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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Matthew Riva

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Hollingsworth v. Perry (Prop 8)

California Proposition 8 is an amendment to the California state constitution that prohibited the state from recognizing same-sex marriages. The proposition, only four lines total when originally submitted to the state in 2007, consisted of a title and one line of text copied from a defeated proposition from 2000: “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.”

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United States v. Windsor (DOMA)

Edith Windsor is a widower who had to pay $363,000 in federal estate taxes after her wife died because the law prohibited gay couples from the same federal benefits and exemptions as straight ones. That law, the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, was enacted in September 1996 by then-President Bill Clinton. Among other parts, Section 3 put into writing and enforced federal — not state — non-recognition of same-sex marriages for federal benefit purposes but had no direct effect on individual states’ laws. President Barack Obama announced in February 2011, after Windsor was filed, he had directed the Department of Justice to stop enforcing Section 3 of DOMA.

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Raina Reid, 32, paints a mural on the side of FreeRide Surf & Skate Shop on Northwest 13th Street on Wednesday afternoon. Reid, one of the managers, said she and her fiancée have spent more than 100 hours painting so far. “We’ve been running on people’s compliments. People shout at us all night,” she said.


Students Party

With other Students Party members looking on, President Daniella Saetta frowns at the results of Wednesday’s Student Government election. Students Party won two Senate seats: District E and Murphree Area.

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