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Gay Couple Donates $1 Million, Establishes Gay Law Chair at UCLA

John McDonald and Rob Wright, a gay couple known in Los Angeles for their generous gifts to the city's Gay & Lesbian Center, have donated more than $1 million to the UCLA law school to establish the nation's "first endowed academic chair in sexual orientation law" according to the L.A. Times:

Wrightmcdonald"The cash gift...will help fund the research of a still-to-be-named professor at UCLA Law School's Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy. That 5-year-old think tank investigates such topics as anti-homosexual discrimination, the impact of the military's 'don't ask, don't tell' policies and the demographics of same-sex couples who have adopted children."

Said McDonald: "This is going to support legal scholarship, legal research and education that covers a whole area so fundamental to creating change. We just think this is one of the best things we've ever done."

McDonald, a graduate of UCLA, and Wright have been together for 25 years, are registered domestic partners in the state, and say they plan to marry "instantly" should it become legal in California.

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  1. How brilliant and admirable of these two men.

    On another note: I've often wondered if gay & lesbian causes were considered by the wealthy of America (as much as causes involving women, children, or minorities are for instance) - and I'm glad to learn there are actually people out opening up their checkbooks to help LGBT youth and studies!

    Posted by: Da | Feb 26, 2007 2:24:41 PM

  2. It's about time. Issues regarding LGBT people in the legal and justice system is sorely needed. Thank you John and Rob.

    Posted by: Jack! | Feb 26, 2007 2:24:52 PM

  3. so proud to be a Bruin... a great school all-around and a relatively good environment for LGBT students.

    Posted by: buzz | Feb 26, 2007 3:19:04 PM

  4. Go Bruins!

    Posted by: SoCal | Feb 26, 2007 3:24:52 PM

  5. Brad Sears does excellent work for the Institute. Go Bruins--Go Brad!

    Posted by: Hill_w | Feb 26, 2007 5:54:17 PM

  6. Thats soo sweet!

    Posted by: Toto | Feb 26, 2007 10:04:20 PM

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