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Two Studies Show Anti-Gay Bias in California Court System

Two studies by the Judicial Council of California show a significant anti-gay bias in the California court system. One study showed that more than 56 percent of the 1,225 lesbian and gay men surveyed experienced some type of anti-gay comment or action in the court when their sexual orientation was disclosed. The second study surveyed California court employees and showed one in five court employees witnessed anti-gay language and jokes, most frequently made by lawyers, judges or court employees. Superior Court Judge Jerold Kreiger, chairman of the Judicial Council’s sexual orientation committee, suggested sensitivity training and said a committee would be formed to deal with court system’s anti-gay bias

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Los Angeles Times Ð February 3, 2001

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