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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 1990
It's time for San Diegans to speak up and make known to the so-called Rev. Sheldon of the Traditional Values Coalition and his ilk that we are not patsies for his political agenda. He comes to our community from elsewhere with his hateful, bigoted, intolerant views and wants to use the citizens of San Diego to promote them. His opposition to the Human Dignity Ordinance, which provides equal rights, not special privileges, to a segment of our population that is continually harassed and discriminated against by the likes of Sheldon, is indefensible.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 1990
The recent, unsuccessful petitioning effort to submit the Human Dignity Ordinance to a vote of the people ("Gay Rights Ordinance Is Now Law," May 17) produced some rather startling ironies. While volunteers were legally and peacefully collecting signatures in front of grocery stores and other businesses, they were regularly confronted by opponents, who screamed obscenities and chastised anyone signing the petition by calling them "bigots" and "homophobics." When this confrontational strategy actually increased the number of petition signers, opponents instead showed up with clipboards in hand, pretending to be petitioning for other causes.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 1990
The recent, unsuccessful petitioning effort to submit the Human Dignity Ordinance to a vote of the people ("Gay Rights Ordinance Is Now Law," May 17) produced some rather startling ironies. While volunteers were legally and peacefully collecting signatures in front of grocery stores and other businesses, they were regularly confronted by opponents, who screamed obscenities and chastised anyone signing the petition by calling them "bigots" and "homophobics." When this confrontational strategy actually increased the number of petition signers, opponents instead showed up with clipboards in hand, pretending to be petitioning for other causes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 1990
It's time for San Diegans to speak up and make known to the so-called Rev. Sheldon of the Traditional Values Coalition and his ilk that we are not patsies for his political agenda. He comes to our community from elsewhere with his hateful, bigoted, intolerant views and wants to use the citizens of San Diego to promote them. His opposition to the Human Dignity Ordinance, which provides equal rights, not special privileges, to a segment of our population that is continually harassed and discriminated against by the likes of Sheldon, is indefensible.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 1990
In his opposition to the "Human Dignity Ordinance" of San Diego, which would forbid discrimination against homosexual citizens, the Rev. Louis Sheldon of the Traditional Values Coalition stoops to rhetoric that is, at best, wrong and, at worst, deliberately inflammatory ("Emotions High at Hearing on Gay Rights," Jan. 18). Homosexuality, like heterosexuality, may or may not be immutable behavior. What is clear, however, is that a person's sexual orientation is determined by a variety of factors, the presence and weight of which seem to vary greatly among individuals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 1990
I was very proud to be a part of the lesbian and gay contingent marching in the Martin Luther King Jr. parade last weekend. At the same time I was impressed by the commitment of those at the parade toward civil rights. I was again reminded how individuals who are lesbian and gay do not have the same protection under the law as other minorities. I found it ironic, at the parade to celebrate civil rights, a lesbian friend of mine could not march with our contingent because her employer is harassing her because she is a lesbian.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 1992
First in San Francisco; now in San Diego. "Traditional" prejudices and discrimination in the Boy Scout program are being uncovered. The time has come for that organization to discover that the world is really not flat. Archaic information and attitudes must be discarded. Fears that homosexuality is transferable and that youngsters can be "recruited" are totally groundless. While it may be true that you can't legislate morality, the San Diego Human Dignity Ordinance needs to be invoked if only to expose the injustice of banning people merely because of their involuntary and irreversible sexual orientation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 1992 | From Associated Press
San Diego city officials said they were investigating whether the Boy Scouts of America violated a human dignity ordinance by suspending the leader of a police youth group who publicly revealed that he is homosexual.
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April 4, 1990 | LEONARD BERNSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Homosexuals won new protections against discrimination by landlords, employers and private businesses Tuesday when the San Diego City Council overwhelmingly approved the controversial Human Dignity Ordinance. But the victory for gay and lesbian activists who spent two years lobbying for the new law seemed likely to touch off a larger political battle as leaders of the religious right immediately said they would make good on threats to overturn the ordinance via a ballot referendum.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 1992 | From Associated Press
U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter on Monday wrote a letter to Navy Secretary Sean O'Keefe, asking him to give access to military facilities to the Boy Scouts of America. Hunter (R-San Diego) said he wrote the letter in reaction to a resolution adopted by a San Diego city commission last week that condemned the Scouts for its policy prohibiting homosexuals from being Scout leaders.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 1990
In his opposition to the "Human Dignity Ordinance" of San Diego, which would forbid discrimination against homosexual citizens, the Rev. Louis Sheldon of the Traditional Values Coalition stoops to rhetoric that is, at best, wrong and, at worst, deliberately inflammatory ("Emotions High at Hearing on Gay Rights," Jan. 18). Homosexuality, like heterosexuality, may or may not be immutable behavior. What is clear, however, is that a person's sexual orientation is determined by a variety of factors, the presence and weight of which seem to vary greatly among individuals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 1990
I was very proud to be a part of the lesbian and gay contingent marching in the Martin Luther King Jr. parade last weekend. At the same time I was impressed by the commitment of those at the parade toward civil rights. I was again reminded how individuals who are lesbian and gay do not have the same protection under the law as other minorities. I found it ironic, at the parade to celebrate civil rights, a lesbian friend of mine could not march with our contingent because her employer is harassing her because she is a lesbian.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 1990 | LEONARD BERNSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A proposal to outlaw discrimination against gays and lesbians in the city of San Diego passed its first test Wednesday in perhaps the most emotional public hearing since the City Council debated a tribute to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. a year ago. Vehement opponents of the measure matched Biblical verse prohibiting homosexuality against gays' heartfelt stories of discrimination during two hours of testimony before the council's Rules Committee.
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