Nguyen, Jimmy


Jimmy Nguyen works for Equality California.

Why Family is the Key to Winning LGBT Equality

By Jimmy Nguyen
Equality California

In September, the LGBT community cheered when a Florida appellate court found unconstitutional the state’s law banning gay and lesbian couples from adopting children. The 33-year old law had been the most draconian of its kind in the country, but was finally struck down as unconstitutional. The ruling became final after October 22, when Florida’s Attorney General elected not to appeal the decision to the state’s Supreme Court. This is a big win for the LGBT movement not for just the legal impact. It also advances a key to winning truly equal rights: the ability for LGBT persons to create families of our own.

Calling for a President Who Follows His Heart

By Jimmy Nguyen
Equality California

Should our President defend in court laws that, in his heart, he believes are incorrect? That is the compelling question raised in the past two weeks, which saw the Obama administration decide to appeal two court rulings favorable to the LGBT community.

First, on October 12, the Justice Department appealed a July 2010 federal court decision invalidating a portion of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage to between a man and a woman. Second, on October 14, two days after another federal judge issued an injunction to stop enforcement of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy, the Justice Department announced its intention to appeal that ruling also. The Justice Department has even asked for a stay of the decision so the DADT policy can remain in effect pending appeal. (On October 20, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals granted the Justice Department’s request for an emergency stay until the matter can be considered more fully).