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April 19, 2011
State Assemblyman and former Costa Mesa Mayor Allan Mansoor is introducing a bill that would require schools to receive parental permission before teaching topics in classrooms that include sex, religion and sexual orientation, according to a press release issued late Tuesday afternoon by his office. Mansoor, who represents California's 68th Assembly District, is convening a 1:30 p.m. Wednesday joint news conference at his district office in Costa Mesa to discuss the bill, AB 1348, along with Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute, a parental rights group with offices in Sacramento, Santa Ana, San Diego and Oakland.
NEWS
November 19, 2009
Russ Niewiarowski faults the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act for giving “special protection to powerful activist groups pushing for national acceptance of homosexuality” (“Obama renounces religion with bill,” Oct. 30). It presumably does so by “effectively barring all from speaking out against it, putting everyone’s freedom of speech in jeopardy.” Square that, if one can, with the law’s actual text. Section 4711 (5)
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | February 6, 2013
In the wake of the Boy Scouts of America's decision to delay voting on whether to lift its ban on gay members and leaders, Orange County scouting leaders said they'll continue deferring to national policies. "All I can tell you is that the announcement came from the national council and is about national policy," said Jeff Herrmann, president and Scout executive of the Boy Scouts of America Orange County Council, "and our Boy Scout council has agreed with the national organization, not just on this issue, but all issues, to follow national policy.
SPORTS
By Leigh Steinberg | June 9, 2012
A marginal former NFL player announced this week that he was gay, sparking new interest in the status of homosexuality in sports. Player reaction to the news of Wade Davis was largely positive which represents a sea shift in player attitudes. Athletes at every level seem ready to support their teammates with a different sexual orientation. It wasn't always like this. For most of the 40 years I've represented professional athletes homosexuality has been a frightening taboo.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | September 9, 2009
As part of a legal settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District will provide a written apology to a former Corona del Mar High School student who claims school officials did little to stop four varsity athletes from harassing her with homophobic and sexist taunts, attorneys in the case announced Wednesday. The school district also has agreed to provide training on gender issues to students and staff at Corona del Mar High School and other school administrators as part of the settlement.
NEWS
August 31, 2002
Not long ago, my 12-year-old daughter and I talked about discrimination and how it can often be as evil as physical violence. I told her I hoped that she would keep an open mind and not judge anyone based on the color of their skin, their religion or sexual identification. It was the sexual identity part that hit home when I read about the application for and subsequent holding of the "Orange County Dyke March" down Harbor Boulevard. I believe the march organizers had good intentions.
FEATURES
By Brianna Bailey | April 15, 2008
Fairview Community Church members struggled this week to drape the towering gold cross that stands in the front of the church’s sanctuary with rainbow-colored ribbons. A church member had to climb a wobbly ladder perched over the baptismal font to drape the roughly 10-foot cross with the multicolored fabric. The ribbons symbolize a subtle but deliberate change for the church, which officially will open its doors to openly gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people this weekend.
NEWS
By Alan Blank | May 7, 2009
Lt. Dan Choi, an Orange County native and Iraq veteran, found out Wednesday that a board of Army officials is looking into dismissing him from service for violating its “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on homosexuality. News of the action led Laura Kanter to stay up most of the night planning a spur-of-the-moment protest on UCI’s Watson Bridge. Kanter is a board member of the fledgling Orange County Equality Coalition, a local activist group that sprung up after Proposition 8 eliminated same-sex marriage in California.
NEWS
October 14, 2002
Bulldog campaigning seems to suit congressional candidate Gerrie Schipske, who hasn't shied away from controversy when taking to task her Republican opponent on everything from the war on terrorism to prescription benefits for seniors. In a series of e-mail releases to voters and media outlets during her run for the newly aligned 46th District seat, Schipske, a Long Beach nurse, attorney and college teacher, has kept up a steady drum beat of criticism of incumbent Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher.
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By Jill Cowan | February 6, 2013
In the wake of the Boy Scouts of America's decision to delay voting on whether to lift its ban on gay members and leaders, Orange County scouting leaders said they'll continue deferring to national policies. "All I can tell you is that the announcement came from the national council and is about national policy," said Jeff Herrmann, president and Scout executive of the Boy Scouts of America Orange County Council, "and our Boy Scout council has agreed with the national organization, not just on this issue, but all issues, to follow national policy.
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SPORTS
By Leigh Steinberg | June 9, 2012
A marginal former NFL player announced this week that he was gay, sparking new interest in the status of homosexuality in sports. Player reaction to the news of Wade Davis was largely positive which represents a sea shift in player attitudes. Athletes at every level seem ready to support their teammates with a different sexual orientation. It wasn't always like this. For most of the 40 years I've represented professional athletes homosexuality has been a frightening taboo.
NEWS
April 19, 2011
State Assemblyman and former Costa Mesa Mayor Allan Mansoor is introducing a bill that would require schools to receive parental permission before teaching topics in classrooms that include sex, religion and sexual orientation, according to a press release issued late Tuesday afternoon by his office. Mansoor, who represents California's 68th Assembly District, is convening a 1:30 p.m. Wednesday joint news conference at his district office in Costa Mesa to discuss the bill, AB 1348, along with Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute, a parental rights group with offices in Sacramento, Santa Ana, San Diego and Oakland.
NEWS
November 19, 2009
Russ Niewiarowski faults the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act for giving “special protection to powerful activist groups pushing for national acceptance of homosexuality” (“Obama renounces religion with bill,” Oct. 30). It presumably does so by “effectively barring all from speaking out against it, putting everyone’s freedom of speech in jeopardy.” Square that, if one can, with the law’s actual text. Section 4711 (5)
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | September 9, 2009
As part of a legal settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District will provide a written apology to a former Corona del Mar High School student who claims school officials did little to stop four varsity athletes from harassing her with homophobic and sexist taunts, attorneys in the case announced Wednesday. The school district also has agreed to provide training on gender issues to students and staff at Corona del Mar High School and other school administrators as part of the settlement.
FEATURES
August 7, 2009
I applaud this move because it indicates that the Episcopal Church and the nation is starting to grow up. Now all we have to do is help other religious institutions grow out of their adolescent nature and, once and for all, end this ridiculous discrimination against same-sex marriage. Contrary to the worn-out rhetoric and the barrage of fear-mongering ads, same-sex marriage poses no threat to our society or to the idea of family values. In fact, the only threat we have to observe is the radical political rancor that incites violence and hate.
NEWS
By Alan Blank | May 8, 2009
Lt. Dan Choi, an Orange County native and Iraq veteran, found out Wednesday that a board of Army officials is looking into dismissing him from service for violating its “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on homosexuality. News of the action led Laura Kanter to stay up most of the night planning a spur-of-the-moment protest on UCI’s Watson Bridge. Kanter is a board member of the fledgling Orange County Equality Coalition, a local activist group that sprung up after Proposition 8 eliminated same-sex marriage in California.
FEATURES
By Brianna Bailey | April 15, 2008
Fairview Community Church members struggled this week to drape the towering gold cross that stands in the front of the church’s sanctuary with rainbow-colored ribbons. A church member had to climb a wobbly ladder perched over the baptismal font to drape the roughly 10-foot cross with the multicolored fabric. The ribbons symbolize a subtle but deliberate change for the church, which officially will open its doors to openly gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people this weekend.
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