Monday marked a historic milestone as Assemblymember John A. Pérez becomes California’s first openly gay Speaker of the Assembly. Today's California Ripple Effect includes statements from movement leaders Geoff Kors of Equality California, Jarrett Barrios from GLAAD, Rea Carey from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and fellow out Assemblymember Tom Ammiano.
by Posted by Paul DeMiglio, SLDN Senior Communications Manager
As a former combat arms commander, I've had to face the DADT issue not just because I am gay - an imutable characteristic that is no more a choice for me than someone could choose their race - but because I've had 4 gay men in my command who I have known to be gay.
Congressmen Jerry Nadler (D-NY-8) and Mike Honda (D-CA-15) spoke along with a member of a binational gay couple at a Q Street luncheon on LGBT immigration today in Washington, DC. The event was moderated by Julie Kruse of Immigration Equality.
It’s unfortunate that states like Maryland, New York and California do not currently allow same-sex couples to actually get married within their borders, but it’s a good sign that they uphold their obligations to recognize marriages performed elsewhere.
The highest-ranking leaders of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines appeared before Congress this week and testified in support of the strategy to repeal the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law.