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COMMENTARY: The 2012 GOP platform is "a foot on the neck of American citizens"

WASHINGTON — A high ranking official from within the Democratic party on Wednesday labeled the nearly finished 50-page platform document of the Republican National Committee as a “foot on the necks of American citizens.”

The source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that the GOP’s platform policies take specific aim at women’s rights and gay rights, and noted that all efforts in Tampa so far have been orchestrated by far right organizations and lobbyists, leaving moderates within the party no where to turn.

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COMMENTARY: Nothing new in GOP’s anti-woman, anti-gay platform

The GOP's anti-abortion platform hasn't changed — it is identical to that of its 2008 platform, allowing abortions only in cases of rape and incest.

The GOP's anti-gay platform also hasn't changed — it is identical to that of its 2008 platform, allowing marriage only between a man and a woman.

The Grand Old Party’s future, which includes a younger generation of social conservative and LGBTQ voices, depends on its ability to have open discussions about abortion, reproductive coercion and gay rights.

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COMMENTARY | The bold-faced lies of LGBT Weekly and Bob Filner

(Editor’s note: For the record, SDGLN Editor in Chief Ken Williams is a registered Democrat who is staying neutral in the San Diego mayoral race to maintain the ethical standards of journalism. Williams has won numerous awards during his 40 years in journalism, and previously worked at the San Diego Union-Tribune and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. With this commentary, Williams refutes the distortion of the truth by LGBT Weekly and Bob Filner.)

“Politics have no relation to morals.” -- Niccolo Machiavelli

Gay candidate slammed over water fight article

Consider the dilemma of a very left-of-center Democrat, positioned as a "progressive" running against a gay Republican for mayor in a city that has elected Republicans to that position.

He can't exactly verbally gay-bash or openly appeal to the anti-gay vote. But, retiring Congressman Bob Filner, running for San Diego mayor, found a unique way to remind the public that his opponent, Carl DeMaio, is gay.

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COMMENTARY: At 42, Paul Ryan is out-of-step with his generation

On paper, you’d think a 42-year-old Republican would be up to speed on marriage rights, and might even, given his age, be tolerant.

To my surprise, Mitt Romney's vice presidential pick, U.S. Congressman Paul D. Ryan from Wisconsin, is not only no ally to our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) communities — he’s completely ignorant of our struggle.

When it comes to the issue of marriage equality, Ryan has consistently voted it down.

In defending his stalwart stance for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage Ryan stated:

LETTER TO THE COMMUNITY: A dialogue between Gloria Johnson and Johnathan Hale

(Editor's note: San Diego community activist Gloria Johnson and Hale Media publisher Johnathan Hale exchanged emails about Hale's Letter to the Community in which he opined: "Real LGBT leaders don't put politics above Pride." The letter was the most-read story on SDGLN on Thursday and stimulated much public discussion across Social Media.

Letter to the Community: Real LGBT leaders don’t put politics above Pride

“Are you ready?”

With those three words, my partner Carl DeMaio took my hand, squeezed it, and the two of us started down the parade route in this year’s San Diego Pride Parade.

I almost did not walk in the Pride Parade this year.

I want to share with you why – and why I am so glad I did.

First, let’s recall why Pride came to be.

The LGBT community was tired of living closeted lives and we developed Pride events to show that we were, indeed, proud of who we are.

LETTER TO THE COMMUNITY: Rep. Susan Davis honored to accept Friend of Pride Award

(Editor's note: The Spirit of Stonewall Rally will begin at 6 pm Friday, July 20, at the corner of Harvey Milk Street and Normal Street in Hillcrest. The event officially kicks off San Diego LGBT Pride weekend.)

Happy Pride! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. I am honored to receive the Spirit of Stonewall Friend of Pride award this year and my most heartfelt congratulations to the other San Diego Pride award winners.

LETTER TO THE COMMUNITY: Carl DeMaio invites community to reception, march with him in San Diego Pride Parade

As a matter of full disclosure, SDGLN Publisher Johnathan Hale has a personal relationship with Carl DeMaio. Their relationship in no way impacts the editorial decisions made by Ken Williams, SDGLN Editor in Chief, and does not influence our political coverage. Williams can be reached at ken@sdgln.com, @KenSanDiego on Twitter or at (877) 727-5446, x713.

This November, San Diego has a strong chance of electing its first LGBT mayor – an amazing development that reflects the diversity and acceptance that we’re proud of in San Diego.

LETTER TO COMMUNITY: Creating change with parking meter change

SAN DIEGO – Councilmember Todd Gloria, serving as chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, today championed changes to policies and procedures to make more effective use of available funds for parking improvements in the City of San Diego.

“The shortage of parking is a problem in many San Diego communities, and funds are available to solve it,” Gloria said. “City staff and parking districts must move forward with tangible parking improvements for our neighborhoods.”

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