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May 21, 1989
The Bible-beating smugness snaking many of the faces last Monday night at the Santa Ana City Council chambers underscored why I rooted for Orange County Cultural Pride from the Council members' breezeway. I grew up in Cypress next door to a family of three girls and two boys headed by a lesbian couple named Elaine and Linda. They were nice women raising decent children who all turned out heterosexual. I attended Bible school with the children. I learned respect for the women from my parents.
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March 25, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
Knowing that a family member is gay strongly influences support for gay rights, the head of the National Center for Lesbian Rights said Monday. "The single greatest factor in predicting acceptance of LGBT people is knowing someone you love is part of our community," said Kate Kendell, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights. She said she based that conclusion on extensive social science research and her 20 years of working in the gay and lesbian community.
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August 28, 2008 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
Del Martin, a pioneer lesbian rights activist who, with her partner of more than 50 years, Phyllis Lyon, became the first same-sex couple to legally marry in San Francisco in June, died Wednesday. She was 87. Martin died in the hospice unit of UC San Francisco Medical Center, two weeks after a broken arm worsened her existing health problems, said Kate Kendell, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights in San Francisco. "We would not have marriage equality in California if it weren't for Del and Phyllis," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement Wednesday.
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March 24, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO--Jean Podrasky, 48, a lesbian who wants to marry her partner, will be at Tuesday's U.S. Supreme Court hearing on Proposition 8 in seating reserved for family members and guests of Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. “I am so excited,” said Podrasky, an accountant and the first cousin of the chief justice on his mother's side. “I feel quite honored and overwhelmed.” Roberts is a conservative appointed by President George W. Bush in 2005. Podrasky, who is more liberal, said she rooted for his nomination to be approved by the U.S. Senate.
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February 4, 2008 | Elaine Woo, Times Staff Writer
Myra Riddell, a psychotherapist, former president of the Los Angeles County Commission for Women and pioneering activist for lesbian and gay rights, died Jan. 11 at her Studio City home. She was 81. Riddell had Alzheimer's disease, according to a longtime friend, Susan M. Wolford.
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August 9, 2009 | Maura Dolan
A high-profile federal lawsuit against Proposition 8 has exposed new strains and divisions within the same-sex marriage movement, as civil rights lawyers who initially condemned the suit now want onboard -- and are being rebuffed. The lawsuit against the anti-gay-marriage initiative, launched by Los Angeles political consultant Chad H. Griffin and backed by entertainment industry activists, drew scorn and anger from gay rights lawyers when it was filed in May. The major gay rights groups called the challenge to California's same-sex marriage ban risky and rash, and warned that an adverse ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court could set the movement back decades.
NEWS
June 16, 1986
A suit by Christopher Street West Assn., a gay and lesbian rights organization, charging that three national news magazines conspired for nine years to refuse all advertising from homosexuals or their associations has been dismissed by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Norman Dowds. In his ruling last week, Dowds agreed with the defendants--including Time, Newsweek, and U.S News and World Report--that they had a First Amendment right to refuse or accept any advertisement.
NEWS
May 23, 1992
Responding to objections from gay and lesbian rights groups, administrators at Orange County High School of the Arts reversed a decision and Friday allowed a student to exhibit her painting of two nude women embracing. The semiabstract painting, by student Letitia Houston, was displayed at a senior class art show held at Rancho Santiago College, where gay and lesbian rights activists and others gathered at the college gallery to voice opposition to what they called censorship and discrimination.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 1994
I read with interest your article (June 22) on the Virginia appellate court decision in the case of Sharon Bottoms, whose 2-year-old son was taken from her by a lower court because she is a lesbian. However, I was struck by your reporter's description of a group that supported removal of the child as "a group that espouses family values." While it was certainly appropriate to report on their unhappiness with the appellate decision restoring custody to the mother, it is a gross distortion to describe them as espousing family values when they support breaking up the family if the mother is a lesbian.
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March 25, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
Knowing that a family member is gay strongly influences support for gay rights, the head of the National Center for Lesbian Rights said Monday. "The single greatest factor in predicting acceptance of LGBT people is knowing someone you love is part of our community," said Kate Kendell, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights. She said she based that conclusion on extensive social science research and her 20 years of working in the gay and lesbian community.
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July 2, 2011 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Jean Harris, a feisty advocate for gay and lesbian rights and longtime Democratic Party activist who helped elect openly gay candidates in California, has died. She was 66. Harris, who had a number of serious health problems, was found June 25 in her Palm Springs home by her partner, Denise Penn. An autopsy to determine the cause of death is underway. An Orange County native, Harris played a key role in mobilizing support for the so-called lavender sweep of 1990, when San Francisco voters elected two lesbian supervisors and a gay school board member.
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June 21, 2010 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker was supposed to be a bit player in Perry vs. Schwarzenegger, a federal constitutional challenge of the Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage. Lawyers on both sides of the case viewed his federal courtroom in San Francisco as little more than a launching pad where they would argue fine points of constitutional law before the case moved to the appeals bench and eventually to the Supreme Court. But the iconoclastic U.S. District Court judge had something else in mind: a full-blown nonjury trial to test assumptions about whether gays were inferior parents, whether same-sex marriage hurt straight marriage and whether sexual orientation was changeable.
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August 9, 2009 | Maura Dolan
A high-profile federal lawsuit against Proposition 8 has exposed new strains and divisions within the same-sex marriage movement, as civil rights lawyers who initially condemned the suit now want onboard -- and are being rebuffed. The lawsuit against the anti-gay-marriage initiative, launched by Los Angeles political consultant Chad H. Griffin and backed by entertainment industry activists, drew scorn and anger from gay rights lawyers when it was filed in May. The major gay rights groups called the challenge to California's same-sex marriage ban risky and rash, and warned that an adverse ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court could set the movement back decades.
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March 6, 2009 | Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The California Supreme Court strongly indicated Thursday it would rule that Proposition 8 validly abolished the right for gays to marry but would allow same-sex couples who wed before the November election to remain legally married. The long-awaited hearing, which came as dueling demonstrators chanted and carried banners outside, was a disappointment for gay rights lawyers. They had hoped the same court majority that overturned the state's previous marriage ban would conclude that Proposition 8 was an impermissible constitutional revision.
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January 6, 2009 | Jessica Garrison
Gay-marriage opponents filed legal briefs Monday accusing California Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown of having "invented an entirely new theory," one that "fails at every level," in his quest to find a reason to invalidate Proposition 8, which passed with 52% of the vote in November. "The people have the final word on what the California Constitution says," lawyers for the Protect Marriage Coalition wrote.
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August 28, 2008 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
Del Martin, a pioneer lesbian rights activist who, with her partner of more than 50 years, Phyllis Lyon, became the first same-sex couple to legally marry in San Francisco in June, died Wednesday. She was 87. Martin died in the hospice unit of UC San Francisco Medical Center, two weeks after a broken arm worsened her existing health problems, said Kate Kendell, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights in San Francisco. "We would not have marriage equality in California if it weren't for Del and Phyllis," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement Wednesday.
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May 12, 2004 | From Associated Press
A woman whose eggs were implanted in her lesbian lover for the birth of twins has no parental rights, even though she is the biological mother, a state appeal court said Tuesday. The case, which is to be appealed to the California Supreme Court, adds another legal twist to parental custody disputes, usually between a man and a woman. The case underscores that the issue of parental rights for gay or lesbian couples is unmapped territory.
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May 23, 1992 | ZAN DUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Responding to objections from gay and lesbian rights groups, administrators at Orange County High School of the Arts reversed a decision and Friday allowed a student to exhibit her painting of two nude women embracing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2008 | Elaine Woo, Times Staff Writer
Myra Riddell, a psychotherapist, former president of the Los Angeles County Commission for Women and pioneering activist for lesbian and gay rights, died Jan. 11 at her Studio City home. She was 81. Riddell had Alzheimer's disease, according to a longtime friend, Susan M. Wolford.
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August 29, 2007 | Elaine Woo, Times Staff Writer
Yolanda Retter, an activist, archivist and scholar who devoted the last four decades to raising the visibility of lesbians and minorities and preserving their history, died Aug. 18 at her home in Van Nuys after a brief illness. She was 59.
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