16 June 2010 ~ 0 Comments

California’s Gay-Marriage Battle Heads for the Judge

Attorney Theodore Olson, left, speaks in front of attorney David Boies, right, during a news conference in San Francisco on Monday, Jan. 11, 2010.

One of the most important — and contentious — civil rights trials in a generation comes to a close June 16, 2010, in a San Francisco courtroom, when lawyers for two gay couples attempt to persuade a federal judge to be the first to rule that the U.S. Constitution guarantees gays and lesbians the right to marry. Their opponents, backed by many of the most powerful religious voices in America, will argue that Californians got it right in 2008 when they voted to make gay marriage unconstitutional in their state. […]

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13 June 2010 ~ 4 Comments

Mormons Found Guilty on 13 Counts of Prop 8 Malfeasance

Dan Aiello

Dan Aiello Reports

On Wednesday, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints became the first religious organization to be fined for political malfeasance, according to Californians Against Hate (CAH), the non-profit organization that filed the complaint after voters narrowly approved the anti-marriage equality initiative, proposition 8, November, 2008.

Leaders of the Mormon Church “failed to timely report making late non-monetary contributions” to the Yes on Prop 8 campaign, an amount totaling $36,928, according to the June 10, 2010 finding by California’s Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), announced at the commission’s meeting Wednesday in Sacramento. The commission’s enforcement included levying a 15% punitive fine against the LDS organization, totaling $5,539 dollars. […]

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