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April-18-96

American Legion Found Guilty of Discrimination Against Lesbians and Gay Men

A ruling by the San Francisco Human Rights Commission has found the American Legion's California division guilty of discriminating against gay men and lesbians. The city commission concluded that the division of the largest veterans' organization in the United States distributed homophobic literature opposing gays in the military, lied to a gay veteran's group, and deliberately prevented gay veterans from expressing their point of view. A city law in San Francisco prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, but state law supersedes the ordinance in this case, inhibiting the commission to order the Legion to make changes

Media Resources: The San Francisco Chronicle - April 17, 1996; The San Francisco Examiner - April 17, 1996