Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

Court seeks additional info in marriage cases

The California Supreme Court is raising several legal questions regarding the state’s marriage laws as it prepares to hear oral arguments later this year in the same-sex marriage cases now before justices.

The state’s highest court on Wednesday, June 21 asked four questions it wants lawyers involved in the court case to address. The justices said they want to know what are the “current differences” in legal rights between those couples who are married and those who are registered domestic partners, and if the terms “marriage” or “marry” themselves have constitutional significance under the California Constitution.


— Matthew S. Bajko, June 20, 2007 @ 2:43 pm PST
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DA files criminal charges against supe

San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris Tuesday filed criminal charges against Disrtrict 4 Supervisor Ed Jew, alleging that the rookie lawmaker lied under oath and falsified documents regarding his residency in order to obtain a seat on the Board of Supervisors.

According to a statement from the DA’s office, Jew has been charged with four felony counts of perjury, one count of filing a false document, and four counts of violating the Elections Code. A warrant has been issued for Jew’s arrest, and his attorney Steve Gruel has been contacted. Jew has been given the opportunity to self-surrender. Bail is set at $135,000.

[Jew turned himself in to the Burlingame police Tuesday night, posted bail, and was released.]

The charges against Jew stem from an FBI raid last month on the supervisor’s City Hall office, a home at 28th Avenue in the Sunset District, another home in Burlingame, and a flower shop Jew owns in Chinatown. Neighbors of the Sunset District home have told media outlets that it had been vacant for several years.

The FBI investigation centers around $40,000 in cash Jew acknowledged receiving from the owners of tapioca drink shops. The San Francisco Chronicle reported this week that sources said the money Jew received was marked and provided by the FBI as part of its investigation.

Calls to Gruel and Jew seeking comment were not immediately returned.

— Cynthia Laird, June 12, 2007 @ 5:17 pm PST
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CA Assembly advances marriage bill

The state Assembly on Tuesday, June 5 approved for the second time legislation that would extend marriage to same-sex couples. The bill, AB 43, passed on a 42-34 vote.

It now goes to the Senate, were it is expected to easily win approval. Yet the bill will likely not become law, as Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has already pledged to veto it. Schwarzenegger vetoed a similar bill in 2005.

The bill passed on a party-line vote, with 42 Assembly Democrats voting in favor, up by one vote from 2005 when the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act, introduced by Assemblyman Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), first passed out of the Assembly.

This year, two Democrats joined 34 Republicans in opposing the bill, down from four Democrats two years ago.

“The momentum to afford all citizens their fundamental right to marry the person they love grows stronger with today’s pioneering vote,” said Leno. “For the second time in our nation’s history, elected officials of the most populous state in America have embraced the basic human right of all people to marry and raise families as first class citizens under the law.”

The bill is nearly identical to AB 849 of 2005, which was the first proactive marriage equality legislation in the history of the United States to pass both houses of a state legislature. AB 43 would amend Section 300 of the Family Code to define marriage as a civil contract between two persons instead of a civil contract between a man and a woman. The measure, according to Leno, respects one’s religious choice by reaffirming that no religious institution would ever be required to solemnize marriages contrary to its fundamental beliefs.

“The California Assembly has once again affirmed that every Californian deserves the opportunity to marry the person he or she loves,” said Equality California Executive Director Geoff Kors, whose group is a lead sponsor of the bill. “Today’s vote shows that support for ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage is growing. The people of California, through their elected representatives, are speaking on this issue and they are coming down on the side of fairness.”

— Matthew S. Bajko, June 6, 2007 @ 9:44 am PST
Filed under: News,Politics

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