| Feb 25, 2014
| 3:40 PM
U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. seems to see himself as a minister of justice with responsibilities that transcend the actual duties of his job. In his latest pronouncement, Holder told the New York Times that state attorneys general should feel free...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 1:47 PM
Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage treats gays as second-class citizens and should be overturned, an attorney representing a lesbian couple argued Tuesday at the start of the latest legal challenge to such laws.
The case is being closely watched for...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 6:05 PM
Ron Nehring, former chairman of the California Republican Party, said Tuesday that he is running for lieutenant governor.
"It's a key leadership position in state government, and the lieutenant governor's office is what the holder chooses to make of it,...
| Feb 16, 2014
| 10:15 PM
WASHINGTON — The legal campaign for marriage equality is picking up speed, moving at a pace that has surprised even longtime advocates and increasing the likelihood of a definitive Supreme Court test as early as next year.
Efforts by some...
| Jan 31, 2014
Re "Gay marriage, in court again," Editorial, Jan. 29
With the Proposition 8 case last year, the Supreme Court might well have been forced to rule on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans. Instead, Gov. Jerry Brown and Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris...
| Jan 29, 2014
Last year, as the Supreme Court was considering cases on both Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act, this page urged the justices to issue a ruling making it clear that state bans on same-sex marriage violated the Constitution. Instead, the...
| Jan 19, 2014
Pairing friends with travel might seem as natural as pairing hot dogs with mustard or movies with popcorn. Unfortunately, it's not quite as straightforward. You and your buddies might enjoy dinners and movies around town, but on the road, you may discover...
| Jan 27, 2014
State laws that make it nearly impossible to fire even the worst teachers make for poor educational policy. The same is true of laws that require teacher layoffs to be decided on the basis of seniority, and that give principals only a year and a half to...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 5:24 PM
Newly elected Virginia Atty. Gen. Mark R. Herring abruptly reversed the state's position on gay marriage Thursday, declaring a voter-approved ban unconstitutional and announcing that his office would no longer defend it.
Though the state will continue...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 9:51 AM
Newly elected Virginia Atty. Gen. Mark R. Herring filed a court opinion Thursday declaring the state’s voter-approved ban on gay marriage unconstitutional and announcing his office will no longer defend the law.
The decision follows recent federal...
| Feb 27, 2014
The six state attorneys general who have declined to defend their states' bans on same-sex marriage in court got some encouragement this week from U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. In a speech to the National Assn. of Attorneys General, Holder said...