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A Timeline of Daily Bruin Same-Sex Marriage Coverage

In a landmark Friday decision, the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriages are legal and must be recognized in all 50 states. The case, Obergefell v. Hodges, is the culmination of decades of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender advocacy. Mojo looks at the Daily Bruin’s coverage of this divisive cultural issue on the UCLA campus and in state and national legislatures, and how attitudes towards it have changed dramatically in a mere matter of decades.

May 1996: “Clinton targets same-sex marriages

“But opponents to the act … argue that some members of the heterosexual community simply do not want homosexuals entitled to the same privileges as heterosexual couples. ‘I get this impression that people are getting so bent out of shape about us getting married,’ said Jill Tordsen-McCall, a fifth-year English student who is getting married to her partner this summer.”

Sept. 1996: Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) Passes

The now-overturned law, which sought to define marriage as “between one man and one woman,” was passed by President Bill Clinton with overwhelming majorities in the House and Senate.

Mar. 2000: Proposition 22 Passes

Sixty-one percent of California voters approved of the initiative, which defined marriage as an opposite-sex relationship. It was overturned in 2008, though another ballot initiative – Proposition 8 - effectively superseded this one.

Feb. 2004: “A closer look: Same-sex marriages unlikely in Los Angeles”

For a month in 2004, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom defied state laws and national attitudes by ordering the municipal-county government to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples until the state intervened. This led to questions of whether or not a similar situation could arise in Los Angeles.

Any decision to support same-sex marriages (in the city) would have to be passed by the five members who make up the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors with a minimum 3-2 vote.

“I cannot imagine the board taking that action,”  said Robert Bradley Sears, director of the Charles R. Williams Project on Sexual Orientation Law at the UCLA School of Law.

Sept. 2005: “State comes out for same-sex marriage  finally

“We sat there for five seconds, 10 seconds, and nothing happened. We sat there for what seemed like an eternity, hoping and praying for one more vote.

Then, seconds before the voting was closed, Simon Salinas, of Salinas County, registered an aye vote, giving us the 41 we needed. The gallery erupted in jubilation, as couples laughed, wept and held each other in joy and relief.

But this vote will not be the last word on this issue. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has said he will veto it, meaning it will never even become law.”

May 2007: Letter to the Editor

Whether you are homosexual or want gays wiped off the planet should not matter  because the government should not have its fingers on any marriage in the first place,” wrote the then-secretary of the Bruin Republicans, Jimmy Dunn.

Nov. 2008: Proposition 8 Passes

The controversial ballot initiative banned same-sex marriage in California and was immediately subject to legal challenges.

Feb. 2010: “Professor testifies at Proposition 8 trial

In my book, I look at why same-sex couples get married, and it’s for the same reasons as heterosexual couples, said Lee Badgett, who recently published When Gay People Get Married. “Also, after gay couples are allowed to get married, there is no surge in divorces or drop in heterosexual marriage.”

Aug. 2010: “UCLA couple hopeful after federal court ruling to repeal Proposition 8

Yet even when members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community feel confident in their identity, they face judgment from strangers around them. Besides the uncomfortable stares Jason Bernabe and Peter Rodriguez get from passersby, Rodriguez said they have been hurt by other students simply for their love for each other.

“I was walking home from a frat party with Jason one night, and (people in) a frat house across the street threatened me,” he said. “People’s views can make you feel unsafe sometimes.”

Feb. 2012: “Federal appeals court rules California’s same-sex marriage ban as unconstitutional

July 2013: “Overturning of Proposition 8 affects individuals, states

It was hard for them to tell their 5-year-old son about Proposition 8.

UCLA alumnus Larry Riesenbach married his husband, Tim Ky, shortly before Proposition 8 was approved by California voters, banning same-sex marriage. The law that said same-sex couples should not be allowed to wed still caused their family emotional pain, Riesenbach said.

When the couple learned Proposition 8 was sent back to the state and they would be recognized by the federal government, they held each other and Riesenbach said he started to cry.

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Arts & Entertainment

Reading Rainbow: Throw It Back To the Childhood Favorites

Judy Blume was the woman who discussed coming-of-age topics often uncomfortable to discuss with children and young adults in an entertaining, revolutionary type of way. We all know her as the author of young adult novels such as “Blubber” or “Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret.” If you think that her books may be under your reading level, fret not, because Blume is releasing her first novel for adults in 17 years.”In the Unlikely Event” centers on the tragic winter of the early 1950′s in her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey, when three catastrophic plane crashes kill hundreds. Although the novel comes out June 2, we secretly wish we could start reading to distract us from all the studying we have coming up. So while we’re on the topic of Judy Blume and the revival of her writing career, here are some favorite childhood authors you probably forgot existed and wish you could read again (and if you have time, should).  

 

1. Roald Dahl  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach

Let’s be honest, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” was a little twisted with the idea of children going into a factory and either dying or turning into a blueberry. And Matilda’s telekinesis only gave us a glimpse to what extent her powers can go to cough-Carriepromscene-cough.

2. Lemony Snicket (pen name for Daniel Handler)  The Series of Unfortunate Events (series)

Who doesn’t love reading about three siblings whose parents just got killed in a fire and their psychotic, freaky uncle is constantly murdering people in order to get to their inheritance? And you might as well catch up before the Netflix series arrives.

3. Beverly Cleary  Henry Huggins, Beezus and Ramona, Ramona (Series)

For the perfect, most relateable novels regarding relationships between oneself, siblings, parents and teachers, the “Ramona” series is on point.

4. Mary Pope Osborne  Magic Tree House (series)

Children’s fantasy + historical fiction. These books were your PBS Kids alternative that you would turn to when you maxed out on TV time after school.

5. Crockett Johnson   Harold and the Purple Crayon (series)

His imagination was endless. He had a picnic with nine pies. NINE.

6. K.A. Applegate  Animorphs (series)

The covers were really scary and you probably started reading them because you had to write some science fiction book report, but it sparked your love for Supernatural, so you don’t regret it.

7. Barbara Park  Junie B. Jones (series)

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The ‘B’ stands for Beatrice. Except I don’t like Beatrice. I just like B and that’s all.” Let’s be honest, you had that memorized. She might not have been hooked on phonics, but she was spunky and a little troublemaker, and it was appreciated.

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Arts & Entertainment

Lil B’s Guide to Life

Source: HYPEBEAST
Source: HYPEBEAST

Tonight, Brandon McCartney, better known as rapper Lil B, is gracing the UCLA campus with his presence in a speaking event put on by the Campus Events Commission. The Bay Area rapper, record producer, author and motivational speaker is well known for his memorable quotes. For those of you who haven’t been blessed by the “Based God” yet, here’s a preview of what you can expect tonight:

The man isn’t afraid to shed society’s unfair expectations of masculinity when the moment strikes him. It’s okay to be vulnerable; we’re all people after all.

Comparing himself to two of the world’s most powerful people takes real confidence. Lil B just tells it like it is.

Lil B may not have a degree in biology, but he raises an interesting point on the long-term health benefits of good ol’ oxygen. #staysmiling

He never forgets where he comes from and the support and love that has led him to where he is today. Very classy, Based God.

When you’re this famous and successful, there are bound to be jealous people who try to tear you down. Lil B isn’t scared, he sees right through it all.

Deep. These observations are akin to those of a young Carl Sagan or Neil deGrasse-Tyson.

If you were unable to reserve a ticket, swing by Ackerman Grand Ballroom starting at 7:30 p.m. to snag an unclaimed wristband for the 8 p.m. program. You won’t want to miss this.

As always, #tybg.

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Food and Dining

The Ocho: Apartment Dinner Party Locale


One Sunday morning, I was looking for a brunch place on Yelp when I stumbled across what seemed like a new, highly rated restaurant called The Ocho. Intrigued, I read the reviews, excited that something passably edible had finally come to Westwood. Instead, I found a mock “restaurant” run by Sunny Singh, the Bruins United presidential candidate from 2014 and a fourth-year history and economics student, in conjunction with his roommates. After some back and forth, I visited Singh and his friends/roommates, fourth-year psychology student Michael Ruder and fourth-year sociology student Patrick Cody-Carrese, after the end of one of their regular dinner parties on a Monday evening.

Though none of the trio plan to pursue cooking full-time after graduation this quarter, they still plan to keep the spirit of The Ocho alive by continuing to throw dinner parties in their post-college lives.

If you want to create your own Ocho-style experience, keep a few things in mind:

  • Be collaborative in the kitchen. There’s no need to put all the pressure on yourself as the gracious host and chef.

“We’re very competitive with our dishes and sometimes we make recommendations, like adding a little less salt, but all in all we want to see each other improve and make the best dish possible.”  – Cody-Carrese

  • Be creative in the kitchen and don’t just follow recipes from online.

“We always try to keep it different. We never serve the same dish twice.” – Cody-Carrese

  • The most important thing is the people you’re breaking bread with.

“It’s always great to be able to spend time with friends, to partake in a meal together. It’s like Thanksgiving every time (we host The Ocho).” – Singh

“I think the main ingredient in any delicious dinner party is the people. You gotta have the right people coming in order to make a good dinner party.” – Ruder

“Share your stories like you share your food” – Cody-Carrese

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