Calif. gays make bid to resume marriages there
SAN FRANCISCO — California’s attorney general on Tuesday joined lawyers for two same-sex couples and the city of San Francisco in asking a federal appeals court to allow same-sex marriages to resume while the court considers the constitutionality of the state’s voter-approved ban, the Associated Press and other media outlets reported this week.
The latest offensive against Proposition 8 came when state Attorney General Kamala Harris told the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a letter that sponsors of Proposition 8 were unlikely to prevail in their appeal of a trial judge’s ruling last year that struck down the measure, the AP said. Keeping Proposition 8 in effect therefore is a fruitless violation of gay Californians’ civil rights, Harris said. The California Supreme Court recently said it would take at least until the end of the year to consider a legal question asked by the federal court as it tries to resolve the appeal. Same-sex marriages have remained on hold until the 9th Circuit decides the appeal.
White House names gay man as social secretary
WASHINGTON — The White House this week announced Jeremy Bernard has been named special assistant to the president and social secretary. He joins the White House staff from the U.S. Embassy in Paris, where he serves as senior adviser to the ambassador. Prior to this role, he worked as the White House liaison to the National Endowment for the Humanities.
A native of San Antonio, Bernard was a California finance consultant for the Obama for American campaign. Appointed by President Clinton, Bernard served on the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts for the Kennedy Center and was a member of the Democratic National Committee from 2001 to 2009.
Students rally to support gay former instructor
PHILADELPHIA — A group of Chestnut Hill College students in Pennsylvania is rallying support for Rev. James St. George, an adjunct professor dismissed after speaking openly about a gay relationship.
Jessica Murray, 23, a student in the college’s continuing-education school, set up a Facebook page this week on behalf of the instructor, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. St. George, 45, pastor of St. Miriam Catholic Apostolic Church in Blue Bell, Pa., learned Feb. 24 he would no longer be teaching at the Catholic college in Northwest Philadelphia.
St. George called the move an act of anti-gay bias. In a statement Saturday, college president Sister Carol Jean Vale defended the action, saying St. George had posed as a Roman Catholic priest while being part of a “house of worship” that allows priests to engage in “same-sex partnerships” that defy church teaching.
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