Posts Tagged ‘Gavin Newsom’

L.A. Gay Pride Celebration

Monday, June 15th, 2009

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L.A. gay pride parade darkened by U.S. stance on marriage

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As they celebrate the 40th anniversary of the beginning of the gay rights movement, gays feel let down by Obama. Mayors Villaraigosa and Newsom take their side against Defense of Marriage Act.

 

By Michael Finnegan
Los Angeles Times
June 15, 2009

 

The mayors of Los Angeles and San Francisco joined gay rights groups Sunday in raising concerns about the Obama administration’s defense of a federal law restricting same-sex marriage.

 

“I think it’s a big mistake,” San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom said shortly before he and his Los Angeles counterpart, Antonio Villaraigosa, kicked off the annual L.A. Pride parade in West Hollywood.

 

The mayors, potential rivals in next year’s Democratic primary for governor, were each careful to avoid direct criticism of President Obama.

 

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Stars Angry Over Marriage Ban…

Friday, November 7th, 2008

Stars join the furor over gay marriage ban

 

 

Melissa Etheridge says she won’t pay taxes because, ‘I am not a full citizen’

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The Associated Press
Nov. 7, 2008
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LOS ANGELES – Thousands of protesters are angry about California’s ban on gay marriage — and so are the stars.

 

Many celebrities grieved the passing of Proposition 8 in California this week. Some — such as Wanda Sykes, Rose McGowan and Lance Bass — attended a Wednesday protest criticizing the state’s gay marriage ban. Others — like Ellen DeGeneres, Rosie O’Donnell, Samantha Ronson and Melissa Etheridge — vented their frustrations online, on TV, and onstage.

 

Blocks away from the Thursday rally of more than 2,000 gay-rights advocates outside the gates of a Mormon temple, several stars — including James Cromwell, Patricia Clarkson, Anjelica Huston and Sean Penn — said they supported the protesters while walking the red carpet at the BAFTA L.A. Brittania Awards at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel.

 

“I think it might be an idea to go out and join them shortly,” Penn said. “It was a shameful decision that was made.”   (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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