Tag Archives: California

OAKLAND: City Leaders To Discipline Cops For Abuses Of Occupy Protesters

Oakland’s city leaders have announced punishments for police that abused and violated the civil rights of Occupy Wall Street protesters last fall. Two police officers should be fired and another 42 officers disciplined or reprimanded for misconduct during the Occupy Oakland protests that turned violent late last year and in January, city leaders said Friday. The early findings come from ...

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Another Lawsuit To Stop “Ex-Gay” Ban

“Of all the freedom-killing bills we have seen in our legislature the last several years, this is among the worst. This outrageous bill makes no exceptions for young victims of sexual abuse who are plagued with unwanted same-sex attraction, nor does it respect the consciences of mental health professionals who work in a church. We are filing suit to defend ...

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SAN FRANCISCO: GetEQUAL To Protest Installation Of New Archbishop

GetEQUAL will be staging a protest outside the installation of new San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone this Thursday. From their Facebook event page: Cordileone played a central role in founding and executing the Protect Marriage campaign, and under his influence, Catholic organizations in California played a leading role in financing the Prop 8 campaign. His partners included the National Organization ...

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Tweet Of The Day – Gov. Jerry Brown

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Ryan Idol Sentenced To 12 Years

Former gay porn star Ryan Idol has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for attempting to kill his girlfriend. Idol, whose real name is Marc Donais, was convicted last September but his sentencing was delayed while he appealed in vain for a retrial. According to the victim’s testimony at trial, Donais entered the woman’s apartment the night of Sept. ...

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CALIFORNIA: UC Davis To Pay $1M To Students Pepper-Sprayed By Cop

Last week I reported that the above police officer had gotten off with no criminal charges. But at least today we learn the amount of the settlement to be paid to students by UC Davis. The details of the settlement, approved in secret earlier this month by the regents, are contained in documents filed in federal court in Sacramento this ...

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Brian Brown: SCOTUS Will Hear Prop 8

“I’m confident — I’m very confident — that they [SCOTUS] will take the [Prop 8] case. I don’t think the court is going to find some hidden right to same-sex marriage deeply embedded in our Constitution. So, I think we’re going to win. The DOMA cases too, I think we’ll win. This needs to be resolved at the federal level.” ...

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Berkeley Recognizes Bisexual Pride Day

Yesterday the city council of Berkeley designated September 23rd as Bisexual Pride Day, becoming the first city to make such a proclamation. Councilman Kriss Worthington introduced the resolution, telling his colleagues ahead of Tuesday night’s meeting that it was important for the city to support an occasion “conceived as a response to the prejudice and marginalization of the bisexual persons ...

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CALIFORNIA: Feds Question Anti-Islamic Filmmaker Over Parole Violations

Shortly after midnight yesterday federal authorities questioned anti-Islamic filmmaker Nakoula Basseley Nakoula over parole violations he allegedly committed to promote his movie. Nakoula had been imprisoned for bank fraud and his parole stipulates that he may not use computers or the internet. Such stipulations are commonplace for those committed of financial crimes. Nakoula, 55, was interviewed by federal probation officers ...

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Lambda Legal Recaps Prop 8

Lambda Legal president Jon Davidson has issued an explanation of what might happen when the Supreme Court decides whether or not to rule on Proposition 8. The Perry case is set for consideration at the justices’ conference on September 24, and the Court could announce as early as September 25 whether it is hearing the case. However, it is possible ...

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Linda Harvey On CA’s “Ex-Gay” Bill

“Similar bills may soon be introduced in New Jersey and a few other states. It’s the latest strategy of those who oppose biblical morality to portray high sexual standards as being mean and hateful. Good luck with that because most of America is starting to see how false and harmful the gay agenda is and it’s our youth who are ...

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Christian Group Demands Supreme Court Hear Appeal Of Proposition 8 Overturn

Two weeks ago the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) filed a brief asking that the Supreme Court decline to hear the appeal of the overturn of Proposition 8. Today a Christian group with a laughable name filed a brief in opposition to AFER’s request. Via press release: The American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) has filed a brief urging the ...

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LOS ANGELES: HIV Service Group Evicted For “Bringing Disease” Into Building

A Los Angeles organization that provides services to the HIV+ Hispanic community says they were evicted after only two days in their new office after the landlord allegedly told them they were “bringing disease” into the building. The Advocate reports: Bienestar is a non-profit social services organization offering testing, support and information to the Southern California Latino LGBT, HIV-positive, and ...

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California’s Lottery Cam Is Watching You

Your dream of changing your name and vanishing into the ether with your winnings won’t happen in California, where lottery officials have published surveillance video of a big winner checking his ticket. “We see this as an integrity and transparency issue,” said Russ Lopez, California Lottery Deputy Director of Corporate Communications, in a statement. “The California Lottery truly believes that ...

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“Ex-Gay” Ban Heads To Gov. Jerry Brown

California’s bill to ban “ex-gay” therapy for minors has cleared its final hurdle before heading to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown. The state Senate on Thursday sent the governor a bill that would prohibit so-called sexual-conversion therapy for minors, aimed at changing their orientation from gay to straight. Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) proposed the measure based on concern by ...

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Tell CA Gov. Jerry Brown To Sign The Bill To Ban “Ex-Gay” Abuses Of LGBT Children

Sign the petition right now. Brown may get the bill very soon.

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No Charges For Chikin Graffiti Artist

Manny Castro, who was arrested earlier this month for spray-painting the wall of a California Chick-Fil-A franchise, will not face charges. A West Hollywood artist who allegedly painted the words “Tastes like hate” on the side of a Chick-fil-A restaurant because of the company president’s stand against gay marraige won’t be criminally charged by the L.A. County district attorney’s office. ...

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CALIFORNIA: “Ex-Gay” Therapy Ban For Minors Passes In State Assembly

California’s bill to outlaw “ex-gay” therapy for minors was approved by the state Assembly yesterday. The bill has already passed in the state Senate. The 51-21 vote in the Democratic-controlled Assembly marked a major victory for gay rights advocates who say the so-called conversion therapy has no medical basis because homosexuality is not a disorder. Opponents of the practice say ...

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Judge Orders Prop 8 Case Closed

Interesting turn of events reported by Chris Geidner: The trial court judge in California who has taken over hearing the federal court case challenging Proposition 8, the state’s amendment limiting marriages to one man and one woman, ordered the case closed today — which would allow same-sex couples to marry in California. The order comes despite the fact that proponents ...

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CALIFORNIA: San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore “Father Of Prop 8” Cordileone Busted For Drunk Driving

The brand new Archbishop of San Francisco, Salvatore Cordileone, has been arrested for drunk driving. Cordileone is widely considered the “father of Proposition 8.” Police in San Diego say Bishop Salvatore Cordileone was arrested over the weekend for driving under the influence. Police say it happened in San Diego’s College District just before 12:30 Saturday morning. Bishop Cordileone is currently ...

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