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July 12, 2013
In response to the July 6 letter to the editor, “Court's decision negates power of vote.” It can be unsettling to see the power of a vote reversed, but would the letter writer agree that interracial marriage in the U.S. should be illegal as well? Up until the Supreme Court decision that deemed anti-miscegenation laws unconstitutional on June 12th, 1967, interracial marriage in the U.S. was illegal in the southern states. In this case, Prop 8 was a discriminatory law created by religious fundamentalists seeking to impose their values on all the people.
THE818NOW
March 26, 2013
The Supreme Court asked skeptical questions Tuesday of former Reagan administration lawyer Charles J. Cooper about his assertion that California's ban on gay marriage should be upheld. Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. questioned Cooper as to whether his clients had standing to challenge lower court decisions overturning Proposition 8 . Justice Anthony Kennedy , seen as the swing vote on the issue, asked about the rights of children whose parents are already married.
THE818NOW
November 30, 2012
The Supreme Court took no action Friday on a series of pending appeals involving gay marriage, putting off until at least next week a decision on which cases to hear. The justices met behind closed doors to debate cases involving the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8 , the voter initiative that limits marriage to a man and a woman. The court said only that it had agreed to hear two new business cases. Nonetheless, the court is almost certain to review at least one of the gay marriage cases.
THE818NOW
February 27, 2013
California's top law enforcement officer told the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday that Proposition 8's ban on same-sex marriage should be overturned because its sole purpose was to “strip loving relationships of validation and dignity under the law,” according to an amicus brief. In a friend of the court brief, Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris also argued that the proponents of Proposition 8 - California's voter-approved measure limiting marriage to a man and a woman - did not have legal authority or “standing” to appeal a federal district court decision overturning the 2008 ballot measure.
THE818NOW
June 5, 2012
A federal appeals court Tuesday rejected an appeal of February's ruling that overturned Proposition 8, a move that is likely to send the debate over same-sex marriage to theU.S. Supreme Court. The decision by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals paves the way for a high court decision on gay marriage by next year. Proposition 8, passed by California voters in November 2008, reinstated a ban on same-sex nuptials six months after the state Supreme Court had struck it down on state constitutional grounds.
THE818NOW
December 7, 2012
The Supreme Court announced Friday it will rule for the first time on same-sex marriage by deciding the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8 , the voter initiative that limited marriage to a man and a woman. The justices also said they would decide whether legally married gay couples have a right to equal benefits under federal law. The California case raises the broad question of whether gays and lesbians have an equal right to marry. FULL COVERAGE: The battle over gay marriage  If the justices had turned down the appeal from the defenders of Prop.
NEWS
May 21, 2003
Ben Godar Invoking the name of Jesus Christ or any other deity will remain prohibited at City Council meetings. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear the city of Burbank's appeal in a case that banned such religious references at council meetings. Justices reviewed the case late last week, and announced their decision without comment, a court official said. Jewish activist Irv Rubin filed the lawsuit in 1999 after a Mormon bishop used the phrase "Jesus Christ" in a prayer before a council meeting.
THE818NOW
December 7, 2012
Burbank residents Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo were catapulted onto the national stage Friday when the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it would rule on constitutionality of California's Proposition 8, the voter-approved same-sex marriage ban that the couple sued to overturn. For most of the day, Katami and Zarrillo, together nearly 12 years, were on a circuit of media interviews and conference calls as the nation learned that the Supreme Court had decided, for the first time, to weigh in on same-sex marriage.
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By By Lauren Hilgers | January 25, 2006
DOWNTOWN -- U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer made a stop in Burbank on Tuesday, announcing her opposition to Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito. Even as Boxer spoke in the Burbank City Council Chambers, Alito's nomination was being sent from the Senate Judiciary Committee to the full Senate. His nomination was passed on a 10 to 8 vote split along party lines. "I think it's appropriate that Sen. Boxer was here on election day," said Paul Krekorian, president of Burbank Unified School District's Board of Education, who attended the news conference.
NEWS
May 17, 2003
Ben Godar The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to decide in the next few days whether it will consider an appeal to overturn a ban on religious prayers at Burbank City Council meetings. The justices are expected to announce Monday whether they will consider the case, a Supreme Court spokesperson said this week. If the case is accepted, it would likely not begin until October, according to attorneys. In 1999, Jewish activist Irv Rubin and Roberto Alejandro Gandara of Rosemead filed a lawsuit against Burbank seeking to prohibit religious references during the invocation before council meetings.
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By Emily Foxhall, Daily Pilot | March 27, 2014
A Newport Beach ordinance limiting group homes, struck down by a federal appeals court, has been cited repeatedly by Burbank officials who say they are extremely restricted in regulating such facilities. But last week, Burbank City Council members said they would consider a temporary ban on such homes, following a request from dozens of residents demanding action.  The Orange County city plans to petition the  U.S. Supreme Court  to overturn a lower court decision that determined its group home ordinance is discriminatory, the Daily Pilot reported . Newport Beach City Council members voted unanimously during a closed session meeting Tuesday to pursue the petition, City Atty.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | February 25, 2014
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied the city's request to review a lower court's decision that a former police detective was protected under the First Amendment when he reported officer misconduct. The city filed a petition with the Supreme Court in November arguing that former Det. Angelo Dahlia was not protected by the First Amendment, and therefore cannot sue the city for retaliation , because as a police officer, it was his professional duty to report crimes he witnessed.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | December 27, 2013
A Burbank couple made national headlines this year after successfully tackling Proposition 8 , California's 2008 ban on same-sex marriage . Burbank residents Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo, along with a lesbian couple from Berkeley, challenged the ban in what amounted to a four-year legal battle, full of emotional testimonies, near-endless court hearings and trips to Washington, D.C. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court effectively nullified Proposition...
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | October 11, 2013
The Burbank City Council authorized a petition Tuesday to appeal a ruling by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that a former Burbank police detective can sue the city for allegedly placing him on administrative leave for disclosing police misconduct. In a 3-1 vote behind closed doors, in which Councilman David Gordon was the sole dissenter, the council signed off on plans to petition to the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case. Councilman Jess Talamantes was absent. In August, an 11-judge panel ruled that Angelo Dahlia was protected by the First Amendment when he alleged misconduct by officers in the wake of a 2007 robbery at Porto's Bakery in Burbank.
THE818NOW
July 16, 2013
The California Supreme Court refused Monday to halt same-sex marriages while considering a legal bid to revive Proposition 8 . In a brief order, the state high court rejected a request by ProtectMarriage, the sponsors of the 2008 ballot measure, to stop the marriages now while the group's challenge is pending. ProtectMarriage argued in a petition filed Friday that a federal judge's 2010 injunction against Proposition 8 did not apply statewide and that Gov. Jerry Brown erred when he ordered all counties to obey it. TIMELINE: Proposition 8 decision The court has asked for written arguments on ProtectMarriage's challenge but is not expected to rule until August, at the earliest.
NEWS
July 12, 2013
In response to the July 6 letter to the editor, “Court's decision negates power of vote.” It can be unsettling to see the power of a vote reversed, but would the letter writer agree that interracial marriage in the U.S. should be illegal as well? Up until the Supreme Court decision that deemed anti-miscegenation laws unconstitutional on June 12th, 1967, interracial marriage in the U.S. was illegal in the southern states. In this case, Prop 8 was a discriminatory law created by religious fundamentalists seeking to impose their values on all the people.
THE818NOW
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | July 12, 2013
When Burbank newlyweds Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo stumbled into San Francisco City Hall on June 30 just moments after marching in the city's gay pride parade they were overwhelmed by what they saw. Dozens of same-sex couples - some in their 70s, others joined by their parents, many with flower girls and boys in bowties by their sides - were lined up, waiting to get married. "I said, 'Jeff, stop, take a look around, everybody's getting married in this room right now,'" Katami recalled this week.
NEWS
July 5, 2013
I am saddened by The Leader's editorial (“ Cheering equal rights, aware there's more to do ,” June 29). For it was not Proposition 8 which was defeated, but part of the Constitution, which said people are governed by a voting system. The decision was a dishonest gain for same-sex marriage, granted by the Supreme Court, disregarding millions of votes and discouraging the future of voting. I don't see any more reason for people to vote after being subjected to a judicial tyranny putting their hope in the hands of a few. Indeed there is not much to celebrate, but there is reason to feel humiliated.
THE818NOW
June 26, 2013
Although the Supreme Court cleared the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California, the procedural decision also leaves open the likelihood of further litigation over Proposition 8 . “This is far from over, I can tell you,” said Chapman University law professor John Eastman, who supports the same-sex marriage ban. The high court ruled ProtectMarriage, the sponsors of Proposition 8, lacked standing or the legal right to...
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