California Pardons Gay Civil Rights Leader in New Initiative

California’s governor announced that he is posthumously pardoning a gay civil rights leader while creating a new pardon process for others convicted under outdated laws punishing homosexual activity.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s governor announced that he is posthumously pardoning a gay civil rights leader while creating a new pardon process for others convicted under outdated laws punishing homosexual activity. Bayard Rustin was a confidant of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a key organizer of the March on Washington in 1963. He also helped plan other nonviolent protests and boycotts to end racial discrimination. Gov. Gavin Newsom pardoned Rustin for his arrest in…

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