Los Angeles chief of police William J. Bratton supports gay marriage and has made a personal donation to the fight against Proposition 8.
LAPD Police Chief William J. Bratton has come out — in favor of gay marriage.
As a wedding gift to friend and celebrity publicist Howard Bragman and his longtime partner, Chuck O’Donnell, Bratton made it official: He and his wife, former Court TV diva Rikki Kleiman, strongly believe that gays have a right to marry. And in honor of Bragman and O’Donnell, who wed this past week in Norwalk, the chief and Kleiman have made a donation to Equality California, a group seeking to stop a state ballot measure this November that would ban same-sex marriages.
“The Constitution guarantees life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” Bratton said this week. “I see no reason why gays can’t pursue happiness through marriage.” After learning of the Bragman-O’Donnell union a few days ago, Bratton and Kleiman asked the couple what they would like as a wedding present. Bragman was direct: No gifts — instead, make a donation to Equality California to help stop Prop. 8. And please make it public.
Other friends of Bragman and O’Donnell — who was USC’s Tommy Trojan for 10 years — have done the same. They include tennis star Martina Navratilova and former “Grey’s Anatomy” actor Isaiah Washington. (He’s been trying to make amends with the gay community since he was caught uttering an antigay slur backstage at the Golden Globes in January 2007; Bragman is his PR rep.) The veteran celebrity spin master is hopeful that others will make donations to Equality California’s efforts to stop Prop. 8 this fall.
Interesting bit about Isaiah Washington.