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Proposition 8 Case Faces Unclear Path Ahead

February 8, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO — Conservative critics like to point out that the federal appeals court that just declared California’s same-sex marriage ban to be unconstitutional has its decisions overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court more often than other judicial circuits, a record that could prove predictive if the high court agrees to review the gay marriage case on appeal. Yet legal experts seemed to think the panel of the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit of Appeals struck down the voter-approved ban on Tuesday purposefully served up its 2-1 opinion in a narrow way and seasoned it with established holdings so the Supreme Court would be less tempted to bite. The appeals court not only limited the scope of its decision to California, even though the 9th Circuit also has jurisdiction in eight other western states, but relied on the Supreme Court’s own 1996 decision overturning a Colorado measure that outlawed discrimination protections for gay people to argue that the voter-approved Proposition 8 violated the civil rights of gay and lesbian Californians. That approach makes it much less likely the high court would find it necessary to step in, as it might have if the 9th Circuit panel had concluded that any state laws or amendments limiting marriage to a man and a woman run afoul of the U.S. Constitution’s promise of equal treatment, several analysts said. “There is no reason to believe four justices on the Supreme Court, which is what it takes to grant (an appeal) petition, are champing at the bit to take this issue on,” University of Michigan law school professor Steve Sanders said. “The liberals on the court are going to recognize this was a sensible, sound decision that doesn’t get ahead of the national debate … and I don’t think the decision would be so objectionable to the court’s conservatives that they would see a reason to reach out and smack the 9th Circuit.” Lawyers for the coalition of religious conservative groups that qualified Proposition 8 for the November 2008 ballot and campaigned for its passage said they have not decided whether to ask a bigger 9th Circuit to rehear the case or to take an appeal directly to the Supreme Court. However, they said they were optimistic that if the high court accepts an appeal, Tuesday’s ruling would be reversed. “The 9th Circuit’s decision is completely out of step with every other federal appellate and Supreme Court decision in American history on the subject of marriage, but it really doesn’t come as a surprise, given the history of the 9th Circuit, which is often overturned,” Andy Pugno, the coalition’s general counsel, said in a fundraising letter to Proposition 8′s supporters. “Ever since the beginning of this case, we’ve known that the battle to preserve traditional marriage will ultimately be won or lost not here, but rather in the U.S. Supreme Court.” Regardless of their next steps, gay and lesbian couples were unlikely to be able to get married in California anytime soon. The 9th Circuit panel’s ruling will not take effect until after the deadline passes in two weeks for Proposition 8′s backers to appeal to a larger panel, and the earliest the Supreme Court could consider whether to take the case would be in the fall. Judge Stephen Reinhardt, who was named to the 9th Circuit by President Jimmy Carter and has a reputation as the court’s liberal lion, wrote Tuesday’s 80-page majority ruling with concurrence from Judge Michael Daly Hawkins, an early appointee of President Bill Clinton. Judge Randy Smith, who was the last 9th Circuit judge nominated by President George W. Bush, dissented. In tailoring the decision to apply only to California, Reinhardt cited two factors that distinguish Proposition 8 from the one-man, one-woman marriage laws and constitutional amendments in the other 9th Circuit states and that he said demonstrate that it “serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and humanity of gays and lesbians.” The first is that California since 2005 has granted same-sex couples all the rights and benefits of marriage if they register as domestic partners. The second is that five months before Proposition 8 was enacted as a state constitutional amendment, the California Supreme Court’s Court had legalized same-sex marriage by striking down a pair of laws that had limited marriage to a man and a woman. California is the only state, therefore, where gays have won the right to marry and had it stripped away. The amendment’s “singular” work of denying gay Californians the designation of marriage while leaving in place domestic partnerships proves that Proposition 8′s deprive same-sex relationships of society’s dignity and respect, Reinhardt wrote. “A rose by any other name may smell as sweet, but to the couple desiring to enter into a committed lifelong relationship, a marriage by the name of `registered domestic partnership’ does not,” he said. “We are excited to see someone ask, `Will you marry me?’, whether on bended knee in a restaurant or in text splashed across a stadium Jumbotron. Certainly, it would not have the same effect to see, `Will you enter into a registered domestic partnership with me?’” The opinion goes on to draw parallels between California’s same-sex marriage ban and the Colorado opinion the Supreme Court struck down on a 6-3 vote after concluding that it was based on moral disapproval of gays. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion in that case, known as Romer v. Evans, and if the court agrees to take up Proposition 8, the similarities could hit the “sweet spot” that might persuade him to side with four other justices in upholding the 9th Circuit, said Douglas NeJaime, an associate professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. “Everyone is looking to Justice Kennedy, assuming that Justice Kennedy would not issue a sweepingly bad decision for gay rights, and yet people don’t know if he is ready to go so far as to say nationwide same-sex couples can get married,” NeJaime said. “I think the opinion evidences a real savviness about the posture of this case and its position in the trajectory of a national movement for marriage for same sex couples.” Smith, the lone dissenting judge, disagreed that Proposition 8 necessarily served no purpose other than to treat gays and lesbians as second-class citizens. He pointed out that its backers claimed it could serve to promote responsible child-rearing among opposite-sex couples, and said courts were obligated to uphold laws in the face of civil rights challenges unless they were “clearly wrong, a display of arbitrary power (or) not an exercise of judgment.” “There is good reason for this restraint,” Smith said. ___ Associated Press writers Paul Elias, Garance Burke and Terence Chea in San Francisco, and Raquel Dillon in Los Angeles contributed to this report. ___ Online: Originally posted here: Proposition 8 Case Faces Unclear Path Ahead

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Jack in the Box Unveils Bacon-Flavored Milkshake

February 8, 2012
Jack in the Box Unveils Bacon-Flavored Milkshake

The “technically vegetarian” beverage isn’t listed on the menu. Read this article: Jack in the Box Unveils Bacon-Flavored Milkshake

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In-N-Out Demands Manhattan Beach Eatery Rename Their Burger Called the Double Double

February 8, 2012
In-N-Out Demands Manhattan Beach Eatery Rename Their Burger Called the Double Double

In-N-Out makes burgers beloved by many, but they also have a rep for making sure no one else makes a burger like them–or at least calls it by the same name. Famously protective of their menu and aesthetics, the SoCal chain has asked a nearly 40-year-old Manhattan Beach eatery to take the burger they’re calling a Double Double off their menu. more › Excerpt from: In-N-Out Demands Manhattan Beach Eatery Rename Their Burger Called the Double Double

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Coming Attractions : Andrew Kirschner To Open Tar & Roses Early December

November 1, 2011
Coming Attractions : Andrew Kirschner To Open Tar & Roses Early December

Tar & Roses , the anticipated and seemingly slow going project from chef Andrew Kirschner (Wilshire), is estimated to open on December 1 . A release today reveals a few more details on the ingredient-driven Santa Monica eatery, and we’re told that the “soul” of the restaurant is its wood-burning oven. Kirschner plans to burn a slew of different woods (almond, apple, olive, oak, walnut) to impart flavor on food, and every day the menu will list the daily choice of wood. Here, the menu is influenced by Kirschner’s travels to Italy, Spain, and Southeast Asia, and the expansive menu seemingly offers something for everyone. To start there’s a “Bruschetta Bar” where guests can order combos like chopped liver/pickled onions and rabbit rillettes/prune jam/marcona almonds, in addition to charcuterie and cheese. Meanwhile, the main menu is divided into the following categories: snacks, veggies, small, and large. Selects range from crispy lamb belly with minted apple chutney to Meyer lemon ricotta gnocchi with charred baby broccoli to wood-roasted crispy pork knuckle with creamy farro, pickled pear, and chile salad. Winemaker Chris Keller has worked out the wine list with both domestic and imported bottles. As for aesthetic, Kirschner will combine some old and some new plus reclaimed elements when possible. Tables are made from wood and Carrera marble, serveware is Heath Ceramics, and water glasses are made from recycled wine bottles. Expect polished concrete floors, black banquettes, plus an outdoor space described as an “urban patio.” Tar & Roses has capacity to seat 75 diners and will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 5:30 to 10:30PM. Lunch should debut next year. · All Tar & Roses Coverage [~ELA~] Read this article: Coming Attractions : Andrew Kirschner To Open Tar & Roses Early December

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Las Vegas DUI Checkpoint 05/01/2010 1of2

September 5, 2011
Las Vegas DUI Checkpoint 05/01/2010 1of2

Las Vegas Police observed during a DUI Checkpoint in Summerlin Saturday night. Coercion, intimidation, and blatant disregard for the law are all common themes on the menu tonight, served up by the brave men and women of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

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