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(NORTH BEACH BUREAU)--Just when we thought we've seen it all, another dinosaur from the bygone era of politically incorrect steps up to take the podium, this time it's Pete Wilson, former Cal gov:
Here's a clipping from his tenure-- (OCR UNEDITED)--
California governor sinks gay rights bill
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) —Gov. Pete Wilson vetoed a bill out-lawing job discrimination against homosexuals, declaring the mea-sure would unduly burden employ-ers. Gay rights activists and others accused Wilson of betraying the homosexual community with his veto Sunday. About 350 people protested with a march through West Hollywood. "Governor Wilson has sold out gay and lesbian Californians. By doing this he has buckled to pres-sure from the conservative, reli-gious wing," said David Smith, spokesman for Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Community Services. The bill, in most instances, would have banned employment discrimination based on sexual orientation. Wilson, a Republican, said the bill would "create burdens upon employers, both guilty and innocent," by adding to "the flood tide of litigation which increasingly and importantly threatens Cali-fornia's competitiveness as a place to do business." Four states offer job protection
for homosexuals — Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts and Wis-consin. Wilson said the right to privacy contained in the state constitution prohibits employers from discrim-inating on the basis of sexual orientation. But gay rights activists insisted the bill was necessary. Under current law, a person may sue an employer for discrimi-nation on the basis of sexual orien-tation. Under the bill, that same person could have filed a com-plaint with the state, which in turn would have sued the employer on his or her behalf and represented the complainant throughout the le-gal process. Such complaints already may be filed for discrimination based on race, religion, color, national origin, physical disabilities, sex, age and marital status. Wilson said earlier this year he probably would sign the measure. But there was strong opposition from the GOP's right wing, and conservative and religious groups sent Wilson more than 100,000 let-ters in recent weeks, urging a veto.
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