SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The country's largest consumer bankruptcy court has ruled that the federal law prohibiting same-sex marriages is unconstitutional.
The Los Angeles-based federal court made the ruling Monday in the case of a gay couple seeking to file a joint bankruptcy petition. The couple wed during the 2008 window when same-sex marriage was briefly legal in California.
A Justice Department lawyer wanted the petition dismissed, citing the Defense of Marriage Act, which limits marriage to a man and a woman.
The Obama administration has said it believes the act is unconstitutional but opposed the couple's petition to give Congress a chance to intervene in the case. Congress failed to respond.
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Thomas Donovan wrote Monday that the Defense of Marriage Act violates equal protection laws. He allowed the couple to file a joint petition.
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Hot weather is expected again Tuesday throughout San Diego County though temperatures should be about five degrees below Monday's record-breaking heat.
A week after fleeing wildfires, tens of thousands of Californians are drifting back into their neighborhoods.
The ex-husband of a retired Army captain from San Diego who went missing over the Labor Day weekend has been arrested on suspicion of murdering her in San Bernardino County, authorities said Monday.
Puerto Rico continues to struggle to recover from the devastating blow Hurricane Maria delivered last month, but one San Diego student, who once lived on the island, is doing his part to help with the relief effort.
City officials said Monday they are embarking on a study to find out why some recently repaved roads in San Diego are deteriorating quicker than expected.
The City of Santa Rosa was devastated by the recent wildfires. Thousands of residents lost their homes and now, a San Diegan who grew up in Santa Rosa is stepping in to help.
It's been one month since SeaWorld released three endangered sea turtles that had been rehabbed after washing up in Oregon.
As we are watching residents in Napa Valley return to find nothing left of their homes, we can certainly relate to their agony here in San Diego. Some locals are doing what they can to help when disaster strikes locally.