Resolution In Support of Actions in the Wake of the Orlando Massacre


Resolution In Support of Actions in the Wake of the Orlando Massacre

WHEREAS a lone gunman massacred 49 people and wounded 53 others, many gravely, in Orlando, Florida in the early hours of Sunday June 12; and the kidnapped and entrapped victims were patrons of Pulse, a dance club
operated as a "safe community space" for the benefit of the LGBTQ community; and the gunman had been investigated by the FBI as a possible terrorist threat, yet was easily able to allegedly purchase one or more weapons (including an assault rifle) to accomplish his bloody and deranged action; and everyday gun violence and mass murders have claimed the lives of many US residents in urban and rural areas, including thousands of Californians,
each year;

WHEREAS the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) currently does not permit the donation of blood by men who have had sex with other men (MSM) at any point in the past year, despite the fact that public health groups including the American Red Cross, the American Association of Blood Banks, America’s Blood Centers, the American Medical Association (AMA), and leading LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS organizations have urged that the FDA’s restrictions be revised, and the AMA has called for individual testing assessments instead of a blanket policy based on sexual orientation;

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the California Democratic Party lends its sympathy and support to the people of the LGBTQ community and communities of color in the wake of this crime; lends its continued support for legislation and enforcement of equal rights for all Californians, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity; and calls on the FDA to remove any blood donation restrictions based on sexual orientation.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the California Democratic Party supports Congressional and California Democrats' continued efforts to save lives by: (1) enacting sensible gun safety legislation; (2) legislation to restrict the availability of military-style assault weapons with large-capacity magazines to the civilian public.


Authored by Pamela Mays McDonald and Igor Tregub, AD 15

Sponsored by: Andy Kelley, George Perezvelez, AD 15; Ginny DeMartini, AD 20; Alameda County Democratic
Central Committee

Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its 2016 Summer Executive Board Meeting
Long Beach Convention Center

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