LGBT Caucus Honors 40 Years of PrideLGBT Caucus

by Ken Pierce

The California Legislature proclaimed June 2010 as LGBT Pride Month and celebrated the LGBT Community’s past accomplishments and contributions at a ceremony hosted by the Legislature's LGBT Caucus on Monday, June 14.

The Assembly used the occasion to honor eight LGBT individuals and the Prides of Los Angeles and San Francisco on the occasion of their 40th anniversaries. The honorees were selected from across the state for their lifetime contributions and accomplishments in creating a better future for California and the United States.

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Stonewall Dems Endorse Pan in Contest Against PugnoDr. Richard Pan

By Dan Aiello

With 43 percent of the vote, self-described Proposition 8 author, Andrew Pugno, has won the Republican primary and will face off against Democrat Dr. Richard Pan for California's 5th Assembly District in what both sides anticipate will be a tough race for the open seat of this once solidly Republican district east of Sacramento.

Pugno won the race after raising more than $350,000 dollars using the Protectmarriage.com's Yes on Prop 8 contributors list shortly after the anti-marriage equality initiative passed.

Read more: Stonewall Dems Endorse Pan

 

Call to End DOMA Advances to California Senate FloorAssemblymember Julia Brownley

By Dan Aiello

AJR 19 (Brownley, Feuer), a non-binding resolution calling on the U.S. Congress and President Barack Obama to repeal the nation's Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), advanced to California's Senate floor, after it was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 3-2 vote on Wednesday June 16.

The resolution by Assemblywoman Julia Brownley, (D-Santa Monica) and Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles), calls on the U.S. Congress and President to repeal DOMA because it "discriminates against married same-sex couples."

Read more: Call to End DOMA Advances to California Senate Floor

 

Stay A-Tweet of Prop 8 Closing Arguments with MEUSA

On Wednesday, June 16, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., the morning of the closing arguments in the historic United States District Court proceedings challenging Proposition 8, Marriage Equality USA (MEUSA), clergy and couples will come together to support the Federal Constitution's Promise of Equal Protection for All.

To get tweets and updates from the hearing, follow MEUSA at https://twitter.com/MEUSA and get more information at marriageequality.org

Read more: Stay A-Tweet of Prop 8

 

Mormons Fined by FPPC for 13 Counts of Prop 8 Malfeasance

By Dan Aiello

On Wednesday, June 9,  the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints became the first religious organization to be fined for political malfeasance, according to Californians Against Hate (CAH), the non-profit organization that filed the complaint after voters narrowly approved the anti-marriage equality initiative, proposition 8, November, 2008.

Leaders of the Mormon Church "failed to timely report making late non-monetary contributions" to the Yes on Prop 8 campaign, an amount totaling $36,928, according to the June 10, 2010 finding by California's Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), announced at the commission's meeting Wednesday in Sacramento. The commission's enforcement included levying a 15% punitive fine against the LDS organization, totaling $5,539 dollars.

Read more: Mormons Fined by FPPC

 

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