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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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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.
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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
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.
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
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.
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.
NATIONAL
October 17, 2010 | By Andrew Malcolm, Los Angeles Times
For most of the 634 days Barack Obama has been president of these United States, he and his voluble sidekick from Delaware have pleaded with the gay community to give them time, trust us, be patient, and have insisted that we understand, you'll be happy with us later, you know where we stand over the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Well, on Tuesday, Obama was handed a golden opportunity to finally dump the law for good when U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips in California threw the whole policy out as unconstitutional, totally banning it from that day henceforth, despite President Clinton having signed the legislation in 1993.
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.
SPORTS
January 16, 2014 | By David Wharton
As the 2014 Sochi Olympics draw near, Russia's anti-gay legislation continues to be a hot-button issue. Earlier this week, the U.S. Olympic Committee declined to take an official stance on the laws, saying it would defer to the Olympic Charter, which bans political demonstrations by athletes and coaches at the Games. On Wednesday, an International Olympic Committee member was quoted by Italian media as saying that President Obama's decision to include openly gay athletes on the U.S. delegation to Sochi is "absurd.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
Transgender activist Eli Erlick, 18, was on the phone from her home in the small Mendocino County town of Willits and I could not resist asking her to respond to something uttered recently on the radio by James Dobson, founder of the conservative Christian group Focus on the Family. "God made us male and female," said Dobson, expressing distaste for California's groundbreaking new law that requires schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms and play on the sports teams of the gender they identify with.
SPORTS
January 9, 2014 | By David Wharton
Billie Jean King says she now believes that athletes should think twice about protesting for gay rights at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The former tennis great, who will be part of the official U.S. delegation, cited Rule 50 of the Olympic Charter, which bans political demonstrations by participants at the Games. "I don't want any athlete getting in trouble, although I think they should do anything they want," King told the Associated Press. "Before I knew about Rule 50, I thought it would be sweet to wave some flags or something.
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