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Legal power couple take public stand on marriage vote

by PageOneQ

The nation's leading law enforcement and television court reporting couple has made a very public donation to the campaign to defeat the anti-gay proposition 8 in California. If passed, proposition 8 would amend the state's constitution to prohibit same-sex couples from marrying in the state. Earlier this year, the state's highest court ruled that lesbian and gay couples have the right to marry.

William J. Bratton, Los Angeles' Chief of Police and his wife, Rikki Kleiman, of Court TV (now TruTV), made a contribution to Equality California reports the Los Angeles Times.

As a wedding gift to friend and celebrity publicist Howard Bragman and his longtime partner, Chuck O'Donnell, Bratton made it official: He and his wife, former Court TV diva Rikki Kleiman, strongly believe that gays have a right to marry. And in honor of Bragman and O'Donnell, who wed this past week in Norwalk, the chief and Kleiman have made a donation to Equality California, a group seeking to stop a state ballot measure this November that would ban same-sex marriages.

"The Constitution guarantees life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," Bratton said this week. "I see no reason why gays can't pursue happiness through marriage."

Police chief since 2002, Bratrton also served as top cop in New York City from 1994 to 1996. The full LA Times report may be read here.


Originally published on Wednesday July 23, 2008.

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