Wednesday, July 23, 2008

LAPD Chief donates to Equality California reports:
(Los Angeles, California) Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton is the latest high profile personality to write a check to help defeat a proposed amendment to the California Constitution that would ban same-sex marriage. The donation to Equality California was made by Bratton and his wife, former Court TV anchor Rikki Kleiman and came at the suggestion of celebrity publicist Howard Bragman.

Bragman married longtime partner Chuck O’Donnell last week. When Bratton asked Bragman what the pair would like as a wedding gift the high powered public relations man said they wanted a donation to help preserve same-sex marriage in California and Bratton agreed. “The Constitution guarantees life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” Bratton told the Los Angeles Times. “I see no reason why gays can’t pursue happiness through marriage.”

Bratton is not the only friend of the couple [to] forgo traditional wedding gifts to donate to Equality California. Lesbian tennis great Martina Navratilova also wrote a check. So did actor Isaiah Washington. READ MORE