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July 3, 2013
Re "Making history," Letters, June 29 In a letter against same-sex marriage, one reader refers to sexual "preference" over "orientation," the latter of which much more accurately depicts the basic difference between gays and non-gays. We do not wake up one day and decide to be gay; we truly are born that way, to use a cliche. Indeed, if I had a sexual "preference," I would not have stayed home from my high school prom and been forced to endure bullying. "Sexual preference" is so 1977.
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OPINION
July 3, 2013
Re "Making history," Letters, June 29 In a letter against same-sex marriage, one reader refers to sexual "preference" over "orientation," the latter of which much more accurately depicts the basic difference between gays and non-gays. We do not wake up one day and decide to be gay; we truly are born that way, to use a cliche. Indeed, if I had a sexual "preference," I would not have stayed home from my high school prom and been forced to endure bullying. "Sexual preference" is so 1977.
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BUSINESS
November 7, 1991 | CHRIS WOODYARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Walt Disney Co. has drafted a new policy saying it will not discriminate on the basis of sexual preference as a part of a new three-year contract with about 1,200 food service workers at Disneyland that was ratified Wednesday night, union officials said.
OPINION
May 8, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
"If Mitt Romney can be pushed around, intimidated, coerced, co-opted by a conservative radio talk show host in Middle America, then how is he going to stand up to the Chinese? How is he going to stand up to Putin?" So asked Bryan Fischer, a radio host with the American Family Assn., after claiming credit for Richard Grenell's scalp. Grenell is the openly gay former foreign policy spokesman for the Romney campaign. Before that, he worked for Ambassador John R. Bolton at the United Nations, easily the most revered diplomatic official among the base of the Republican Party since Jeane Kirkpatrick.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 1990 | MICHAEL D. BRADBURY, Michael D. Bradbury is district attorney for the County of Ventura
Most of the ballot arguments against Proposition 115 are based on the false premise that the measure will eliminate the state constitutional right to privacy. Article 1, Section 1 of the California Constitution guarantees that right and is entirely unchanged by Proposition 115. What the initiative would do is limit a criminal defendant's procedural rights regarding search and seizure, speedy trial, privacy, and other matters to those provided under the federal Constitution.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 1991 | FREDERICK M. MUIR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A surprise awaited County Assessor Kenneth P. Hahn as he took his place Sunday with other politicians participating in West Hollywood's annual Gay and Lesbian Pride Parade: As the dignitaries were introduced to the crowd, Hahn was "kind of flabbergasted" to hear himself described as "senior-most elected openly gay official in Los Angeles."
NEWS
January 26, 2001 | ERIC LICHTBLAU and ALISSA J. RUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Attorney general nominee John Ashcroft's attitude toward gays emerged as a new and potentially damaging point of attack for his opponents Thursday, as a Georgetown University professor charged that Ashcroft had opened a 1985 job interview by asking him whether he had "the same sexual preference as most men." Paul Offner, a research professor of public policy, said it was the first of only two questions that then-Gov. Ashcroft asked him during a brief interview for a top health post in Missouri.
NEWS
March 17, 1986
A former Air Force lieutenant has asked a federal appeals court in San Francisco to overturn her military discharge for homosexuality, contending that her statement of her sexual preference was protected by free-speech provisions of the Constitution. The case involves Julise Johnson, 31, who was discharged a year after writing a June, 1983, letter to her commanding officer stating said she was a lesbian and that was her "political and sexual preference."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 1992
I read Paul Harris's (Nov. 22) letter in the Los Angeles Times. It was obvious he is either confused about discrimination within the Boy Scouts or chooses not to accept the current laws of the land. I support United Way because it efficiently meets many of the social service needs in our community. I support the Boy Scouts because it provides constructive activities and helps keep our children off the street. I am not gay, but I do respect an individual's right to choose their sexual preference.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 1998
Young male sheep raised from birth by female goats develop a social and sexual preference for goats when they mature, British scientists report in today's Nature. Similar cross-species preferences were found in male goats raised by female sheep. "We show that the emotional bond between a mother and her male offspring, rather than other social and genetic factors, may irreversibly determine these species' social and sexual preferences," said Keith M.
OPINION
March 23, 2012 | By Michael Kinsley
A friend of mine had his name in the paper the other day. It was in an article speculating about who might inherit a prestigious post in the literary world when the current grandee retires. The article said that my friend would have led the list 10 years ago. Ouch! The obvious though unstated implication is that now he's too old. He just turned 60. He says he already has his dream job and didn't mind the idea that, because he is 60, some career opportunities have moved beyond his reach.
NEWS
January 26, 2001 | ERIC LICHTBLAU and ALISSA J. RUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Attorney general nominee John Ashcroft's attitude toward gays emerged as a new and potentially damaging point of attack for his opponents Thursday, as a Georgetown University professor charged that Ashcroft had opened a 1985 job interview by asking him whether he had "the same sexual preference as most men." Paul Offner, a research professor of public policy, said it was the first of only two questions that then-Gov. Ashcroft asked him during a brief interview for a top health post in Missouri.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 2000
Re "Methodists Uphold Opposition to Gays," May 12: What a shame that so many in the Methodist Church remain unwilling to acknowledge the full human dignity of gays and lesbians and continue to deny them the right to become ministers. I am proud to be a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church, a community of faith that openly welcomes full participation of gays and lesbians in our life of worship. At a recent church retreat, I had the privilege of meeting one of the most inspiring, articulate, creative and caring ministers I have ever known, a man whose life example has helped me increase my own commitment to our faith tradition and to changing the world for the better.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 1998
Young male sheep raised from birth by female goats develop a social and sexual preference for goats when they mature, British scientists report in today's Nature. Similar cross-species preferences were found in male goats raised by female sheep. "We show that the emotional bond between a mother and her male offspring, rather than other social and genetic factors, may irreversibly determine these species' social and sexual preferences," said Keith M.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 1993
I was in the Army in 1978 through 1983. My basic training was completed at Ft. Jackson, S.C. Both of my female drill instructors were gay women. Their sexual preference had nothing to do with their efficiency and care of the troops. These women were forced to hide their sexuality and "make up" boyfriends so that they were not harassed by the male "drills." They were exceptional instructors, in excellent physical condition. It is time to end this ignorant attitude against gays in the military.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 1992
I read Paul Harris's (Nov. 22) letter in the Los Angeles Times. It was obvious he is either confused about discrimination within the Boy Scouts or chooses not to accept the current laws of the land. I support United Way because it efficiently meets many of the social service needs in our community. I support the Boy Scouts because it provides constructive activities and helps keep our children off the street. I am not gay, but I do respect an individual's right to choose their sexual preference.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 1993
I was in the Army in 1978 through 1983. My basic training was completed at Ft. Jackson, S.C. Both of my female drill instructors were gay women. Their sexual preference had nothing to do with their efficiency and care of the troops. These women were forced to hide their sexuality and "make up" boyfriends so that they were not harassed by the male "drills." They were exceptional instructors, in excellent physical condition. It is time to end this ignorant attitude against gays in the military.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 2000
Re "Methodists Uphold Opposition to Gays," May 12: What a shame that so many in the Methodist Church remain unwilling to acknowledge the full human dignity of gays and lesbians and continue to deny them the right to become ministers. I am proud to be a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church, a community of faith that openly welcomes full participation of gays and lesbians in our life of worship. At a recent church retreat, I had the privilege of meeting one of the most inspiring, articulate, creative and caring ministers I have ever known, a man whose life example has helped me increase my own commitment to our faith tradition and to changing the world for the better.
NEWS
September 25, 1992 | From Associated Press
The Kentucky Supreme Court struck down the state's anti-sodomy law Thursday, ruling that it violates the constitutional rights of homosexuals. "We need not sympathize, agree with or even understand the sexual preference of homosexuals in order to recognize their right to equal treatment before the bar of criminal justice," said the 4-3 opinion. The court's dissenters said the ruling will promote homosexuality. The law barred "deviate sexual intercourse with another person of the same sex."
BUSINESS
November 7, 1991 | CHRIS WOODYARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Walt Disney Co. has drafted a new policy saying it will not discriminate on the basis of sexual preference as a part of a new three-year contract with about 1,200 food service workers at Disneyland that was ratified Wednesday night, union officials said.
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