Composting, farming, and exercising the legal right to get married all improve urban life, according to guests from Harlem to Park Slope who gathered at last night’s benefit for the Citizens Committee for New York City.
Virginia’s ban on gay marriage was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge who said it violated the equal-protection rights of the state’s residents including couples married legally in other states.
Attorneys David Boies and Theodore Olson, adversaries in the 2000 U.S. Supreme Court battle over the presidential election vote count and allies in the fight to legalize gay marriage in California, agreed again about same-sex unions.
BP Plc, with billions of dollars at stake, seeks to lower payments from its partial Gulf of Mexico oil spill settlement by persuading a federal appeals court to order stricter standards for evaluating claims.
The U.S. Supreme Court raised the prospect that it will decline to say whether the Constitution gives gays the right to marry, in an argument that revealed a chasm among the justices on one of the country’s most divisive issues.
President Barack Obama’s inaugural address has raised hopes among civil rights advocates that his administration will urge the U.S. Supreme Court to allow gay marriage, at least in California and perhaps nationwide.