Insurance Commissioner Lara issues statement on Governor’s clemency initiative
News: 2020 Press Release
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara issued the following statement on Governor Gavin Newsom's clemency initiative, pardoning people who were prosecuted in California for being gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer.
“This historic moment for Californians is a tremendous victory for all LGBTQ people who suffered persecution under antiquated laws we now recognize were unjust and discriminatory.
“It is crucial we use our executive authority to ensure justice and protect all people from discrimination. And as the first openly gay person elected to statewide office in California’s history, I would like to wholeheartedly commend Governor Newsom for correcting this injustice. Californians should not be persecuted for who they love. Now there is a path to clemency for LGBTQ individuals who were wrongfully convicted. The posthumous pardon of the great civil rights leader Bayard Rustin is monumental and I believe this historic new clemency initiative further underscores Governor Newsom's longstanding support and respect for the LGBTQ community.”
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