Friday, April 16, 2010

Good Grief

You can always count on the California State Assembly to distinguish itself in unusual ways, but this one is worthy of note (from Greg Lucas):

Also approved was Assembly Concurrent Resolution 46, a resolution by Assemblywoman Lori Saldana, a San Diego Democrat, commending the Girl Scouts on their 98th anniversary, which occurred more than one month ago on March 12.

Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, a Pasadena Democrat, allowed as to how his district had the highest percentage of girls who start as Daisy Scouts – the rung below Brownies – and commended Saldana for recognizing the Girl Scouts’ “98 years of great service to our country.”

Assemblyman Joel Anderson, a La Mesa Republican, regretfully voiced his opposition:

“Many of us would like to support the Girl Scouts and think that it’s a great organization but many of us would like have (the resolution) amended to strike all the sexual orientation language.”

All the sexual orientation language in Saldana’s 15-paragraph, non-binding resolution can be found in the seventh paragraph:

“The Girl Scouts is an organization with a proud history of inclusion and acceptance, and has historically promoted diversity in its membership by accepting all girls and women, regardless of their race, religion, sexual orientation, economic background, national origin, disability, or medical condition.”

Republicans sought a roll call vote. The resolution was approved by the 80-member body on a vote of 42 to 4.


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