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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>The Case Against 8</i>: HBO's Prop. 8 Doc Mesmerizes

The Case Against 8: HBO's Prop. 8 Doc Mesmerizes

June 23 will see the premiere of The Case Against 8, HBO's riveting documentary about the lawsuit which resulted in the tossing of Proposition 8, California's voter-approved ban on same sex marriage. The suit brought marriage equality back to the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Brides and Prejudice

Brides and Prejudice

As we come to the end of 2013, we can say with confidence (and a touch of sass) that gay marriage is here to stay. DOMA and Prop. 8 are ding-dong dead, and Hawaii and New Jersey have recently…
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Calendar, Night&Day How the Other Half Performs

How the Other Half Performs

"The main thing about San Francisco drag is that nobody gets up and does a straight lip sync. That just doesn't fly." This statement issued from the mouth of Dr. Fudgie Frottage, the last name in the SF drag…
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News, Speak Now: Two Extremes on the Gay Marriage Spectrum

Speak Now: Two Extremes on the Gay Marriage Spectrum

Last week's U.S. Supreme Court decisions on Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) were hailed as landmark moments for LGBT Americans. For many, these decisions are a cathartic conclusion to a decades-long struggle for equality. For others,…
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News, Sucka Free City

The Big Day: Wedding Planners Get Ready for the Supreme Court's Decision

In a city awash in all things gay, perhaps nobody is waiting for the Supreme Court's June ruling on Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage, more than wedding planners. In fact, many San Francisco businesses are pretty well-versed on…
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News, The Snitch Gay and Lesbian Couples Must Wait Longer for Prop. 8 Decision on Gay Marriage

Gay and Lesbian Couples Must Wait Longer for Prop. 8 Decision on Gay Marriage

Gay and Lesbian couples in San Francisco and across the state have put their lives on hold -- again -- as they await the Supreme Court's final decision on Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage. The court announced today…
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Film, "Question One": Maine's Gay-Marriage Battle

"Question One": Maine's Gay-Marriage Battle

In both California's Proposition 8 and Maine's Question 1, no meant yes and yes meant no: Voting "Yes" meant you were against gay marriage, and "No" meant you supported it. This cognitive dissonance permeates Joe Fox and James Nubile's documentary…
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News, Feature A More Perfect Union: Prop. 8 May Lead to Gay-Marriage Rights

A More Perfect Union: Prop. 8 May Lead to Gay-Marriage Rights

Illustration by Andrew J. Nilsen It was by computer-assigned chance that Hank Donat and Jeffrey Halpern became the first gay grooms of San Francisco. When the news broke in May 2008 that same-sex marriage was legal in California, Donat…
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News, The Snitch Berkeley School Board Learns That Superintendent Candidate Backed Prop. 8

Berkeley School Board Learns That Superintendent Candidate Backed Prop. 8

It seems like Berkeley school officials didn't do their homework. The Berkeley Unified School District seemed ready to hire Edmond Heatley as the district's new superintendent of schools. And why wouldn't they? He has a rather impressive résumé  including a stint…
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Calendar, Night&Day Proposal or Proposition

Proposal or Proposition

Proposition 8 not only restricted the definition of marriage in California, for queer people of color, it pitted beloved communities against each other and turned cultural norms and identity into political weapons. The solemnity and celebration of marriage vows have…
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News, The Snitch The Pro-Gay Marriage Ruling Conservatives <i>Should</i> Love

The Pro-Gay Marriage Ruling Conservatives Should Love

Men with Confederate flag decals reading "Never Forget" on their gun-rack-equipped pickups and a fondness for "states' rights" don't seem like the likely demographic to support same-sex marriage. Following today's unanimous ruling by the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Killing My Lobster Goes Nuclear on the Family

Killing My Lobster Goes Nuclear on the Family

Chops Down the Family Tree.San Francisco sketch comedy group Killing My Lobster turns 15 this year, and to celebrate, it launches a frontal assault on the idea of family. Killing My Lobster Chops Down the Family Tree opens tonight…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist

Judge Who Overturned Proposition 8 Tells His Story at Porchlight

Vaughn Walker did what federal judges occasionally do: He was appointed by a Republican president (George H.W. Bush), but he'll forever be known for at least one ruling that clearly favors a liberal mindset (declaring unconstitutional Proposition 8, which…
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News, The Snitch Hawaii Governor Refuses to Defend Gay Marriage Ban in Court

Hawaii Governor Refuses to Defend Gay Marriage Ban in Court

As the battle over the constitutionality of California's ban on gay marriage wends its way through the federal courts, the challenge to a similar law in Hawaii has taken a surprising turn.Neil Abercrombie, Hawaii's Democratic governor, said this week he…
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News, The Snitch Prop. 8 Might Not Go Before the Supreme Court

Prop. 8 Might Not Go Before the Supreme Court

Earlier this month, the debate over same-sex marriage in California continued what some have speculated is an inexorable march to the U.S. Supreme Court, when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a decision striking down Proposition…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Six Serious Questions We Want to Ask Opponents of Same-Sex Marriage

Six Serious Questions We Want to Ask Opponents of Same-Sex Marriage

Hi, Opponents of Same-Sex Marriage! I suppose you're wondering why we've invited you here today, the day Washington state joined the world of the future by approving the kinds of weddings you don't care for. It's not to denounce you,…
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Music, Bouncer Bouncer Spies the Clipboard Peeps at House of Shields

Bouncer Spies the Clipboard Peeps at House of Shields

I found it ironic that I was walking to the House of Shields one afternoon when I found myself bombarded with people in bright pink T-shirts from Planned Parenthood. I, like most Tea Party Patriots, associate the organization with birth…
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News, The Snitch It Doesn't Matter That Judge Vaughn Walker Is Gay

It Doesn't Matter That Judge Vaughn Walker Is Gay

At least that's what a federal judge decided today. Chief U.S. District Judge James Ware ruled on Tuesday that there is no proof that Judge Vaughn Walker, who last year struck down the state's ban on gay marriage, would benefit…
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News, The Snitch Supreme Court: S.F. Politicians Free to Denounce Catholic Church

Supreme Court: S.F. Politicians Free to Denounce Catholic Church

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear a lawsuit brought by the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights against the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, essentially settling the question of whether the supervisors were out of line when…
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News, The Snitch Judge Vaughn Walker Admits He Is Gay

Judge Vaughn Walker Admits He Is Gay

As if he hadn't riled up opponents of same-sex marriage enough, Judge Vaughn Walker on Wednesday publicly announced that he is indeed gay. Already an icon in the gay community, the retired judge, who ruled in favor of same-sex marriage,…
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