20th Assembly Candidates Support Gay Marriage, but Spar over Gender I.D. Law

Bill Quirk, Luis Reynoso, Jaime Patino

ASSEMBLY | 20TH DISTRICT | When it comes to gay marriage, candidates for the 20th Assembly District made a mad dash to the left of each other, but not before two of them swung wildly to the right when it comes to gender identification.

Incumbent Assemblymember Bill Quirk, Republican Jaime Patino and nonpartisan Luis Reynoso, formerly a member of the GOP, all registered strong support for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues before attempts to shade differences in their position.

Patino, a first-time candidate from Union City, appeared to set the tone last Friday night at a candidate’s forum in Fremont when in response to a question on equity and, specifically, LGBT issues, he veered well left of the Republican Party’s ambiguous stance. “I’m one of the few—and I may get in trouble tomorrow when it hits the news—but, I’m one of the few Republicans out there that actually is supportive of gay marriage and I’ve always been,” said Patino. “It’s out there and if people want to make a big thing, let them.”

“I feel very much for people in the LGBT community, any community that is discriminated against, because it doesn’t just scar that particular community; it scars the whole city, the whole area,” said Patino. “And it also hurts us economically because businesses see that and they don’t want to be in an area that’s putting up with that stuff.”

Quirk, whose liberalism is questioned by few, seemed pleasantly surprised by Patino’s statements. “Let me say, it is a pleasure to have Mr. Patino state what he did and to say that he’s for gay marriage and I really appreciate it,” said Quirk. However, Patino’s comments were also the catalyst for each candidate to draw distinctions in their support for gay marriage.

Quirk then rushed further left, stating he has supported gay marriage “ever since it became an idea” and then-San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom made a strong push for it in 2004. He also touted his support for a controversial assembly bill, AB 1266, strongly opposed by state conservatives, which would allow transgender children to assign their own gender when it comes to sex-segregated school programs, athletics and facilities. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill into law last August. “I’m out on the edge on this and I’m proud to be out on the edge,” said Quirk.

On gay marriage, Reynoso said, “This is really a non-issue because discrimination is discrimination. When it comes to gay marriage, the government can’t tell you who to marry and they cannot tell you who to divorce, either.” However, when it comes to AB 1266, it’s a different story. “We’re really operating on shaky ground at that point because for us to demand a kindergarten girl’s bathroom to be available to a six-year-old boy because he feels he’s a girl, it’s a privacy issue. The issue needs to be examined more carefully,” said Reynoso, who is also an elected member of the Hayward school board. “Facilities use are not there for us to exercise our gender, but rather to use them in private.” Reynoso’s first move to the left followed by a sharp turn to the right, then set off a similar tag-team attack by him and Patino on Quirk also witnessed earlier this month over the Calpine Russell City Energy Center issue.

“The line stops when it comes to kids using the same restroom,” Patino said in his rebuttal. Local school districts should be allowed to make their own decisions on the matter, he added. “Because what flies in San Francisco, may not fly in Tulare County and Sacramento should not be putting the values of San Francisco down the throat of people in the valley or the Inland Empire that don’t agree with that.”

Quirk then asserted Republicans, in general, now laud Civil Rights leaders of yesterday after doing nothing to support the cause when it was occurring. “You know, that’s what it takes being out on the edge,” said Quirk. “When you’re being a pioneer, when you are seeing what’s new. What we’re seeing today is Republicans love Cesar Chavez . Republicans love Martin Luther King, but when they were out pushing the envelope, the Republicans weren’t to be seen. I’m very proud to be pushing the envelope.”

The forum moved on to another question on green building and renewable energy, but the previous back-and-forth clearly festered. After Patino answered the question, he quickly responded to Quirk’s comment, “This Republican was at Kitayama Nursery in Union City back when I was a kid. This Republican was there. This Republican’s parents were farm workers, so don’t lump everybody all together. We shouldn’t do that.” Reynoso followed. “Mr. Quirk doesn’t really understand Martin Luther King was a Republican. Don’t forget that,” said Reynoso. “One of the greatest fighters for equal justice was actually a Republican.



Categories: AB 1266, AD20, Assembly, Bill Quirk, candidate forum, Cesar Chavez, discrimination, Fremont, gay marriage, gay rights, Jaime Patino, lgbt, Luis Reynoso, Martin Luther King, privacy, Republicans

86 replies

  1. I agree 6:57 is a pervert that hates his mother/

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  2. 7:28 is our resident deviant who wants an androgynous society.

    Not going to happen!

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  3. I think 7:28 is more upset on the use of hate to form opinion. But, I agree too with that person 6:57 and 8:36 might be perverts and hate their mother. Only hatred in mothers bring that type of twisted criticism.

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  4. I read a handful of these post and all of them seem to miss an important point. As a female, I don't want to share a restroom with males. Have you ever been a men's restroom they are gross! They stick of urine and are alway dirty. The unisex restrooms would subject girls/women to a gross environment in which to do their business.

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  5. Thank you, 11:29, yours is common sense!

    As a man, we are not going to let deviants take us to a genderless society.

    Your anatomy determines who you are, and that determines which bathroom you cohabit. Chromosomes are facts of life.

    Deal with it!

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  6. Really want to thank the person who wrote the following below, well worth a repost. We are in a culture war, and the deviants want to do away with gender and go to a genderless society. Well, we're not. There are males, females, and occasionally a freak of nature known as a hermaphrodite. The doctors will correct that condition as best they can. Chromosomes and anatomy determine it all.

    I'm going to put it very succinctly: If you come into this world with a dick, you use Men or Boys; if you come into this world with a pussy, you use Women or Girls. It's all about biology, and NOTHING else. Know how we know this? If you're a guy there is something called a urinal, which is ONLY for the male anatomy.

    Each of these guys is an embarrassment. They should all be ashamed of themselves for promoting gay marriage and this bogus legislation which will be thrown out by the courts as a violation of civil rights.

    End of story.

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  7. oh oh 11:51 also hate his mother. Wow so much hatred when you think you are right. Quick someone teach that person how to be civil and love his mom.

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  8. Someone tell 1:40 how to stop being a deviant and projecting!

    Pity this fool.

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  9. This is the only solution and it works. It's being done all over. Since our laws say you can't discriminate you better learn to live with it.

    Many school districts are putting in single use bathrooms with locks so anyone can use them. If your schools haven't, ask them to.

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  10. Anatomy is not discrimination.

    A woman who 'thinks' she's a guy can't use the john at the Coliseum or Macy's. Same with a guy who 'thinks' he's a woman.

    Facts are facts. Live with it.

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  11. What about if you are a woman that thinks she is a guy that thinks he is a woman?

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  12. Facts are facts—–it's a California law and the opponents couldn't get enough signatures from homophobes like you to put it on the ballot to overturn it. Live with the fact that you are the minority opinion. 🙂

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  13. Not true, deviant. It will be going on the Nov. ballot, and then you and your ilk can go in the woods where nobody has to see you.

    Stay in the cupboard where you belong.

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  14. Anatomy is not discrimination.

    A woman who 'thinks' she's a guy can't use the men's john at the Coliseum or Macy's. Same with a guy who 'thinks' he's a woman using the women's john.

    Facts are facts. Live with it.

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  15. What if you are a woman that thinks you are a man that thinks you are a horse that thinks you are a dog that thinks you are a walrus… then what?

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  16. Go on the side of the road!

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  17. To the homophobe and deviant who hates the LGBT community. There is only one of you making all the posts. It's the law and YOU will have to live with it. 🙂

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  18. Really want to thank the person who wrote the following below, well worth a repost. We are in a culture war, and the deviants want to do away with gender and go to a genderless society. Well, we're not. There are males, females, and occasionally a freak of nature known as a hermaphrodite. The doctors will correct that condition as best they can. Chromosomes and anatomy determine it all.

    I'm going to put it very succinctly: If you come into this world with a dick, you use Men or Boys; if you come into this world with a pussy, you use Women or Girls. It's all about biology, and NOTHING else. Know how we know this? If you're a guy there is something called a urinal, which is ONLY for the male anatomy.

    Each of these guys is an embarrassment. They should all be ashamed of themselves for promoting gay marriage and this bogus legislation which will be thrown out by the courts as a violation of civil rights.

    End of story.

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  19. 10:10 also hates his mother. Where do these mental lilliputians come from?.

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  20. Sorry, deviant at 12:34, but we just don't subscribe to your shit.

    You are projecting! In America, we don't do that shit. Go back to the underworld where you belong.

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  21. ohoh I see that 2:51 has a very limited vocabulary. Yep, he is a mental lilliputian that hates his mother.

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  22. 6:23, still projecting. When the words work, you use.

    We all pity the fool whom you are.

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  23. I agree 8:16 lacks any formal introduction to civil vocabulary usage. Another mother hater and mental microbe.

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  24. 9:39, still projecting. When the words work, you use.

    We pity the fool whom you are.

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  25. Hmmm….small correction just help the fray in all these political positions. At 11:37am when the subject is not the “who” then you do not need to use “whom”. The subject has already been declared as “fool”. So, yep I agree with all of you that some people need simple English language construction tutoring. Maybe 11:37 is not a language grammar theorist but that does not mean to imply any level of intelligence.

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  26. 11:37 has the correct use of 'whom.' Unfortunately, 6:00, your lack of education is quite evident. I shall now attempt to explain to your simpleton sense:

    If one turns the sentence into a question, it would read:

    For whom is the fool we pity? One would not use 'who.' The subject might be 'John,' or 'Anne,' or 'whoever.'

    Really, for those who have no understanding of either the English language or common sense, please stay mute. This subject matter is above your intelligence quotient, and does not concern you at all.

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  27. Now that the midgets Who and Whom are finished, back to the point of the article:

    Really want to thank the person who wrote the following below, well worth a repost. We are in a culture war, and the deviants want to do away with gender and go to a genderless society. Well, we're not. There are males, females, and occasionally a freak of nature known as a hermaphrodite. The doctors will correct that condition as best they can. Chromosomes and anatomy determine it all.

    I'm going to put it very succinctly: If you come into this world with a dick, you use Men or Boys; if you come into this world with a pussy, you use Women or Girls. It's all about biology, and NOTHING else. Know how we know this? If you're a guy there is something called a urinal, which is ONLY for the male anatomy.

    Each of these guys is an embarrassment. They should all be ashamed of themselves for promoting gay marriage and this bogus legislation which will be thrown out by the courts as a violation of civil rights.

    End of story.

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  28. Now that the midgets Who and Whom are finished, back to the point of the article:

    Really want to thank the person who wrote the following below, well worth a repost. We are in a culture war, and the deviants want to do away with gender and go to a genderless society. Well, we're not. There are males, females, and occasionally a freak of nature known as a hermaphrodite. The doctors will correct that condition as best they can. Chromosomes and anatomy determine it all.

    I'm going to put it very succinctly: If you come into this world with a dick, you use Men or Boys; if you come into this world with a pussy, you use Women or Girls. It's all about biology, and NOTHING else. Know how we know this? If you're a guy there is something called a urinal, which is ONLY for the male anatomy.

    Each of these guys is an embarrassment. They should all be ashamed of themselves for promoting gay marriage and this bogus legislation which will be thrown out by the courts as a violation of civil rights.

    End of story.

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  29. I agree 8:10 needs English lessons.

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  30. We agree. 8:49 needs Life lessons.

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  31. to the homophobe and the only one making the posts against the LGBT community—–it's the law and you will have to live with it.

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  32. Really want to thank the person who wrote the following below, well worth a repost. We are in a culture war, and the deviants want to do away with gender and go to a genderless society. Well, we're not. There are males, females, and occasionally a freak of nature known as a hermaphrodite. The doctors will correct that condition as best they can. Chromosomes and anatomy determine it all.

    I'm going to put it very succinctly: If you come into this world with a dick, you use Men or Boys; if you come into this world with a pussy, you use Women or Girls. It's all about biology, and NOTHING else. Know how we know this? If you're a guy there is something called a urinal, which is ONLY for the male anatomy.

    Each of these guys is an embarrassment. They should all be ashamed of themselves for promoting gay marriage and this bogus legislation which will be thrown out by the courts as a violation of civil rights.

    End of story.

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  33. To the homophobe and deviant who hates the LGBT community. There is only one of you making all the posts. It's the law and YOU will have to live with it. 🙂

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  34. Really want to thank the person who wrote the following below, well worth a repost. We are in a culture war, and the deviants want to do away with gender and go to a genderless society. Well, we're not. There are males, females, and occasionally a freak of nature known as a hermaphrodite. The doctors will correct that condition as best they can. Chromosomes and anatomy determine it all.

    I'm going to put it very succinctly: If you come into this world with a dick, you use Men or Boys; if you come into this world with a pussy, you use Women or Girls. It's all about biology, and NOTHING else. Know how we know this? If you're a guy there is something called a urinal, which is ONLY for the male anatomy.

    Each of these guys is an embarrassment. They should all be ashamed of themselves for promoting gay marriage and this bogus legislation which will be thrown out by the courts as a violation of civil rights.

    End of story.

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  35. Too easy for you to call anyone you disagree with a 'homophobe.' Clearly you don't know shit.

    Bottom line is folks don't want a genderless society, which is what you want.

    Take a step back, chill, and suck your dick until you calm down!

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  36. By the way, 'your law' is a violation of civil right and is sure to be overturned by the courts

    🙂 🙂 🙂

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