Supreme Court Same Sex Marriage Ruling Rallies in Santa Ana and Long Beach TONIGHT

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UPDATE, JUNE 26, 2:12 P.M.: In the wake of today's historic same sex marriage ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, rallies will be held in Santa Ana and Long Beach. The LGBT Center OC presents the Orange County rally at 7 p.m. in Plaza de Santa Ana, which is at the corner of Fourth and French streets in Santa Ana. Meanwhile, the LGBTQ Center Long Beach has a gathering set for 5:30 p.m. at the Civic Plaza, where Robert Garcia, the city's first
openly gay mayor, was to have held a midday ceremony where he'd raise a Rainbow Pride Flag in response to the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.


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HB Attorney Matthew Gregory McLaughlin's Proposed Slay Gays Away Initiative is Killed

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Huntington Beach attorney Matthew Gregory McLaughlin's proposed California voter initiative that would authorize the murder of gays and lesbians by "bullets to the head" or "any other convenient method" will not be on the November 2016 ballot--or any ballot in the future, apparently.

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Marriage Equality Backlash Did Not Slow Progress for Gay and Lesbian Couples: UCI

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A public backlash to gay marriage won't impede future policy gains for gay and lesbian couples, according to a new study co-authored by a UC Irvine professor.

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Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine Director Participates in Saturday Showing at the Frida

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Frida Cinema just received confirmation that director Michele Josue is coming to downtown Santa Ana Saturday night to introduce her new documentary Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine and participate in a post-screening Q&A.

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Sale Near for Former Home of Homo-Hating St. James Anglican Parish in Newport Beach

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Take this church ... please!
An Episcopal church bishop announced to Newport Beach congregants Sunday the closing of the sale of St. James the Great Episcopal Church, whose previous flock broke from the diocese in 2004 when openly gay Gene Robinson became a bishop in New Hampshire, realigned with an Anglican church in Uganda and later lost the OC property in court.

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Scott Steiner, OC Judge Censured for Courtroom Sex, Already Fundraising for 2016 Reelection

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Steiner: Likes 'em...

Last time we heard about OC Superior Court Judge Scott Steiner, the California Commission on Judicial Performance censured him for banging ex-students of his inside the courtroom (a story our own Moxley broke in 2013). It was an embarrassing moment for the former prosecutor and son of former OC Supervisor Bill Steiner, especially given Scott has a wife, a kid, and always tried to portray himself as a conservative type of guy.

But Hizzoner must be scared of not winning his reelection campaign, which ain't happening until the fall 2016 elections. Because Steiner and his favorite defense attorneys are already organizing a fundraiser for him next week.


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Matthew Gregory McLaughlin of State Initiative to Kill Gays Must Be Disbarred: Online Petition

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A West Sacramento resident has started an online petition that calls on the California Bar Association to disbar Matthew Gregory McLaughlin, the Huntington Beach lawyer who authored the state voter initiative that would "put to death by bullets to the head" anyone who has had sexual relations with a person of the same gender.

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Legendary LGBT Activist Denise Penn Asks and Tells

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Ready for anything

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When activist Denise Penn gets out of bed in the morning and looks at herself in the mirror, she sees a ridiculously accomplished person: executive committee member of the California Democratic Party and co-chairperson of the LGBT Caucus; editor of bimagazine.org; past president of BiNet USA; past news editor of Lesbian News; a person on the board of directors for the American Institute of Bisexuality; the first openly bisexual member on the board of Lambda Literary; AIDS prevention activist; and guest on Dr. Phil.

And that's all before she's had her coffee.


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Huntington Beach Attorney Matt McLaughlin Files Ballot Measure Requiring Gays To Be Shot

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Fly this flag at your own risk.

How do you stop the encroaching gay menace threatening the well-being of [one particular interpretation of the Christian] God's country? Well, if you're attorney Matt McLaughlin, you crawl out of the Mailbox Express box you practice out of in Huntington Beach and you spend $200 of your own money to file a ballot measure called the "Sodomite Suppression Act". This charmingly titled proposal re-criminalizes homosexuality and makes it a capital crime.

The text also specifies that the death penalty must be carried out by "bullets to the head or any other convenient method." Good call there: Wal-Mart has been sold out of rifle bullets the last few times we went to stock up for Gay Marksman Days.


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Liborio De La Luz Ramos Injected Silicone into 2 Victims, One of Whom Died: Prosecutors

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Liborio De La Luz Ramos injected victims in Orange and Santa Ana, prosecutors allege.
UPDATE, FEB. 9, 2:09 P.M.: In revealing the charges against Liborio De La Luz Ramos in connection with the death of Felipe De La Riva, prosecutors say the deceased 40-year-old transgender woman did not attend a silicone-injection party in Santa Ana as police there first thought but was injected at a hotel in Orange. Ramos was charged today with involuntary manslaughter and two counts of the unauthorized practice of medicine and was scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon. The 44-year-old Santa Ana resident did not have a medical license or authorization to perform medical procedures in California, alleges the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA). It is believed De La Riva, who went by the first name Katya, was injected some time between Dec. 30-31.

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