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Active Duty Service Members March in Pride Parade
By: Mattheus E. Stephens

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Last Saturday, July 16, 2011, for the first time in history, openly gay, lesbian, and bisexual service members from the U.S. Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force marched in the San Diego LGBT Pride Parade. As these brave individuals—all willing to give their lives for the protection and well-being of our country—marched proudly down University Avenue, a sense of awe struck the crowd. While some parade goers cheered loudly, others rested their right hand over their hearts, and still others looked on reverently, tears wetting their sun-kissed cheeks.

More than 200 days have passed since President Obama signed legislation repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Because the statute requires “certification,” however, DADT has not yet been fully repealed, and LGB service members technically remain subject to discharge if their sexual orientation is revealed.

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San Diego Welcomes Judge Vaughn Walker

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Tonight San Diego welcomes Judge Vaughn Walker. The personal attacks against him continue to my dismay but not my surprise. The current flavor suggests that he was disqualified from deciding the marriage case because of his orientation. The argument is legally preposterous and unfounded. Taken to its logical conclusion, all judges who are heterosexual would have to recuse themselves from deciding straight marital dissolutions; all judges who are women would have to recuse themselves from deciding sexual harassment or discrimination cases involving women and all judges who are people of color would have to recuse themselves from cases involving race discrimination. Judge Walker deserves a warm San Diego welcome, one that reaffirms his abilities as a judicial officer and rejects these desperate claims in a losing proposition.