Call to End DOMA Advances to California Senate FloorAssemblymember Julia Brownley

By Dan Aiello

AJR 19 (Brownley, Feuer), a non-binding resolution calling on the U.S. Congress and President Barack Obama to repeal the nation's Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), advanced to California's Senate floor, after it was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 3-2 vote on Wednesday June 16.

The resolution by Assemblywoman Julia Brownley, (D-Santa Monica) and Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles), calls on the U.S. Congress and President to repeal DOMA because it "discriminates against married same-sex couples."

Read more: Call to End DOMA Advances to California Senate Floor

 

Stay A-Tweet of Prop 8 Closing Arguments with MEUSA

On Wednesday, June 16, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., the morning of the closing arguments in the historic United States District Court proceedings challenging Proposition 8, Marriage Equality USA (MEUSA), clergy and couples will come together to support the Federal Constitution's Promise of Equal Protection for All.

To get tweets and updates from the hearing, follow MEUSA at https://twitter.com/MEUSA and get more information at marriageequality.org

Read more: Stay A-Tweet of Prop 8

 

Mormons Fined by FPPC for 13 Counts of Prop 8 Malfeasance

By Dan Aiello

On Wednesday, June 9,  the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints became the first religious organization to be fined for political malfeasance, according to Californians Against Hate (CAH), the non-profit organization that filed the complaint after voters narrowly approved the anti-marriage equality initiative, proposition 8, November, 2008.

Leaders of the Mormon Church "failed to timely report making late non-monetary contributions" to the Yes on Prop 8 campaign, an amount totaling $36,928, according to the June 10, 2010 finding by California's Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), announced at the commission's meeting Wednesday in Sacramento. The commission's enforcement included levying a 15% punitive fine against the LDS organization, totaling $5,539 dollars.

Read more: Mormons Fined by FPPC

 

HUD Adds Important Civil Rights Protections to Its Grant Programs
Donovan

For the first time in its history, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will require grant applicants seeking HUD funding to comply with state and local anti-discrimination laws that protect LGBT individuals.

On June 7, HUD published a notice detailing the general requirements that will apply to all of the Department's competitively awarded grant programs for Fiscal Year 2010.

Read more: HUD Adds Civil Rights Protections

 

Our Sacramento Pride (Official Pride Guide) Issue is on Newsstands Now!pride cover

Can you believe there are only nine more days until Sacramento Pride? While the Pride committee is working overtime to ensure an outstanding event, we have been busy here at Outword putting together our biggest issue of the year!

Hitting the newsstands, and our web site, today is a 64 page extravaganza filled with more Pride than you can shake a gay flag at! It also contains the Official Sac Pride Guide - six pages of Who, What, Where, When and much, much More. It all starts on page 21, but also be sure to check out page 58 to see what’s happening around town before and after Pride.

Read more: Our Sacramento Pride Issue is out now!

 

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