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January 15, 1989
Why must The Times continue to give aid and comfort to a group of misguided and misinformed Orange County residents? The Irvine Human Rights Ordinance is not, I repeat not, an "Ordinance on Gay Rights" as your blaring headline declared. Richard Beene's reporting style was objective and fair, but your headline gave it a skewed perspective, especially if a less than thorough reader did not get as far as Page 5 to read Larry Agran and James Boone's judicious comments that the ordinance is a broad-based human rights ordinance designed to protect all residents of Irvine.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 1992
Dana Parsons' column of Jan. 8 finally prompted us to write a long overdue letter. In this hotbed of Republican conservatism that people such as (Agustin Alvarez) so lovingly think of as home to family values, we should not be too surprised that once in a while their guard slips and the bigotry and hatred show through. Our thanks to Parsons for exposing them as the danger they are to everything that reasonable men and women stand for. As life partners for 19 years, and as an openly gay couple, we have experienced it all before.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1989
The Human Rights Ordinance of Irvine guarantees fair and equal treatment of all Irvine citizens in employment, housing and education. These are all guarantees of the California and the U.S. constitutions, and an ordinance by the city of Irvine is a redundancy. However, the Irvine ordinance specifically mentions homosexuals. Are homosexuals protected by the state and federal constitutions? Yes. Therefore, does a yes vote on Measure N deny anyone their constitutional rights? No. It cannot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 1989 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To many, the campaign claims are nothing short of shocking: Homosexuals have an exorbitant number of lovers. They want to have sex with children. They relentlessly push their beliefs on a straight society. Such claims are part of a barrage of campaign mailers and brochures put out by Irvine anti-gay rights activists seeking to remove gays from protection under the city's Human Rights Ordinance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 1989
After reading "A Matter of Values, Political Semantics" (May 4) I wonder: What other "behaviors" disturb Scott Peotter's "traditional values" system? And I have pondered what group, included in the Irvine human rights ordinance, will be the next target of his coalition on account of their "behavior." Peotter tells us that his set of values came from the "Founding Fathers"; however, he fails to realize they were a great group of activists--perhaps even radicals--who, in their own time, overthrew a government!
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 1992
Dana Parsons' column of Jan. 8 finally prompted us to write a long overdue letter. In this hotbed of Republican conservatism that people such as (Agustin Alvarez) so lovingly think of as home to family values, we should not be too surprised that once in a while their guard slips and the bigotry and hatred show through. Our thanks to Parsons for exposing them as the danger they are to everything that reasonable men and women stand for. As life partners for 19 years, and as an openly gay couple, we have experienced it all before.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1989
As the only gay person on the 13-member Advisory Board of Irvine Citizens United, I would like to respond to some of the charges made against gays and lesbians by the religious extremists who wish to exclude us from the Irvine Human Rights ordinance. They have attacked the morals, motives and integrity of the gay and lesbian community and have attacked me personally. The latest smear pamphlet distributed by the Irvine Values Coalition on Sept. 30 is a prime example of their fear-mongering tactics.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 1989 | PAULA WERNER, Paula Werner is a member of the Irvine City Council and the advisory board of Irvine Citizens United Against Discrimination.
What's happening in Irvine? Apparently a host of accomplishments. Business leaders rank Irvine as No. 1. Irvine's schools are judged best in the county and nation, and UCI boasts prestigious scholars and growing research endowments.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 1989 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To many, the campaign claims are nothing short of shocking: Homosexuals have an exorbitant number of lovers. They want to have sex with children. They relentlessly push their beliefs on a straight society. Such claims are part of a barrage of campaign mailers and brochures put out by Irvine anti-gay rights activists seeking to remove gays from protection under the city's Human Rights Ordinance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 1989 | CHRISTINA L. SHEA, Christina L. Shea is on the Steering Committee of the Irvine Values Coalition Citizens for Equal Rights.
In July of 1988 the mayor and the Irvine City Council enacted a human rights ordinance that has imbedded within its structure a clause referring to "sexual orientation." This Human Rights Ordinance, because of the inclusion of this clause, gives special legislative protection to the homosexual, bisexual and lesbian communities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1989
The Human Rights Ordinance of Irvine guarantees fair and equal treatment of all Irvine citizens in employment, housing and education. These are all guarantees of the California and the U.S. constitutions, and an ordinance by the city of Irvine is a redundancy. However, the Irvine ordinance specifically mentions homosexuals. Are homosexuals protected by the state and federal constitutions? Yes. Therefore, does a yes vote on Measure N deny anyone their constitutional rights? No. It cannot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 1989 | PAULA WERNER, Paula Werner is a member of the Irvine City Council and the advisory board of Irvine Citizens United Against Discrimination.
What's happening in Irvine? Apparently a host of accomplishments. Business leaders rank Irvine as No. 1. Irvine's schools are judged best in the county and nation, and UCI boasts prestigious scholars and growing research endowments.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 1989 | CHRISTINA L. SHEA, Christina L. Shea is on the Steering Committee of the Irvine Values Coalition Citizens for Equal Rights.
In July of 1988 the mayor and the Irvine City Council enacted a human rights ordinance that has imbedded within its structure a clause referring to "sexual orientation." This Human Rights Ordinance, because of the inclusion of this clause, gives special legislative protection to the homosexual, bisexual and lesbian communities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1989
As the only gay person on the 13-member Advisory Board of Irvine Citizens United, I would like to respond to some of the charges made against gays and lesbians by the religious extremists who wish to exclude us from the Irvine Human Rights ordinance. They have attacked the morals, motives and integrity of the gay and lesbian community and have attacked me personally. The latest smear pamphlet distributed by the Irvine Values Coalition on Sept. 30 is a prime example of their fear-mongering tactics.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 1989
After reading "A Matter of Values, Political Semantics" (May 4) I wonder: What other "behaviors" disturb Scott Peotter's "traditional values" system? And I have pondered what group, included in the Irvine human rights ordinance, will be the next target of his coalition on account of their "behavior." Peotter tells us that his set of values came from the "Founding Fathers"; however, he fails to realize they were a great group of activists--perhaps even radicals--who, in their own time, overthrew a government!
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 1989
Why must The Times continue to give aid and comfort to a group of misguided and misinformed Orange County residents? The Irvine Human Rights Ordinance is not, I repeat not, an "Ordinance on Gay Rights" as your blaring headline declared. Richard Beene's reporting style was objective and fair, but your headline gave it a skewed perspective, especially if a less than thorough reader did not get as far as Page 5 to read Larry Agran and James Boone's judicious comments that the ordinance is a broad-based human rights ordinance designed to protect all residents of Irvine.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 1989
Measure M (Half-cent sales tax increase for transportation): YES Measure N (Irvine Human Rights Ordinance amendment): NO
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 1989
In the issue of The Times (April 12) that carried the news about the debate on the gay-rights clause in the Irvine human-rights ordinance appeared an adjacent article about the drop in test scores in Irvine High School, among others. If the homophobic parents and so-called Christians who wish to preserve discrimination against gays in Irvine would concentrate instead on improving the education of their children, maybe the latter would grow up to become better citizens and human beings than their fanatic, narrow-minded elders.
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