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ACR-153 California LGBT Veterans Day.(2013-2014)

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Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 153
CHAPTER 104

Relative to California LGBT Veterans Day.

[ Filed with Secretary of State  August 11, 2014. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


ACR 153, Dickinson. California LGBT Veterans Day.
This measure would proclaim June 11, 2014, and June 11 of each subsequent year, California LGBT Veterans Day, to be celebrated statewide.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, The 11th day of June has been declared California LGBT Veterans Day in recognition of the importance of properly thanking the many people of California who have served their country while hiding their true selves due to the many policies against military service while openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT); and
WHEREAS, During the times of the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy of the United States Armed Forces and other antihomosexual policies that predated that policy, many service members in honorable standing were ousted from military service and their benefits removed when their LGBT status became known; and
WHEREAS, The State of California lost the ability to properly recognize its many daughters and sons who served their country through the provision of state benefits, recognition, and gratitude for their service due to the dishonorable manner in which they were expelled from the military; and
WHEREAS, Multiple forms of this manner of discrimination have finally been eradicated from the ranks of our United States Armed Forces and all forms of discrimination have been removed from the ranks of the California Military Department, the California National Guard and the State Military Reserve; and
WHEREAS, An appropriate way to acknowledge those who have previously gone without the level of gratitude appropriate towards United States veterans is to annually recognize those who served to protect the freedom of speech for others while they sacrificed it for themselves; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Legislature hereby declares June 11, 2014, and June 11 of each subsequent year, California LGBT Veterans Day, to be celebrated statewide; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.