A judge’s decision throwing out Virginia’s ban on gay marriage as a violation of the U.S. Constitution extends to seven the win streak for proponents of same-sex unions racing to get back to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Internal Revenue Service’s actions are a political Rorschach test, with Republicans seeing an effort to intimidate their allies and Democrats citing a mismanaged agency’s interpretation of flawed laws.
The patchwork quilt of U.S. state laws on same-sex marriage, which Washington is now poised to legalize, leaves gay and lesbian Americans with different rights depending on geography. To opponents, that’s just the way things work in a union of self-governing states.
Nine months into her job as California attorney general, Kamala Harris found herself across the table from lawyers for five of the nation’s biggest lenders, trying to hammer out a deal to help mortgage holders weather the foreclosure crisis.
Oregon’s same sex-marriage ban, which wasn’t defended by state officials, was struck down by an openly gay federal judge who said “we would expect our Constitution to protect” the couples who challenged the law.
Scott Noggle had just finished posing for photographs on the second floor of Robert and Margo Alexander’s home in East Hampton, with a view of the Napeague Bay. Now the scientist was poolside, describing his research in Manhattan and turning down offers of crab cakes, shrimp, and roast beef on toast.