Kevin And Don Respond To Being Self Loathing

Looking back at their journey from the Stonewall Democratic Club to Log Cabin Republicans, they claim it was one that was actually started by the democrats. After being told that marriage as not a priority on the agenda in 1995, they became disillusioned with the DEMS. For a decade they felt like they did not belong until they met the republicans of the Log Cabin Republican Club and discovered they too shared a dream of marriage equality. This blog is now a digital time capsule of their time as Republicans and moderated by a friend and supporter.

Friday, October 26, 2007

EQCA Palm Springs Equality Awards


October 26, 2007
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Family, community and leadership were the focus of Equality California's 2007 Palm Springs Equality Awards last Saturday. More than 600 celebrities, officials, community leaders and distinguished guests attended the elegant event, one of EQCA's largest of the year.

EQCA honored Palm Springs philanthropists, the Greenburg-Peet Family on October 20.
Taking center stage were EQCA's two Palm Springs Awards honorees, Tony Award-winning singer and actress Patti LuPone and the Greenburg-Peet Family, well-known Palm Springs philanthropists.
LuPone, a vocal ally and supporter of the LGBT community, received EQCA's 2007 Equality Advocate Award. The recording star gave a stunning 45-minute performance that highlighted some of her best moments on Broadway, in Hollywood and on television.
EQCA honored the Greenburg-Peet Family for their dedication to the local community and their efforts to promote equality and fight for the needs and rights of all people. The family has helped raise millions of dollars for many different charities and causes. The award was accepted on behalf of the family by Earl Greenburg and David Peet.
The 2007 Palm Springs Equality Awards featured a silent auction and entertainment by the Tad Sisler Combo. The evening was emceed by LOGO actorDoug Spearman and co-chaired by Patrick Mundtand Kimberly Nichols. Elected officials attending the event included Assemblymember Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys, Palm Springs Mayor Ron Oden, Palm Springs City Council Members Ginny Foat and Steve Pougnet and Cathedral City Council Member Greg Pettis.
Lead sponsors for this year's event included AT&T, Gary D. Soto, Hutchison Development, David Lee & Mark Nichols, US Dry Cleaning & Robbie Lee, Wells Fargo, Integrated Wealth Management, Shadowrock, The Trails, Wessman Development Co., Jim Abbott and Michael Molina, Geoff Kors and James Williamson, Clear Channel Outdoor, O'Brien Estate, Olivia Cruises and Resorts, The BottomLine, Stolichnaya Russian Vodka, Mark Adams, Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Dave Baron, California Teachers Association, Art Copleston, Exposure Gallery & Rich Young, Hon. Ginny Foat & Pamela Genevrino, Earl Greenburg & David Peet, Lipstick, Inc., Harold Matzner, Patrick Mundt, David Nixon & Trevor Capone, Jaime Rook & Brian Buchan, Southern California Edison, and Scott Tweten & Dennis Stovall.
If you missed the 2007 Palm Springs Equality Awards, join EQCA on November 28 for the San Diego Equality Awards Reception. The evening event will honor Sen. Denise Ducheny, D-San Diego, and will feature remarks by Sen. Christine Kehoe, D-San Diego. For more information, contact Erica Liscano aterica@eqca.org or 323.661.2071 x203.


Palm SpringsEquality Awards
More than 600 guests attended the 2007 Palm Springs Equality Awards  on October 20, paying tribute tofamily, community and leadership.

San DiegoEquality Awards
Reception
Wednesday, November 28
6 p.m.
Honoring:Sen. Denise DuchenyRemarks by:
Sen. Christine Kehoe
More information:Erica Liscanoerica@eqca.org
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Saturday, October 13, 2007

The Veto Messages of AB 849 (2005) and AB 43 (2007)

BILL NUMBER: AB 849
VETOED DATE: 09/29/2005

To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 849 without my signature because I do
not believe the Legislature can reverse an initiative approved by the
people of California.

I am proud California is a leader in recognizing and respecting
domestic partnerships and the equal rights of domestic partners. I
believe that lesbian and gay couples are entitled to full protection
under the law and should not be discriminated against based upon
their relationships. I support current domestic partnership rights
and will continue to vigorously defend and enforce these rights and
as such will not support any rollback.

California Family Code Section 308.5 was enacted by an initiative
statute passed by the voters as Proposition 22 in 2000. Article II,
section 10 of the California Constitution prohibits the Legislature
from amending this initiative statute without a vote of the people.
This bill does not provide for such a vote.

The ultimate issue regarding the constitutionality of section 308.5
and its prohibition against same-sex marriage is currently before the
Court of Appeal in San Francisco and will likely be decided by the
Supreme Court.

This bill simply adds confusion to a constitutional issue. If the
ban of same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, this bill is not
necessary. If the ban is constitutional, this bill is ineffective.

Sincerely,



Arnold Schwarzenegger

BILL NUMBER: AB 43
VETOED DATE: 10/12/2007

I am returning Assembly Bill 43 without my signature.
As I stated in vetoing similar legislation in 2005, I am proud
California is a leader in recognizing and respecting domestic
partnerships. I believe that all Californians are entitled to full
protection under the law and should not be discriminated against
based upon their sexual orientation. I support current domestic
partnership rights and will continue to vigorously defend and
enforce these rights.
In 2000, the voters approved Proposition 22, a challenge to which
is currently pending before the California Supreme Court. I
maintain my position that the appropriate resolution to this issue is
to allow the Court to rule on Proposition 22. The people of
California should then determine what, if any, statutory changes
are needed in response to the Court’s ruling.
Sincerely,
Arnold Schwarzenegger

Friday, October 12, 2007

Thank You All But I Will Not Be Getting Married Today!

To the Member of the California State Assembly

I am returning Assembly Bill 43 without my signature.

As I stated in vetoing similar legislation in 2005, I am proud California is a leader in recognizing and respecting domestic partnerships. I believe that all Californians are entitled to full protection under the law and should not be discriminated against based upon sexual orientation. I support current domestic partnership rights and will continue to vigorously defend and enforce these rights.

In 2000, voters approved Proposition 22, a challenge to which is currently pending before the California Supreme Court. I maintain my position that the appropriate resolution is to allow the Court to rule on Proposition 22. The people of California should then determine what, if any, statutory changes are needed in response to the Court’s ruling.

Sincerely,

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Well, as a research attorney and not as a gay man, I legally understand the Governor’s position. Emotionally, I am, . . well. . ., emotions should not rule law. D&%$ It! I logically understand it. The Supreme Court of California had even asked for further briefing on the specific issue of Proposition 22. The Court ultimately interprets the law and not the legislative nor executive branches.

And with that in mind, I will respectfully wait for the Supreme Court of California, my home, to rule whether I can legally marry my high school sweetheart. And when it does, I carry the hope within me that I will be getting married because as a research attorney in the largest Court system in the world, I know what the problems are with Proposition 22. Simply put, it was passed with emotions running high but the wording, in my own opinion, fails, and it also violates the rights and gays and lesbians the right to petition the legislature to secure the right to marry. I believe that right to petition will be restored to us someday and when it is, well, you will read about it.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Supporting Our Veterans: Sale of Los Angeles Veterans' Property May Not Occur

The following is a very biased article by the SF Chronicle. If one reads the actual deed, it states that the specif property was given to the US government for disabled veterans.
I was given the deed from a person who wishes to remain anonymous. The deed has express restrictions in it. I gave the deed to my partner, Don. Don PDFed the deed.
After that Don took a copy to the governor because he is on the Governor's Committee for Labor of Persons With Disabilities. Don and I believe the property would be perfect for helping the disabled veterans that are returning from the wars.
I forwarded the deed to Senator Fienstein's office along with Representative Henry Waxman's Office and LA City Council member Paul Koretz's office.
While I was at it I sent a copy to the Bush White House.
Don and I let everyone involved know that if the land is disposed of in violation of the deed, we would hunt down the original heirs. You see, the government can't sell the property. If they try to, it reverts back to the heirs of the original grantor.
It must be used for that until the need ceases. PERIOD. That was the condition of the gift.
Feinstein fights criticism of stand against selling VA real estate
Carolyn Lochhead, Chronicle Washington Bureau

Thursday, September 20, 2007


(09-20) 04:00 PDT Washington - -- A watchdog group has named Sen. Dianne Feinstein "porker of the month," but the California Democratic senator and her supporters are fighting back, saying the label is politically motivated because she won't let the Department of Veterans Affairs sell off prime Los Angeles real estate that has been a medical center and veterans cemetery for generations.

The watchdog group, Citizens Against Government Waste, pointed to Feinstein's provision in a military construction spending bill that would bar the administration from selling or leasing parts of the 388-acre property on Wilshire Boulevard - a developer's dream located between Brentwood and Westwood - which officials contend is underused and could be leased to generate $4 billion in revenue for the government.

"Critics have speculated that Sen. Feinstein is going to bat for wealthy constituents concerned that development on the land would ruin the views from their homes and hurt property values," the group said. "The VA center is surrounded by the ritzy towns of Beverly Hills, Brentwood and Bel-Air, home to many celebrities and country clubs."

A mere query to Feinstein's press office unleashed a barrage of outraged e-mails from Los Angeles. Within minutes, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors chairman Zev Yaroslavsky called, accusing the Bush administration of "a naked land grab" in the heart of West Los Angeles.

The acreage was originally donated in 1888 by private owners to be used forever as "an old soldiers home," Yaroslavsky said, and now houses the largest veterans cemetery west of Arlington, along with a hospital and other facilities. The cemetery is filled up, he said, and if anything needs to be expanded.

The facility also provides 300 to 400 units of housing for the homeless, so property values are not the issue, he argued.

"I've represented this area for 32 years," he said. "I know a NIMBY issue when I see it."

In any case, he said, $4 billion is probably lowballing the property's value.

President Bush promised to veto an Iraq spending bill a few months ago, specifically citing, among other things, the Feinstein provision to keep the VA land from commercial development.

"There were deal breakers, and this was one of them, which I found remarkable, given that the entire war effort in Iraq that they believe in so strongly was being held up because they wanted to take care of a handful of their real estate friends," Yaroslavsky said.

Developers, he added, "are lined up licking their chops to get an opportunity to develop land in the middle of Brentwood, Calif., that nobody in their right mind for the last 100 years dreamt was developable."

The provision was removed from the Iraq legislation, but Feinstein attached it to a military construction bill earlier this month, and it survived a GOP effort to strip it by a 66-25 vote. Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., said the VA generated $50 million for selling some property in downtown Chicago two years ago - money that it put to better use. Feinstein's provision awaits a conference on the bill with the House.

The White House has objected again, saying the Feinstein provision "circumvents the recommendations in VA's nationwide infrastructure study ... it is likely that the restrictive Senate language would eliminate more than $4 billion of revenue, which would be used to improve facilities around the country for our nation's veterans."

Feinstein spokesman Scott Gerber denied that the provision is an earmark, which is generally what provokes the ire of Citizens Against Governmental Waste.

"It doesn't direct any funding anywhere," Gerber said. "The Congressional Budget Office looked at it and said there is no cost associated with it. She's proud of her effort to protect this land from commercial development."

Feinstein is backed by California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer and Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles.

But Tom Schatz, president of Citizens Against Government Waste, called Feinstein's move a classic case of congressional interference to protect parochial interests at the greater public's expense.

"These are facilities that are probably never going to be used for veterans," Schatz said. "You're talking about 21 of 91 buildings on the campus, VA says they don't need them, so it's unlikely Congress is going to appropriate enough money to use all 91 buildings - really unlikely."

Congress directed the VA to review its properties under a process called Capital Asset Realignment to Enhance Services, known as CARES; in 2004, CARES identified 18 properties to be examined further, including the West Los Angeles facility. These and the accompanying studies are listed on the VA Web site at www.va.gov/cares/locationSite/default.asp.

"A larger problem is that other members of Congress will view this as an opportunity to interfere with this process in other parts of the country," Schatz said. "It's the reason the (military) base closing commission was established, to get around the politics, get around the local protectionism, and allow a system to develop that would determine in case of bases which ones could be closed or realigned. What the VA is doing is similar, but there's no mechanism to stop members of Congress from intervening."

The government is frequently attacked for not disposing of its excess property, Schatz said. If the VA is not allowed to lease unused property and use the money to provide services to veterans, taxpayers will have to provide the money, he argued.

"I think if a veterans facility in San Francisco could benefit from the lease of some of this land, they'd be pleased about that," Schatz said. "It's not about just West L.A., but what veterans need around the country."

The Wall Street Journal editorial page set off the fracas a week and a half ago, comparing the situation to the infamous Alaskan "Bridge to Nowhere" and saying large portions of the area are "a veritable ghost town."

A flood of letters from residents argued that the VA process has not been as transparent as promised, and that the area is not surrounded by glamorous mansions but by a freeway, apartment and office buildings, and homeless encampments. They also cite potential traffic problems and say if the land is underused, it is only because of VA mismanagement. They contend local officials have been calling for years for a master plan for the property.

Yaroslavsky argued the lease structure under consideration would allow the land to be sold and possibly developed in violation of county zoning laws. This, he argued, is no more a good idea "than saying the Gettysburg property in federal hands that is not a burial ground should be sold off for God knows how many thousands of dollars, or the property that fringes Arlington National Cemetery - or better yet, Lexington and Concord north of Boston that could go for a pretty penny."

E-mail Carolyn Lochhead at clochhead@sfchronicle.com.
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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Schwarzenegger Signs Many Bills To Help Our Veterans and Support Our Troops

Governor Schwarzenegger Signs Bills to Benefit Veterans, Military Personnel in California
Governor Schwarzenegger today announced that he has signed legislation that will benefit California veterans, military personnel and their families. One proposal provides important protections against predatory lenders; another one requires employers to allow the spouse of a service member, when he or she is on leave, to take up to 10 days of unpaid leave. Also included are bills that expand educational opportunities, waive certain vehicle fees, make voting easier, increase access to state retirement benefits and make it a crime to misrepresent a military medal.
“These bills demonstrate California’s commitment to those who currently serve, those who have served and the families who have sacrificed so much to support them,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “Our military community deserves strong consumer protections, continued educational opportunities and as much support as we can give their families.”

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The following bills have been signed into law:

AB 7 by Assemblymember Ted Lieu (D-Torrance): Provides armed service members and their families a number of consumer credit services protections against predatory and deceptive lending practices and unlawful financial and investment schemes and allows California to enforce federal law.



AB 392 by Assemblymember Ted Lieu (D-Torrance): Requires employers to allow the husband or wife of a soldier serving to take up to 10 days of unpaid leave while their husband or wife is home on leave.



AB 1528 by Committee on Banking and Finance: Prohibits false and deceptive marketing of financial services or products to service members, veterans and their families.



AB 282 by Assemblymember Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley): Makes it a crime for any person to falsely represent himself/herself to have been awarded any military decoration or medal with the intent to defraud.



AB 223 by Assemblymember Sharon Runner (R-Lancaster): Allows a person called for military service after the absentee ballot application deadline to vote absentee by fax.



AB 950 by Assemblymember Mary Salas (D-Chula Vista): Extends the period of time in which non-California members of the Armed Forces are entitled to pay the lower in-state fees at California State University and the University of California.



SB 14 by Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod (D-Montclair): Allows members of the California National Guard to qualify for membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), and to purchase additional PERS service credit.



SB 272 by Senator George Runner (R-Antelope Valley): Gives members of the armed services priority enrollment for California State University and California Community Colleges classes and requests the University of California to do the same.



SB 386 by Senator Dave Cogdill (R-Modesto): Waives various fees on vehicles owned by the surviving spouse of a former prisoner of war (POW) or Congressional Medal of Honor recipient and allows the family to keep a special interest license plate as a remembrance of the deceased.

Thursday, October 04, 2007