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  •   Opinion (PDF) (Strauss v. Horton) California Supreme Court upholds Proposition 8 same-sex marriage ban. (May 26, 2009)
  • Opinion (PDF) (Lewis v. Harris) New Jersey’s Supreme Court rules same-sex couples equal rights and tells state lawmakers that they must decide how to make that happen, either through marriage or via another legal route. (Oct. 25, 2006)
  • Opinion (PDF) (In Re: Marriage Cases) California appellate court upholds the state’s same-sex marriage ban (Oct. 5, 2006)
  • Opinion (PDF) (Lockyer v. San Francisco) California Supreme Court voids all same sex marriages performed in SF (Aug. 12, 2004)
  • Order to Show Cause (Lockyer v. San Francisco) California Supreme Court Halts Issuance of Same-Sex Marriage Licenses in San Francisco (March 11, 2004)
  • Order to Show Cause (Lewis v. Alfaro) California Supreme Court Halts Issuance of Same-Sex Marriage Licenses in San Francisco (March 11, 2004)
  • Complaint (PDF) (San Francisco v. California, Prop. 22 Legal Defense & Educ. Fund) (Feb. 19, 2004)
  • Complaint (PDF) (Thomasson v. Newsom) Lawsuit challenges SF Same-Sex Marriages, Seeks Injunction (Feb. 13, 2004)
  • SF Mayor's Letter to County Clerk Re: Issuing Marriage Licenses S.F. Mayor instructs County Clerk to issue licenses without regard to gender or sexual orientation (Feb. 10, 2004)
  • Calif. Family Code Section 308.5 (HTML) The "California Defense of Marriage Act"
  • Calif. Proposition 22 (HTML) [PDF version] Ballot initiative to enact "California Defense of Marriage Act," passed by California voters in March 7, 2000 Primary Election
  • Analysis, Ballot Arguments Regarding Calif. Proposition 22 (HTML) [PDF version] (Provides background and context for "California Defense of Marriage Act" passed by California voters in March 7, 2000 Primary Election)
  • Mass. Supreme Jud. Ct. Advisory Opinion Re: Gay & Lesbian marriage Massachusetts senate bill outlawing gay and lesbian marriage, but permitting same-sex "civil unions," is unconstitutional (Feb. 3, 2004)
  • Mass. Supreme Jud. Ct. Opinion (PDF) (Goodridge v. Dept. of Public Health) Court rules that law barring same-sex marriages violates the state constitution (Nov. 18, 2003)
  • U.S. Supreme Court Opinion (Lawrence v. Texas) Justices strike down all state sodomy laws as unconstitutional (2003)
  • U.S. Supreme Court Opinion (Bowers v. Hardwick) Supreme Court upholds Georgia’s sodomy Laws (1986)
 
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