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California’s Gov. Brown Signs Bill Supporting LGBT Veterans

On the one year anniversary of the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1505, designed to remedy inequities faced by veterans discharged under DADT.

Authored by Assemblymember Richard Pan and co-sponsored by Equality California and Sacramento Valley Veterans, the bill passed with bipartisan support in both chambers. LGBT veterans in California will now be connected with resources to upgrade their discharge status and receive better access to state benefits for themselves and their families such as home loans, college tuition fee waivers and preference for civil service examinations.

Assemblymember Pan said in a statement:

“’Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ was repealed because of the growing understanding that not only do our lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender military service members have the right to serve openly, but that our country is safer when they do. Making sure these veterans, who have always been an important part of our armed forces, receive the honor and benefits they deserve is an important step towards equality.”

    • Michael Bedwell

      Uh, NO, the bill has nothing to do with “T” veterans, only those discharged under DADT which, of course, would only be L, G, or B.


      Sep 21, 2012 at 7:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

      Jerry, baby come for a kiss.

      Sep 22, 2012 at 12:21 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • JOHN 1957

      It’s good to see that some people are growing up and evolving. We’ve been here since the beginning of the human race and will continue to have many generations behind us til the end of time to continue to stand up for equality and human rights. The universe willing, they also will evolve spiritually.

      Sep 25, 2012 at 5:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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