds gathered outside the Supreme Court heard the two rulings on gay marriage, supporters hugged one another.

Supreme Court might dismiss Prop. 8 case on a technicality

Lawyers for opponents of the ban on same-sex marriage are quietly preparing California officials for that possibility. What happens after that is uncertain.

McManus: SCOTUS-induced chaos on gay marriage?

If the Supreme Court strikes down the Defense of Marriage Act but rules narrowly on California's Proposition 8, states will go their own ways on gay marriage, setting a stage for legal and political chaos.

Supreme Court seems willing to restore gay marriage in California

The sharply divided justices also appear uncomfortable with legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.

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