Sacramento LGBT Community Prepares For Federal Prop 8 RulingJudge Vaughn Walker

by Ken Pierce

Following a five-month hiatus, intriguing closing argument to the Federal lawsuit against California’s Proposition 8 were heard in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco on June 16, and a decision in the case is expected shortly.

The leadership of Sacramento’s Equality Action Now, a local, grassroots civil rights organization and the Sacramento Gay and Lesbian Center are planning to respond to whatever ruling Judge Vaughn Walker decides in the case with a rally at the Sacramento G&L Center, 1927 L St.

Read more: Sacramento LGBT Community Prepares For Federal Prop 8 Ruling


Remarks By The President At LGBT Pride Month ReceptionPresident Obama

White House, East Room, June 22, 2010

THE PRESIDENT: Hello, hello, hello! (Applause.) Hello, everybody! (Applause.) I was going to say welcome to the White House -- but you guys seem like you feel right at home. (Laughter.) You don't need me to tell you -- it’s the people’s house.

A couple of acknowledgments that I want to make very quickly -- first of all, our Director of the Office of Personnel Management, who has just done an extraordinary job across the government -- give John Berry a big round of applause. (Applause.)

Read more: Pride Month Reception


LGBT Caucus Honors 40 Years of PrideLGBT Caucus

by Ken Pierce

The California Legislature proclaimed June 2010 as LGBT Pride Month and celebrated the LGBT Community’s past accomplishments and contributions at a ceremony hosted by the Legislature's LGBT Caucus on Monday, June 14.

The Assembly used the occasion to honor eight LGBT individuals and the Prides of Los Angeles and San Francisco on the occasion of their 40th anniversaries. The honorees were selected from across the state for their lifetime contributions and accomplishments in creating a better future for California and the United States.

Read more: LGBT Caucus Honors 40 Years of Pride


Stonewall Dems Endorse Pan in Contest Against PugnoDr. Richard Pan

By Dan Aiello

With 43 percent of the vote, self-described Proposition 8 author, Andrew Pugno, has won the Republican primary and will face off against Democrat Dr. Richard Pan for California's 5th Assembly District in what both sides anticipate will be a tough race for the open seat of this once solidly Republican district east of Sacramento.

Pugno won the race after raising more than $350,000 dollars using the's Yes on Prop 8 contributors list shortly after the anti-marriage equality initiative passed.

Read more: Stonewall Dems Endorse Pan


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


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