Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 49 / 7 December 2017
 

Lesbian pastor rebuked for marrying same-sex couples

A lesbian pastor who married same-sex couples in 2008 when the unions were legal in California has been rebuked by her denomination for presiding over the gay nuptials.

After hearing testimony this week, including from the couples married by the pastor, the Permanent Judicial Commission of the Redwoods Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) today (Friday, August 27) upheld 3 of 4 charges against the Rev. Dr. Jane Adams Spahr.

The commissioners ruled that she “violated her ordination vows” by presiding at the marriages of same-gender couples.

Yet the commissioners also called on the church to re-examine its policies toward same-sex marriage. In their decision, which can be read online here,  they beseeched the church “to reexamine our own fear and ignorance that continues to reject the inclusiveness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ” because “in the reality in which we live today, marriage can be between same gender as well as opposite gender persons, and we, as a church, need to be able to respond to this reality as Dr. Jane Spahr has done with faithfulness and compassion.”

In a statement responding to the decision, Spahr said she and her legal team are deciding whether to appeal the ruling.

“This is such a sad moment for the Church” stated Spahr, who has been a minister for 36-years. “Today, the Church rejected God’s amazing hospitality and welcome. It deeply troubles and saddens me.”

Scott Clark, of Rev. Spahr’s legal defense team, denounced the ruling as going against the Presbyterian Church’s constitutional mandates of full inclusion, non-discrimination, and Christ-like pastoral care.

“It’s a sad day for our church when it decides to turn its back on its own mandates, sanction a faithful minister who has dedicated her life to God, and tell committed and loving couples that God’s welcome doesn’t extend to them,” stated Clark.

Eleven gay and lesbian couples from the San Francisco Bay Area and across the nation, along with expert witness, Deborah Krause, Academic Dean and Professor of New Testament at Eden Theological Seminary in Missouri, testified during the trial proceedings, which began on Tuesday, August 24. Supporters of Rev. Spahr filled the Fellowship Hall of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Napa, California, where the trial proceedings took place.

“I have always looked upon the Presbyterian Church as a church that includes all of God’s children. Today, I learned it doesn’t and it’s a revelation that shocks and saddens me,” stated Kathryn Mudie of Novato, California who was married to Susan McDaniel by Rev. Spahr in 2008. The couple has been together for over 26 years.

Four years ago the 67-year-old Spahr faced a similar trial for marrying same-sex couples.She won that trial but church officials appealed and won a censure of her from a regional church body.

Ultimately, the church’s General Assembly Permanent Judicial Commission overturned the censure of the reverend by the Permanent Judicial Commission of the Synod of the Pacific.

— Matthew S. Bajko, August 27, 2010 @ 1:49 pm PST
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State legislators pass several EQCA-sponsored bills

The past week has seen several bills sponsored by Equality California making their way through the Legislature.

On Wednesday, August 25, the state Senated passed the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Prisoner Safety Act – Assembly Bill 633 – in a 26-9 vote. The bill, authored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), is designed to prevent violence against LGBT people in the state prison system.

The bill would amend the Sexual Abuse in Detention Elimination Act of 2005 to include self-reported safety concerns related to sexual orientation and gender identity on the list of factors for consideration when classifying and housing prisoners.

“All people deserve basic protections — including those serving time in our state prisons,” said Ammiano in a statement from EQCA. “No prisoner should fear for his or her life or be the target of abuse because of his or her sexual orientation or gender identity.”

Geoff Kors, EQCA’s executive director (pictured at right), stated, “This important bill would help prevent brutal assaults against prisoners who are targeted due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.”

A California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation study has found that 67 percent of LGBT inmates report being sexually assaulted by another inmate, a rate 15 times higher than the overall prison population.

Previously approved by the Assembly, the bill now heads to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who vetoed a similar bill last year.

Also on Wednesday, the Senate approved another Ammiano proposal, the U.S. Blood Donor Nondiscrimination Resolution – Assembly Joint Resolution 13 – by a vote of 22-8.

The resolution calls on the Federal Drug Administration to repeal its rule prohibiting healthy gay and bisexual men from donating blood.

It also puts the state on record in support of updating rules for blood donation, which would increase the number of life-saving blood donations with no increase in risk of disease.

Current federal rules prohibit any man who has had a sexual relationship with another man in the past 31 years from donating blood at any facility, regardless of personal health.

The rule, which was adopted in 1983, targeted gay and bisexual men due to fear of HIV/AIDS transmission, when little was known about the disease or how it is spread.

“Today, a better understanding of the disease and significant innovations in blood screening technology make the fear of HIV/AIDS spreading through the blood supply nearly nonexistent,” an EQCA statement said.

On Tuesday, August 24 the Senate passed the Hate Crimes Protection Act – AB 1680 – by a vote of 22-13.

The bill would exempt hate crimes from mandatory arbitration clauses, which are often included in employment contracts.

AB 1680 would prohibit contracts from requiring an individual to waive his or her legal rights and procedures, guaranteed under the Ralph Civil Rights Act and Bane Civil Rights Act, which provide protections for victims of hate crimes.

Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña (D-San Diego) is the bill’s author. Saldaña stated, “Victims of hate crimes shouldn’t be forced to abandon essential rights like a trial by jury simply because they have entered into a contract for employment, housing, education or other goods and services, and if they choose to, that choice should be completely voluntary and not a condition of any contract.”

On Monday, August 23 the Assembly passed Senate Joint Resolution 28, which calls on the U.S. Congress and President Barack Obama to revise the Census survey and to collect data identifying LGBT people living in the U.S.

The resolution, which was authored by Senator Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego), passed by a 49-25 vote.

The Census does not currently include questions regarding sexual orientation and gender identity. Data collected by the Census, as mandated by the U.S. Constitution, is used to determine the number of seats allocated in the House of Representatives as well as the dissemination of federal funding for hospitals, job training centers, schools, public works projects and emergency services.

“LGBT families and households are disproportionately under served and more likely to live in poverty,” stated Kehoe. “We call on the U.S. Congress and the President to ensure that every person living in the U.S. is counted and has access to culturally competent health and human services.”

Also on Monday, the Senate passed the Unemployment Benefits Act – AB 2055 – by a 23-11 vote.

The bill seeks to ensure that same-sex couples in California have access to unemployment benefits. Assemblyman Hector De La Torre (D-South Gate) authored the bill, and it was reviously approved by the Assembly.

Currently, heterosexual couples who are planning to marry are eligible for unemployment benefits if one of the partners loses his or her job. This bill would extend the same rights to same-sex couples planning to enter into a domestic partnership.

“This legislation will give domestic partners fairness under the law, family unity will be preserved, and all committed relationships will be given equal access to benefits,” stated De La Torre.

The bill now moves back to the Assembly floor for a procedural concurrence vote before heading to the governor’s desk.

Matt Connelly, a spokesman for the governor, said none of the bills have made it to Schwarzenegger’s desk yet, and “the governor does not have a position on any of them at this time.”

Connelly noted that once the bills do make it to Schwarzenegger, he’ll have until September 30 to sign or reject them

For more information, visit www.eqca.org or www.leginfo.ca.gov.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, @ 12:40 pm PST
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SF city attorney Dennis Herrera announces mayoral bid

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera took to the internet this morning and announced via his Facebook page what many have expected for years – he is running to be mayor.

“I’m running for Mayor to make San Francisco a city that works. I’ve proven my mettle and ability to get the job done,” wrote Herrera (pictured at left) on his personal page. “I hope I can count on your support to make my case to voters: for the strong,
principled, hands-on leadership we need in San Francisco’s next Mayor.”

Herrera also filed his paperwork this morning (Friday, August 27) and  launched a campaign website at www.dennisherrera.org. The site is bare bones other than a letter explaining his decision to seek Room 200 in City Hall and a way for supporters to donate to his campaign.

Herrera has served as city attorney for nearly a decade, and during that time, he has made national news through the lawsuits he has pursued, particularly with his office’s successful litigation in state court striking down California’s anti-same-sex marriage statutes.

His office also was part of the Perry vs. Schwarzenegger case that resulted in the recent federal court ruling that Proposition 8, the voter initiative that overturned the state court’s decision in 2008 allowing same-sex couples to marry, was unconstitutional. The case is now on appeal and will be heard by an appellate panel in San Francisco this December.

Herrera is the second person to officially enter the mayoral race. Openly gay Supervisor Bevan Dufty declared his intent to seek the office last year.

Others expected to jump into the race include the city’s two state senators: Mark Leno, who is openly gay, and Leland Yee, who has had a mixed record on LGBT issues while in public office.

The one wild card is who could become interim mayor next January should Mayor Gavin Newsom, whose term doesn’t end until January of 2011, is elected this November as the state’s lieutenant governor.

In that event the Board of Supervisors is tasked with appointing an interim mayor, who ostensibly would have an advantage in the fall election next year. Rumors have been rampant about who the board would pick.

Scenarios being discussed have ranged from current Board President David Chiu having the six votes he needs to become the new mayor to Leno or Yee locking down the votes. Former Board President Aaron Peskin’s name has also been mentioned.

Newsom, though. has thrown another wild card into play by suggesting he might delay moving on to Sacramento in time for the winners of this fall’s supervisor races in the city’s even number districts to be sworn in and have the power to select his replacement.

And should District Attorney Kamala Harris be elected this fall as the state’s next attorney general, it would open up the possibility of seeing Chiu be appointed to fill out the remainder of her term.

— Matthew S. Bajko, @ 11:37 am PST
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UPDATED: Gay media watchdog GLAAD says ED is paid $225,000

Today the gay media watchdog group GLAAD released its federal tax return for 2009 and revealed its executive director is being paid $225,000. It also reported a significant drop in revenues for last year, resulting in a loss of $1.5 million.

The agency, whose full name is the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, had refused until this afternoon (Tuesday, August 24) to reveal what it was paying its top executive since it hired Jarret T. Barrios last September. After the Bay Area Reporter wrote about the lack of transparency surrounding Barrios’ salary in April, the agency’s public relations director excoriated the paper for its coverage.

In an email containing the tax return filing sent to LGBT reporters and bloggers, prompted by an inquiry from San Francisco blogger and gay activist Michael Petrelis, GLAAD Director of Public Relations Rich Ferraro noted that Barrios (pictured at right) dropped his own annual salary, with Board approval, to $225,000 in December.

Most LGBT nonprofits, when asked, will disclose what they are paying their EDs at the time of their hire. But Barrios had told the B.A.R. he saw no need to reveal what his compensation was until the tax filing was completed. He did say he had decreased his income by up to 15 percent.

Based on the information GLAAD disclosed today, Barrios was initially awarded a salary of less than $260,000 at the time of his hiring.

In terms of what he earned in 2009, Barrios took home $79,648 in pay as well as $1,370 in additional compensation. His predecessor, Neil Giuliano, earned $208,637 in 2009 salary plus another $4,935 in additional compensation.

The agency also saw a precipitous drop in contributions between 2009 and 2008. It reported total revenues for last year of nearly $5.1 million, less than half of what it earned in 2008 when it reported roughly $14 million in revenues.

The decline in contributions came as GLAAD increased what it paid for professional fundraising fees, spending $18,107 in 2008 and close to $160,000 last year.

The agency throws lavish, star-studded awards ceremonies throughout the country, including in San Francisco and Los Angeles, which are major fundraisers for GLAAD. It reported spending $1.3 million on fundraising expenses in 2009 while it raised $613,145 from fundraising events resulting in a loss of $276,380 from the fundraisers.

The agency did reduce its salary costs by $900,000 last year, going from $4.2 million it paid in 2008 for employee costs, including salaries and benefits, to $3.3 million in 2009. Ferraro noted that GLAAD has since eliminated a senior vice president position; in 2009 the agency paid $173,750 in salary for the post.

UPDATE: In an email late Wednesday (August 25) that Ferraro sent to the B.A.R., he wrote that “a significant part” of the agency’s drop in funding last year was due to a large donation that will be received over the course of five years.

Due to accounting rules, Ferraro wrote that “the gift must be reported in full the first year.”

Looking then at GLAAD’s revenues in 2007, when it raised $7.1M, its earnings last year were $2M less than what it raised three years ago.

In terms of its fundraising last year, Ferraro said the $613,145 listed on its 990 comes from non-media awards events and pointed to a separate line item where the media awards’ fundraising total is pulled out from the agency’s other contributions, listed as $2.8M

Elsewhere in the tax filing, the form says that GLAAD raised $2.6M in gross income off its fundraising events (not including the $613,145 figure) in 2009 but spent $2.8M, resulting in a loss of $276,380.

Ferraro, however, said the agency did not loss any money last year off its media awards.

As for its costs to hold the fundraisers, Ferraro wrote that the agency, under Barrios’s leadership, this year has “successfully and substantially reduced expenses for the GLAAD Media Awards,” which he wrote will be reflected in the agency’s 990 tax filing for 2010.

— Matthew S. Bajko, August 24, 2010 @ 5:36 pm PST
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Appeals court panel kicks SF supe off Nov ballot

In the latest round of legal wrangling between City Attorney Dennis Herrera and District 2 Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier (pictured below) over whether she can seek re-election to the Board of Supervisors this November, Herrera scored a win today when an appellate panel ruled he was correct in barring her from being on the ballot.

A three-judge panel of the California Court of Appeal this afternoon (Tuesday, August 24) unanimously reversed a trial court ruling from last month that nullified Herrera’s reading of San Francisco’s voter-approved term limits law. The trial judge’s decision had led to an eleventh hour bid by Alioto-Pier to seek another term and San Francisco elections officials to include her name among candidates qualified to run on the fall ballot.

But the appellate judges – Associate Justice James A. Richman, who authored the ruling, Presiding Justice J. Anthony Kline and Associate Justice James R. Lambden – decided that Herrera was correct in his use of a “rounding-up rule,” which provides that if an appointed incumbent serves more than two years of a term, it counts as a full four-year term for purposes of term limits.

Alioto-Pier served out the remainder of Gavin Newsom’s term after he became mayor in 2004 and was then re-elected for another term. In 2008 Herrera issued a ruling that she had served two full-terms and was therefore termed out of office this year.

But Alioto-Pier sued to force Elections Department officials to place her name on the ballot.  A San Francisco Superior Court judge granted the supervisor’s petition on July 22, holding that voters had implicitly rendered the 20-year-old term limits rule “ineffective” with subsequent Charter amendments.

Yet the appellate judges concluded differently, writing in their ruling that “nothing in the ensuing years changed the two-term limit.  Nothing changed the rounding up provision.  And nothing changed the voter imposed mandate that no appointed supervisor could serve more than 10 consecutive years. Alioto-Pier has already served two consecutive terms. She may not seek a third.”

Responding to today’s decision, Herrera issued a statement saying he was gratified by the latest legal opinion.

“This case has always been about the principle of upholding voters’ will, and I regret that some political pundits focused instead on personalities. I’ve consistently defended Sup. Alioto-Pier’s right to pursue this dispute in the courts, and I wish her and her family every success in their future endeavors,” stated Herrera. “I know I join the vast majority of San Franciscans in expressing gratitude for her record of public service to the City we share.”

The ruling is also a major win for Janet Reilly, who is seen as having a lock on the seat without Alioto-Pier in the race. Reilly this month won the endorsement of the local Democratic Party and has backed Herrera in the legal fight.

She issued a statement today saying the appellate ruling “lifts a cloud of uncertainty” over the race that will allow her to focus again on her campaign for the board.

“Frankly, it has been difficult for the voters to clearly evaluate the candidates without knowing whether or not Supervisor Alioto-Pier was on the ballot. Let me be among the first to thank Michela for her seven years of public service,” stated Reilly. “Now that we have clarity, I am looking forward to continuing my door-to-door campaign to meet the voters of District 2.”

Alioto-Pier could seek to have the full Court of Appeal rehear the case or she could bring an appeal to the state Supreme Court.

The case is Arntz v. Superior Court, California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, Division Two, Case No. A129173.  A complete copy of the appellate court ruling is available on the City Attorney’s Web site.

— Matthew S. Bajko, @ 4:35 pm PST
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Hearing delayed for alleged assailant of patrol special officer

The man accused in the incident resulting in a broken arm for San Francisco Patrol Special Police Officer Jane Warner will have to wait a bit longer for his preliminary hearing.

The date for the hearing, which is typically when a judge decides whether there is enough evidence to proceed with a trial, was to have been set today [Friday, August 20]. However, that date is now not expected to be set until September 28.

Warner, an out lesbian who was affectionately known as “Officer Jane” around the Castro and other neighborhoods she patrolled, was 53 when she died of ovarian cancer in May.

On early Christmas Day morning in 2009, Warner responded to an incident outside Trigger bar, and a man broke her arm. James Crayton McCullough, who was 60 at the time, was arrested in connection with the incident. He has pleaded not guilty and is out on $250,000 bail.

Assistant District Attorney Brian Buckelew was just recently assigned to prosecute the case and indicated more time was needed to prepare.

However, Buckelew expressed determination to keep things moving. “All the discovery’s been completed,” he said before the hearing. He also noted the case’s age.

“There’s no reason for delay,” he said. He added, “I hope this case goes to trial before the end of the year.”

Buckelew acknowledged there’s strong interest in the case from the LGBT community and said he’s gotten a lot of calls about it in the last three days.

McCullough faces nine charges that include battery with serious bodily injury to Warner, making criminal threats to other officers, and resisting arrest. Six of the nine counts are being charged as felonies.

If he’s eventually found guilty, McCullough could be sentenced to as much as eight years and four months in state prison, according to Buckelew.

Before court today, McCullough, who was wearing a black suit, referred questions to Jeremy Blank, his attorney, but thanked a reporter for being interested in the case.

In January Blank told the Bay Area Reporter that his client “feels terrible” about Warner’s injury.

“He is quite distraught about the injury she suffered,” Blank said at the time. “He has been a long-standing member of the Castro community for 20 years.”

Blank also said that McCullough’s residence is outside of the Castro, and it is not covered by a stay-away order issued in the case.

“But he certainly is a member of the community,” Blank said.

McCullough has been ordered to keep away from the Castro District and the Badlands and Trigger bars. The Castro is defined in the order as being bounded by Dolores, 14th, Market, Diamond, and 19th streets, Buckelew said.

After the hearing today, Blank declined to comment on several questions.

He referred to his previous statement to the B.A.R. and said, “Nothing has changed about the incident since then.”

— Seth Hemmelgarn, August 20, 2010 @ 5:37 pm PST
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Breaking: Court rules against weddings

The 9th U.S. District Court of Appeals ruled today that same-sex couples won’t be allowed to marry yet in California.

The court granted a stay of federal Judge Vaughn Walker’s decision that Prop 8, the same-sex marriage ban, violates the U.S. Constitution. Walker had ordered that the stay be lifted Wednesday, August 18, unless the appeals court decided to leave the stay in place.

The appeals court ordered the case, Perry v. Schwarzenegger, be calendared during the week of December 6, 2010, at The James R. Browning Courthouse in San Francisco.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, August 16, 2010 @ 3:42 pm PST
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9th Circuit announces Prop 8 filing deadlines

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals today announced a briefing schedule in the federal Proposition 8 case. A three-judge panel is expected to decide next week an appeal from protectmarriage.com, which has asked the court for another stay preventing same-sex marriages from taking place in California. That action was taken following Chief U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walkers order Thursday to lift the stay on his August 4 decision declaring California’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.

Walker’s stay on the marriages expires at 5 p.m. Wednesday, August 18.

Today, the three federal judges on the motions panel hearing the appeal – Edward Leavy, Michael Daly Hawkins (pictured at right), and Sidney R. Thomas – issued an order granting the appellants’ motion to exceed page limitations. The appellees’ (plaintiffs Kristen Perry, et al) response to the motion for stay pending appeal, is due by 11 p.m. tonight. Then the appellants reply is due by 9 a.m. Monday.

The three judges include two Democrats and one Republican. Leavy was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1987. He is semi-retired. and has served as judge in state and federal courts in Oregon since 1957, according to the Associated Press. Hawkins was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1994. He also appointed Thomas in 1995. Hawkins is based in Phoenix while Thomas is based in Montana. According to reports, he made President Barack Obama’s short list to fill the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy that was just filled by Elena Kagan.

— Cynthia Laird, August 13, 2010 @ 2:28 pm PST
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Ninth Circuit judges head to Hawaii for annual confab; US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy to attend

Tropical breezes, ocean sunsets and same-sex marriage will likely be the highlights of this year’s Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference taking place Saturday, August 14 through Thursday, August 19 at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa in the Ka’anapali area of Maui, Hawai’i.

In a quirk of timing, the annual judicial confab comes as the Ninth Circuit finds itself embroiled in the national fight over marriage rights for same-sex couples. Opponents of granting marriage licenses to gays and lesbians have asked the appellate court to stay a local federal judge’s decision to allow the gay nuptials to once again take place in California as of 5 p.m. Wednesday, August 18.

Chief U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker Thursday, August 12 denied a motion to stay his ruling overturning the Golden State’s same-sex marriage ban known as Proposition 8. Having heard testimony this past winter in the Perry vs. Schwarzenegger case, brought by two same-sex couples and San Francisco officials, Walker found Prop 8 to be unconstitutional.

Late Thursday the Yes on 8 campaign leaders filed a motion with the Ninth Circuit seeking an emergency stay of Walker’s decision in order to block the weddings from taking place.

A three-judge panel will be assigned to hear the matter, while whatever the appellate court decides is expected to be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. The justice assigned to hear stay motions from the Ninth Circuit is centrist Justice Anthony Kennedy (pictured at right).

Kennedy, as it turns out, will be a featured speaker at the Polynesian get-together next week. He is scheduled to address the conference attendees and take part in various conversations about matters of importance to the Ninth Circuit.

“The conference will offer an opportunity to meet colleagues and other members of the bar, renew acquaintances and catch up on the latest events in our circuit,” wrote Ninth Circuit Chief Judge Alex Kozinski on the conference’s website.

Walker is also expected to attend, as his court website lists him as unavailable next week and he is scheduled to preside over the Tuesday, August 17 “Chief District Judges Breakfast Meeting.”

It should make for some interesting conversations on the beach, at Sunday’s golf tournament and on the buffet line.

— Matthew S. Bajko, @ 11:52 am PST
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SF Democrats endorse Walker, Mandelman in supe races

As expected out lesbian artist Debra Walker (pictured at right) and openly gay attorney Rafael Mandelman have won the backing of the local Democratic Party in their respective supervisor races this fall.

The Democratic County Central Committee voted to back the two progressive candidates at its meeting Wednesday, August, 11. Walker is seeking the District 6 seat while Mandelman is running for the District 8 seat.

Both are longtime members of the DCCC and had been recommended for the local party’s backing after it heard from various candidates running for public office at an endorsement meeting held last weekend.

Because progressives hold a majority of seats on the DCCC, it had long been expected that Walker and Mandelman would earn its endorsement.

In the District 2 race, Janet Reilly also won the party’s nod, while incumbent District 4 Supervisor Carmen Chu, a moderate on the board who is running unopposed this fall, also won backing from the DCCC.

Because of the city’s ranked-choice voting – voters can pick their top three candidates in city races – the DCCC can endorse a second and third place candidate.

In the District 6 race, supporters of Theresa Sparks, a transgender woman who heads the city’s Human Rights Commission, were able to block school board president Jane Kim from receiving the second place nod.

In the District 8 race DCCC member Scott Wiener, who is gay, took himself out of the running for the second or third place endorsements. The second place nod went to out lesbian Rebecca Prozan.

In the District 2 race incumbent Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier failed to pick up a second place nod. Alioto-Pier is in a legal fight over whether she is allowed to run again this year or is termed out of office as both City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Reilly claim. The matter is on appeal before the courts.

The DCCC postponed endorsing in the District 10 race, while it backed the following incumbents in their re-election bids: Public Defender Jeff Adachi; Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting; and Community College Board members Anita Grier, John Rizzo, and Lawrence Wong, who is openly gay.

See next week’s Political Notebook column in the August 19 Bay Area Reporter for more on who supported whom in the District 6 and 8 contests.

— Matthew S. Bajko, August 12, 2010 @ 10:00 am PST
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