UCLA Gets $1 Million To Study Legal Topics Involving Gay Couples

LOS ANGELES – A gay couple who hope to marry one day has donated more than $1 million to the University of California, Los Angeles, to fund research on legal topics involving same-sex relationships.
The gift announced Friday from John McDonald and Rob Wright will support what is described as the nation’s first endowed academic chair in sexual orientation law.
The two say they want to promote objective research, but they also hope to aid the campaign for gay marriage and other gay rights issues.
“This is going to support legal scholarship, legal research and education that covers a whole area so fundamental to creating change,” said McDonald, 74, a former chief executive of a medical and hospital management firm.
McDonald and Wright, 58, who worked in advertising and real estate, have lived together for almost 25 years and are registered as domestic partners. The two live in West Hollywood and Colorado.
Some universities have chairs in gay and gender studies, but they’re usually in the humanities and social sciences and not in a law school.
A member of UCLA’s law faculty is expected to be picked for the chair in three to six months.
from The Mercury News

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