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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 1990
The U.S. military just crawled into the same bed with Adolf Hitler. The military's prostitution of democracy by open discrimination of qualified men and women (because they are gay) is un-American and an insult to freedom ("High Court Lets Military's Ban on Gays Stand," Part A, Feb. 27). The Defense Department states as its reasoning: because "homosexuality is incompatible with military service." Maybe the educational system should use this same philosophy and ban military brass from teaching, since they seem incompatible with intelligent thinking.
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OPINION
August 22, 2004
Re "Parishes Split Off Over Gay Issues," Aug. 18: Why are people shocked at the Episcopalian Church schism? When the elite of the church decided to ignore the Bible's multiple condemnations of homosexuality, it chose worldly popularity over eternal truth. People have not left the church; it left them. Aaron Smith Carlsbad
ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
As anyone who's watched even a few minutes of A&E's reality hit "Duck Dynasty" can tell you, Phil Robertson is a pretty conservative guy.  But in an interview published in January's GQ Magazine , the duck call inventor and Roberston family patriarch  goes on record with comments about the sinfulness of gays and black people under Jim Crow that are about as forward-thinking as his Old Testament facial hair.  In the profile, an unedited Robertson...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 1991
If Judge Larry Stirling had simply asked the bailiff to clean up because the person was sick, his behavior would have been reasonable. But he didn't. He said he ordered the cleanup because the person was HIV infected, thereby implying the virus could be passed through casual contact. Being Alive has 600 members who live with this virus every day. Judge Stirling's ignorance not only hurts them but, ultimately all of society. Let's hope all of us strive for more education and understanding about HIV/AIDS.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 1992
Regarding the article titled "Vatican Statement Supports Discrimination Against Gays" (July 17): By changing two words in the Vatican's statement, the fuller scope of the its policy becomes clear. According to these Men of God, "There are areas in which it is not unjust discrimination to take sexual orientation into account." Change the words sexual orientation to gender or race or national origin or physical limitation or marital status, and what do you have? An organization that cloaks itself in righteousness while promoting a systematic denial of rights.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 1990
We commend you on your editorial, "It's as Good a Time as Any for City to Assure Gay Rights," (Jan. 28). You made a point which is often lost in discussions of this sort, namely that no one acquires civil rights because others approve of him or her, but automatically by virtue of citizenship. Approval or disapproval of a minority by the majority is irrelevant to the issue of civil rights for the minority. Just as civil rights does not stem from approval, guarantee of civil rights does not imply approval.
NATIONAL
March 13, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
Dharun Ravi, charged with using a webcam to spy on his gay roommate during a sexual encounter in their Rutgers dorm room, is a man without hate, his lawyer argued Tuesday. Defense attorney Steven Altman presented the defense summation of the trial that has become a national symbol of the type of extreme bullying that gay-rights advocates say homosexuals sometimes face. The prosecution is scheduled to summarize its arguments later in the day, and the case could go to jury deliberation by Wednesday.
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