May 11, 2009 About 18,000 same-sex couples tied the knot during the months gay marriage was legal in the state last year. Now, they are waiting to find out whether the state Supreme Court will let a voter-passed ban on gay marriage stand or overturn it — and whether their marriages will be declared invalid.
November 10, 2008 Commentator Marc Acito is pleased that President-elect Obama included gay people in his victory speech, but Acito worries about the future. Voters in California, Florida and Arizona banned gay marriage on Election Day.
November 7, 2008 While voters were casting ballots for the first black president, California chose to pass a state constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. For the latest news, Farai Chideya talks with Jasmyne Cannick — a gay rights activist in Los Angeles — and Lou Engel, founder of "The Call."
November 5, 2008 Same-sex marriage and abortion were among the hot-button issues addressed on some state ballots Tuesday. Voters in 36 states weighed 153 measures, ranging from affirmative action to assisted suicide. Most initiatives were decided by Wednesday.
November 4, 2008 Barack Obama's path to the White House was marked by a broad appeal among people of every age, race, income and religion — and a galvanizing fear about their economic future. In overwhelming numbers, Americans say the nation is headed in the wrong direction.
November 3, 2008 California's Proposition 8 would overturn gay couples' recently granted right to marry. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints asked congregations to work to pass the measure. Some Mormons are troubled by the church's prominent role in a political fight.
November 3, 2008 The social issues that dominated much of the 2004 presidential campaign have been pushed off the national stage by the plummeting economy. But those issues have not gone away — they've just moved over to hotly contested ballot initiatives in several states.
October 31, 2008 Jewish voters are being heavily courted by both presidential candidates. They mostly voted for Democrats until 2004, when Bush made inroads. Now, some say they're reluctant to support Obama given his stance on Palestinians and rumors about his faith.
October 31, 2008 With workers losing jobs or scrambling to retain them, pressures intensify at home, too. What do the presidential nominees propose to ease Americans' work-family tensions? Sizable differences separate the two on issues such as family leave, sick time and child care.