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Fast facts: Same-sex marriageupdated: Thu May 31 2012 15:24:00

Same-sex marriage is legal in the District of Columbia and six states: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, Iowa, New Hampshire and New York. Civil unions are legal in New Jersey, Illinois, Delaware, Rhode Island and Hawaii.

State government can ax redevelopment agenciesupdated: Thu Dec 29 2011 16:22:00

The California Supreme Court handed Gov. Jerry Brown a victory Thursday by ruling the state legislature had the authority to eliminate more than 400 redevelopment agencies funded with property tax dollars.

Trust me, an infamous serial liar saysupdated: Mon Dec 19 2011 11:24:00

Stephen Glass, the whiz-kid magazine writer exposed 13 years ago as a serial fabricator, is telling what may be his most compelling story yet -- his own. He swears he's not making it up, and he's asking California's highest court to believe him and give him a chance.

California fight over gay marriage gets back on track after state high court rulingupdated: Thu Nov 17 2011 14:12:00

A complex legal fight over the constitutionality of same-sex marriage is back on track after California's highest court on Thursday allowed an appeal over a controversial ballot initiative to move ahead in federal court.

California high court hears key legal dispute over same-sex marriageupdated: Tue Sep 06 2011 19:08:00

California's highest court on Tuesday appeared to support the right of official opponents of gay marriage to defend Proposition 8, the 2008 initiative defining marriage as only between one man and one woman.

Supreme Court: State can offer illegal immigrants reduced tuitionupdated: Mon Jun 06 2011 13:23:00

The Supreme Court has upheld a California law giving illegal immigrants living there reduced in-state tuition rates at public universities, the same rates legal state residents enjoy.

Warrantless cell phone searches spread to more statesupdated: Tue May 31 2011 07:09:00

Think about all the data -- photos, videos, text messages, calendar items, apps, call log, voice mail, and e-mail -- on your cell phone right now. If you're arrested, could the police search your cell phone? And would they need a warrant?

California Supreme Court to decide issue in same-sex marriage ban caseupdated: Thu Feb 17 2011 08:24:00

The California Supreme Court unanimously agreed Wednesday to take up the issue of whether state or county officials have the authority to defend Proposition 8, the 2008 initiative defining marriage as only between one man and one woman, court spokeswoman Lynn Holton said.

Ruling lets California police search your phone without a warrantupdated: Wed Jan 05 2011 15:02:00

If you get arrested in California, better hope there are no incriminating texts or e-mails or sensitive data stored on your phone.

Federal appeals court hears Proposition 8 caseupdated: Mon Dec 06 2010 14:54:00

Attorneys on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate faced off Monday in a federal appeals court in California, as a panel of judges heard arguments about the constitutionality of Proposition 8.

California court rules illegal immigrants can pay in-state tuitionupdated: Mon Nov 15 2010 18:33:00

Illegal immigrants can qualify to pay cheaper in-state tuition rates at California public universities, the state's Supreme Court ruled Monday.

California Supreme Court upholds furlough order for state workersupdated: Mon Oct 04 2010 15:28:00

California's Supreme Court on Monday upheld Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's furlough order for state workers, according to court documents.

California calls off murderer's executionupdated: Wed Sep 29 2010 22:44:00

The execution of a convicted rapist-murderer in California has been called off after rulings in state and federal courts, officials said Wednesday.

Panhandling banned at Los Angeles airportupdated: Thu Jul 08 2010 13:36:00

Dealing with panhandlers won't be part of the travel experience anymore for fliers passing through California's Los Angeles International Airport.

John Waters' plea to free Manson followerupdated: Wed Jul 07 2010 12:04:00

John Waters tells HLN's Joy Behar why he thinks Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten should be released from prison.

Manson family member Van Houten denied parole againupdated: Wed Jul 07 2010 12:04:00

California's parole board Tuesday refused to release onetime Manson family acolyte Leslie Van Houten, finding the 60-year-old remains dangerous more than four decades after the group's Southern California murder spree.

Schwarzenegger orders minimum wage for California state workersupdated: Fri Jul 02 2010 08:38:00

As many as 200,000 state workers in California could see their pay scale slashed to minimum wage, if orders from the governor's office are followed.

California bill would free more than 27,000 inmatesupdated: Fri Aug 21 2009 15:23:00

A controversial bill that California legislators say would allow the early release of more than 27,000 inmates from crowded prisons will be taken up by the state Assembly on Monday.

People.com: Court Refuses to Delay Chris Brown Hearingupdated: Thu Jun 18 2009 12:48:00

He must appear June 22 to see if his assault case involving Rihanna will go to trial

Nevada legalizing domestic partnershipsupdated: Mon Jun 01 2009 01:31:00

Nevada is legalizing domestic partnerships, with the state Assembly voting Sunday evening to override a veto by the governor, officials said.

What's next for the same-sex marriage debate?updated: Tue May 26 2009 22:50:00

While California's Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a ban on same-sex marriages that voters voters passed in November, the fight will undoubtedly go forward.

Same-sex marriage rallyupdated: Thu Mar 05 2009 14:33:00

Advocates of same-sex marriage rally in San Diego the day before the California Supreme Court takes up the issue.

California court hears arguments on same-sex marriage banupdated: Thu Mar 05 2009 14:33:00

The California Supreme Court began hearing arguments Thursday in a case that could determine the fate of same-sex marriage in the state, as well as the validity of about 18,000 same-sex marriages.

Court will hear appeal of same-sex marriage measureupdated: Thu Nov 20 2008 10:40:00

California's Supreme Court said Wednesday that it will hear the appeal of a challenge to Proposition 8, a voter-approved measure outlawing same-sex marriage.

Legal analyst: Same-sex marriage again in limboupdated: Thu Nov 06 2008 18:06:00

California voters on Tuesday appear to have approved Proposition 8, a measure banning same-sex marriage in the state.

People.com: Voters Scrap Same-Sex Marriage in Californiaupdated: Wed Nov 05 2008 17:01:00

Despite opposition from Ellen DeGeneres and more, Proposition 8 passes by a slim margin

People.com: Ellen DeGeneres Says Marriage Has 'Softened' Herupdated: Mon Sep 29 2008 11:10:00

And a month after wedding, she still has to remember to say "wife" instead of "girlfriend"

People.com: Star Trek's George Takei Prepares to Wed Sundayupdated: Sun Sep 14 2008 14:18:00

"It's high time we made it legitimate," he says of his relationship with partner Brad Altman

Time.com: Poll: Hesitance on Gay-Marriage Voteupdated: Thu Aug 28 2008 09:00:00

A majority of California voters oppose a ballot initiative to ban gay marriage, though they are evenly split on the practice itself, according to a poll released Wednesday

Californians cleared to vote on same-sex marriage banupdated: Wed Jul 16 2008 19:19:00

The California Supreme Court has cleared the way for Californians to vote in November on whether to ban same-sex marriages in the state.

People.com: George Michael Praises Gay Marriage Ruling updated: Fri Jun 20 2008 13:28:00

The singer says California's recent court decision was "way overdue"

Same-sex marriages create 'shame,' new life, iReporters sayupdated: Tue Jun 17 2008 18:20:00

Same-sex marriages will put "a shame" upon the United States, one person wrote Tuesday; but for another, the legalization of the unions in California made it seem as though "life is opening up."

Longtime lesbian couple wedsupdated: Tue Jun 17 2008 18:20:00

A lesbian couple together since the 1950s finally wed at San Francisco's City Hall.

Time.com: George Takei of Star Trek Gets Marriage Licenseupdated: Tue Jun 17 2008 16:00:00

Star Trek star George Takei is ready to "live long and prosper" with his partner of 21 years

California ban on same-sex marriage struck downupdated: Tue Jun 17 2008 13:12:00

The California Supreme Court struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage Thursday, saying sexual orientation, like race or gender, "does not constitute a legitimate basis upon which to deny or withhold legal rights."

Landmark same-sex rulingupdated: Tue Jun 17 2008 13:12:00

CNN's Kelli Arena looks at the ramifications of the California ruling to strike down the state ban on same-sex marriage.

Wedding bells chime for California same-sex couplesupdated: Tue Jun 17 2008 13:06:00

California officials began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Monday evening after a state Supreme Court ruling legalizing the ceremonies took effect.

Lesbian pioneers wed at San Francisco City Hallupdated: Tue Jun 17 2008 13:00:00

Breaking ground is nothing new in the nearly six-decade relationship of Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon.

Time.com: Gay Marriage Makes Calif. Ballotupdated: Tue Jun 03 2008 09:30:00

An initiative that would again outlaw gay marriage in California has qualified for the November ballot, the Secretary of State announced Monday

California same-sex marriage licenses possible in Juneupdated: Wed May 28 2008 17:11:00

Same-sex couples in California may be able to obtain marriage licenses on June 17, state officials said Wednesday.

Time.com: Roadblocks Ahead for Gay Marriageupdated: Sat May 24 2008 16:40:00

A potential proposition may make same-sex unions short-lived in California. But the power of the ruling will give the issue longevity for years to come

Time.com: Gay Marriage Opponents Want Delay in Calif.updated: Thu May 22 2008 20:00:00

(SAN FRANCISCO) -- A conservative legal group is asking the California Supreme Court to stay its decision legalizing same-sex marriage until voters get a chance to weigh in.

People.com: George Takei Plans To Wed His Partnerupdated: Mon May 19 2008 16:30:00

The Star Trek star says he's "overjoyed" by California's ruling on gay marriage

People.com: Ellen & Portia to Tie the Knot!updated: Sat May 17 2008 18:18:00

DeGeneres announced the news Thursday during a taping of her talk show

Court on same-sex marriageupdated: Fri May 16 2008 09:38:00

CNN's Ted Rowlands reports on the California Supreme Court's decision to strike down a state ban on same-sex marriage.

Time.com: Calif. Overturns Gay Marriage Banupdated: Thu May 15 2008 10:00:00

The California Supreme Court has overturned a ban on gay marriage, paving the way for California to become the second state where gay and lesbian residents can marry

Time.com: The Episcopal Property Warupdated: Fri Apr 04 2008 18:45:00

Who gets the church? Who gets the people? Who gets George Washington? A bitter battle leads to one legal decision -- and a promise of more court appearances

Time.com: California Resists Home School Rulingupdated: Wed Mar 12 2008 16:00:00

In the wake of a surprise court decision, the state says that its home schoolers are "legal" pending appeal

Court: Medically legal or not, smoke pot and face firing updated: Thu Jan 24 2008 19:37:00

Workers who are legally prescribed marijuana to treat illness can still be fired from their jobs, following a ruling Thursday from the California Supreme Court.

SI.com: Michael McCann: Questioning legality of pat downsupdated: Wed Oct 24 2007 15:47:00

Do pat downs at NFL games violate the law?

California ban on same-sex marriage upheldupdated: Thu Oct 05 2006 20:43:00

A California appeals court ruled Thursday that state laws limiting marriage to heterosexual couples are constitutional and do not deprive gay or lesbian couples of a "vested fundamental right."

State's high court won't spare Williamsupdated: Wed Nov 30 2005 20:27:00

California's Supreme Court Wednesday refused to stop the execution of convicted killer Stanley "Tookie" Williams, the founder of the Crips street gang who became an anti-gang crusader while on Death Row, a court spokeswoman said.

Can consensual workplace sex create a hostile environment?updated: Fri Jul 29 2005 13:36:00

When a married supervisor conducts longstanding, concurrent affairs with three female subordinates at work and grants them professional favors over more deserving candidates, does it constitute unlawful sexual harassment?

Senate confirms Brown updated: Wed Jun 08 2005 17:59:00

The Senate confirmed Janice Rogers Brown to a federal appellate court seat Wednesday -- clearing what was a long-stalled nomination. The vote was 56-43.

Appeals, pace may delay Peterson's deathupdated: Tue Dec 14 2004 12:29:00

Action on a jury's recommendation to kill Scott Peterson by lethal injection for murdering his pregnant wife, Laci, could be decades away in the state that has more than 600 people on death row.

Calif. high court won't consider Peterson appealsupdated: Mon Nov 29 2004 15:47:00

The California Supreme Court on Monday declined to consider an appeal by convicted murderer Scott Peterson seeking a new jury and venue change for the penalty phase of his trial.

Peterson turns to state Supreme Courtupdated: Wed Nov 24 2004 21:17:00

Attorneys for convicted murderer Scott Peterson Wednesday asked the California Supreme Court to change the location of the penalty phase of Peterson's trial and let a new jury decide whether he deserves to die.

CNNMoney: When eBay deal gets ugly, who pays?updated: Tue Oct 26 2004 09:33:00

Roger Grace bought some vintage magazines sight unseen, wasn't happy with the product that arrived on his doorstep, and complained loudly and publicly.

California high court voids same-sex marriagesupdated: Thu Aug 12 2004 16:15:00

Thousands of marriages sanctioned in San Francisco earlier this year were voided Thursday when the California Supreme Court ruled that city's mayor overstepped his authority by issuing licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

Calif. Supreme Court weighs SF mayor's marriage authorityupdated: Wed May 26 2004 10:25:00

Neither San Francisco's mayor nor its county clerk had discretion to act as "arms of the state" when they granted 4,000 marriage licenses to same-sex couples in February, an attorney for the state told the California Supreme Court Tuesday.

Schwarzenegger: Freed inmate shouldn't return to prisonupdated: Sat Mar 27 2004 06:52:00

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he backs an effort to excuse a woman from returning to prison, after she's been out of jail for more than two years, to serve more time after a court ruled she had been released too early.

California gay weddings to go onupdated: Sat Feb 28 2004 03:59:00

California's Supreme Court has rejected a request from the state's attorney general to stop gay weddings and declare invalid over 3,400 same-sex marriages.

Fortune: How to win in the hospital, the Martinez family on the march, radicals on the dole, and other matters. THE PRICE OF STUDENT ACTIupdated: Mon May 17 1993 00:01:00

Some years back, when our son was a student at Oberlin College in Ohio, he had a curious annual ritual. At a certain time of day, on a certain day in the year, he would march up to a desk in the st...

Fortune: INSURANCE ENSURED IN CALIFORNIAupdated: Mon Jun 05 1989 00:01:00

Despite consumer jubilation, there may not be many teeth in the decision by California's Supreme Court to uphold a referendum that cuts property and casualty insurance rates by 20% -- and from thei...

Fortune: HOW TO CONTROL LIABILITY COSTS The courts created an outrageously expensive accident-insurance program that doesn't work. It's tupdated: Mon Apr 24 1989 00:01:00

The liability problems are no longer the news they were several years ago when insurance premiums exploded and coverage often vanished. But the effects are still with us. The playground equipment a...

Fortune: The Politics of Dogs, A Comma That Counted, Losing a Double-Header, and Other Matters. Nuance of the Month Clubupdated: Mon Oct 12 1987 00:01:00

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