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.

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HUD Adds Important Civil Rights Protections to Its Grant Programs
Donovan

For the first time in its history, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will require grant applicants seeking HUD funding to comply with state and local anti-discrimination laws that protect LGBT individuals.

On June 7, HUD published a notice detailing the general requirements that will apply to all of the Department's competitively awarded grant programs for Fiscal Year 2010.

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New Policy on Gender Change in Passports AnnouncedNCTE

The US Department of State has announced new policy guidelines regarding gender change in passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad.

Beginning today, June 10, when a passport applicant presents a certification from an attending medical physician that the applicant has undergone appropriate clinical treatment for gender transition, the passport will reflect the new gender.

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LGBT Americans Oppose Arizona’s Immigration Policies

With Arizona’s controversial new state immigration law due to go into effect this July, a recent national survey reveals that a clear majority of 63 percent of LGBT individuals oppose these policies, with 45 percent expressing strong opposition.

In sharp contrast, and as in other national opinion polls, 6 out of 10 (60 percent) heterosexual adults who also have seen, read or heard about Arizona’s forthcoming statute say they support Arizona’s new immigration policies, with 41 percent saying they strongly support these changes.

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Brown Readies to Carry Democratic Fight for GovernorshipJerry Brown

by Dan Aiello

At the end of an unopposed primary race, the elder statesman of California's Democratic party, former governor and current Attorney General Jerry Brown, accepted his party's gubernatorial nomination Tuesday night with personal reflection and political guile that long-time political observers called 'vintage' Brown.

"I'm here as the Democratic candidate for governor," Brown told supporters. "But I'm also here as a Californian that's disgusted with the awful mess in Sacramento, and the politicians and the Wall Street bankers that got us there."

Read more: Brown Readies to Carry Democratic Fight for Governorship

 

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