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OPINION
May 30, 1999
Now that Gray Davis is governor, our representatives are moving forward with an agenda that includes gay-rights and "domestic partner" legislation ("Opponents of Gay Rights Measures Stage Rally," May 25). Race, religion and national origin are bona fide civil rights. Sexual preference is a private matter that has nothing to do with civil rights. The idea that we are somehow "discriminating" against unmarried couples, gay or straight, is absurd. Heterosexual marriage has always been a cornerstone of society and a social objective that confers certain benefits.
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OPINION
April 10, 2014
Re "Mozilla CEO resigns after Prop. 8 outcry," April 4 If former Mozilla Chief Executive Brandon Eich had made a contribution - however long ago - to, say, an anti-Semitic group or even one of the organizations trying to sell the message that a woman's place is in the home after all (in short, any cause that seeks to infringe on the civil liberties or equality of any specific social group), we wouldn't be having this conversation. Why is it, among all the other "antis," anti-gay attitudes are somehow singularly defended as expressions of free speech?
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SPORTS
February 4, 2014 | By David Wharton
SOCHI, Russia -- The honorary mayor of the mountain village at the 2014 Sochi Olympics said Tuesday that the Games should not be used as a platform to protest about gay rights. "For the spectators, it is more important who wins than whether he or her is homosexual or not," said Svetlana Zhurova of Russia, a gold-medal speedskater at the 2006 Turin Games. Gay rights have been an issue because of a Russian laws that criminalizes "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" in the presence of minors.
NEWS
April 7, 2014 | By Michael McGough
Whether a business can refuse to do business with same-sex couples may be a hot political topic, but it's apparently not ready for prime time at the U.S. Supreme Court. On Monday , the court declined to review a decision by the New Mexico Supreme Court holding that a photographer had to shoot a same-sex “commitment ceremony.” But don't jump to the conclusion that the court refused to take this case because of sympathy for gay rights or an unwillingness to approve religious objections to complying with a particular law. (That is the issue in the Hobby Lobby case involving a company that objects to a federal requirement that it provide certain contraceptives in its employee health plans)
NEWS
April 24, 1993 | PAUL RICHTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When crowds of gay-rights advocates march down Constitution Avenue and swing past the White House on their way to the Capitol on Sunday, President Clinton will not be at home. Yet, while sidestepping direct involvement in the march, Clinton has demonstrated that the politically explosive question of homosexual rights is one of the few issues that he considers non-negotiable.
OPINION
June 17, 2009
Because the Justice Department traditionally defends federal laws from court challenges, it should surprise no one that the Obama administration filed a brief arguing in favor of the odious Defense of Marriage Act:HR3396:. Gay and lesbian activists were stunned and outraged anyway, though the cause is more complex than a single legal paper.
OPINION
October 31, 2012
Re "Gay marriage at the polls," Editorial, Oct. 28 The shift in public opinion regarding gay marriage has more to do with civil rights than religion. People finally understand that denying marriage also denies legal protection afforded to the partner who maintains the household in community property states. It denies partners the right to file joint federal tax returns. Many companies deny medical coverage to same-sex couples. Discrimination against one group of people is legally unsound and should have nothing to do with religion.
NEWS
April 7, 2014 | By Charlotte Allen, guest blogger
Hey, gay rights activists: Why are you doing your best to make everyone hate you? I'm talking about the forced resignation of Mozilla Corp. CEO Brendan Eich . Because six years ago as a private citizen -- I repeat, six years ago as a private citizen -- he contributed $1,000 -- I repeat, $1,000 -- to the campaign for Proposition 8 , the approved ballot measure that changed the California Constitution to say that marriage between a man and a woman would be the only kind of marriage that the state would recognize as legal.
NEWS
April 7, 2014 | By Charlotte Allen, guest blogger
Hey, gay rights activists: Why are you doing your best to make everyone hate you? I'm talking about the forced resignation of Mozilla Corp. CEO Brendan Eich . Because six years ago as a private citizen -- I repeat, six years ago as a private citizen -- he contributed $1,000 -- I repeat, $1,000 -- to the campaign for Proposition 8 , the approved ballot measure that changed the California Constitution to say that marriage between a man and a woman would be the only kind of marriage that the state would recognize as legal.
NATIONAL
March 12, 2014 | By Cathleen Decker and Cindy Carcamo
TUCSON - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer announced Wednesday she would not seek a third term, forgoing a campaign that would have required her to challenge the state's term limits measure. The Republican had left open the option of running this year, despite the overwhelming weight of legal opinion against it. She became governor in 2009 when Democrat Janet Napolitano left office to join President Obama's Cabinet, and Brewer won reelection the following year. The state limits governors to two terms, and most legal experts said her first partial term counted toward the limit.
NEWS
March 8, 2014 | By Daniel Rothberg
OXON HILL, Md. - For an event remembered by its big statements - rabble-rousing speeches and students clad in American-flag shorts - this year's Conservative Political Action Conference was nearly silent on same-sex marriage and other such issues. But the low-key treatment spoke loudly about a growing tension between conservatives who want to raise the issue - most of them opposed to gay rights - and those who want to focus on other issues. In a bit of irony, a subject once effectively used by some Republicans against Democrats has now become something of a wedge issue within the Republican Party.
NATIONAL
February 26, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
TUCSON - In a victory hailed by gay rights advocates, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a bill Wednesday that would have bolstered a business owner's right to refuse service to gays and others on the basis of religion. The veto, delivered the same day a federal judge struck down a law against same-sex marriage in Texas, came amid an intense national outcry by the gay community, its supporters, business owners and Arizona political leaders. "Senate Bill 1062 does not address a specific and present concern related to religious liberty in Arizona," Brewer said in televised remarks from Phoenix.
NATIONAL
February 25, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
As Arizona awaits its governor's decision on a religious freedom bill cast by critics as anti-gay, civil rights advocates in Indiana bashed its state's own foray into controversial legislation: A measure that would exempt many faith-based organizations from a law that prevents religious discrimination in employment decisions. But while the furor grew in Arizona, Indiana lawmakers quickly nixed their measure Tuesday. "The amendment is dead,” said Republican caucus spokeswoman Tory Flynn.
NATIONAL
February 20, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
TUCSON -- Say a gay couple in Phoenix walks into a bakery to order their wedding cake. The baker refuses to take their order because of his deeply held religious beliefs. Under a measure that passed the Arizona Legislature this week, the baker would have greater protection to invoke religion to shield himself from a discrimination lawsuit. The bill, approved by the Republican-controlled Senate on Wednesday and the GOP-led House on Thursday, would bolster a business owner's right to refuse service to gays and others if the owner believes doing so violates the practice and observance of his or her religion.
SPORTS
February 4, 2014 | By David Wharton
SOCHI, Russia -- The honorary mayor of the mountain village at the 2014 Sochi Olympics said Tuesday that the Games should not be used as a platform to protest about gay rights. "For the spectators, it is more important who wins than whether he or her is homosexual or not," said Svetlana Zhurova of Russia, a gold-medal speedskater at the 2006 Turin Games. Gay rights have been an issue because of a Russian laws that criminalizes "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" in the presence of minors.
SPORTS
January 26, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Sochi Friendship Grove looked like a pleasant place for reflection on a Friday afternoon, a chance to ponder the ideals and beliefs of the Olympic movement with the opening ceremony exactly three weeks away. Uniformed high-school students, classes done for the day, streamed across the street past the park. The lemon-filled Friendship Tree, planted in 1992, was a short skateboard ride away, and to get there, you could go past a wall mural with the Olympic rings and snow-peaked mountains.
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