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COMMENTARY: Gay marriage supporters shift debate from rights to love and commitment

Editor’s note: This was cross-posted from the Baltimore Sun.

"What do we want? EQUAL RIGHTS! When do we want them? NOW!"

Catchy — but it doesn't sound much like a wedding vow.

When couples make that lifetime commitment to each other in front of friends and family on one of the biggest days of their lives, few of them cite the 1,138 federal rights they will gain by making the promise of marriage. And the words "tax benefits" rarely come up in the best man's toast.

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COMMENTARY: Agitating against hatemongers

Editor's note: Kit-Bacon Gressitt's commentary appears on her blog Excuse Me, I'm Writing and is republished by SDGLN, The Ocean Beach Rag and The Progressive Post. She was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize while working for the North County Times.

Last Thursday, I visited a professor in her temporary office. She was perched at an oddly placed desk amid unpacked boxes, all under a light patina of dust and the discomfort of passing disorder.

LETTER to the COMMUNITY: Stonewall Citzens' Patrol executive director supports police inquiry

Recently, a story broke about a police officer who has been accused of inappropriate behavior toward female citizens. It is not unusual for the community to allow the alleged actions of one person within a group to color the perception of the entire organization. I implore the community to do their best not to do this to our Police Department.

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COMMENTARY with VIDEO: What you need to know about Medical Cannabis Ordinance

On March 28, the San Diego City Council will be voting on an ordinance governing San Diego’s medical cannabis facilities.

LGBT groups, veterans groups, church groups, drug policy reformers, community activists, business groups, and others have united in opposition to the ordinance because it may amount to a de facto ban that will harm patients, families and communities in San Diego.

This is what you need to know:

How we came to be here

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COMMENTARY: Why redistricting matters

It is so wonky, even Rachel Maddow probably yawns.

There are no semi-naked dancing boys or girls. No Mojitos. No Marasca Fizzes.

It won’t help your sex life (although I personally have not given up entirely on that angle).

So why should you care where those squiggly re-districting lines get drawn?

Well, it matters because, more than campaigns, cash or candidates, district lines determine who will make major decisions about your life for the next decade.

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COMMENTARY: St. Patrick's Day parades are anti-gay, just like the black church

Irish and African-American LGBTQ communities share a lot in common when it comes to being excluded from iconic institutions in their communities.

For LGBTQ African-Americans, it's the black church, and for LGBTQ Irish, it's the St. Patrick's Day Parade.

St. Patrick's Day has rolled around again, and like previous March 17 celebrations nationwide, its LGBTQ communities are not invited. As a contentious and protracted argument for now over two decades, parade officials have a difficult time grasping the notion that being Irish and gay is also part of their heritage.

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COMMENTARY with VIDEO: San Diego, get ready to meet Frank Mugishu, the most courageous gay man I know

Frank Mugishu, 27, has one of the most challenging jobs in the global LGBT community.

He is chairman of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) and on Dec. 10 was recognized by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights as one of the top three human rights defenders on the planet.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: An update from Councilmember Todd Gloria

Friends,

I hope you all remembered to spring your clocks forward this weekend and plan to have a great week. Because this week will be busy in District Three and at City Hall, I thought an update would be helpful.

City Business This Week

The City Council will discuss critical items related to infrastructure, redevelopment, and the City budget, and I encourage your participation and feedback. View the agendas for meetings

SR-163 Closure

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COMMENTARY: UK shames U.S. in efforts to end homophobia in sports

Who cannot be impressed by efforts in the United Kingdom to wipe out homophobia in sports?

All of the UK’s major sports leagues – football (soccer), rugby, tennis and cricket -- and the nation’s Olympics committee have signed off on the government’s charter for action.

The UK government charter outlines four key points:

1. Evryone should be free to participate in sports.

2. Sports is about fairness, equality, respect and dignity.

3. Committing to making these values a reality for LGBT athletes.

4. Pledging to challenge unacceptable behavior toward LGBT people.

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COMMENTARY: Hate by any other name

Editor's note: Kit-Bacon Gressitt's commentary appears on her blog Excuse Me, I'm Writing and is republished by SDGLN, The Ocean Beach Rag and The Progressive Post. She was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize while working for the North County Times.

Of the many things I’ve learned since traipsing off with my book bag and lunchbox to return to full-time studenthood, none is quite as dismaying as the persistence of the rape culture that pervades U.S. media and, hence, the daily lives of media consumers.

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