Amos (and Mary) Freeman
Amos was born in
on August 4, 1931. He was the seventh child of eight, five brothers and
two sisters, from mother Addie Mae Adams Freeman and father Percy Freeman.
He served in the Detroit National Guard, boarded a troop train, and headed
. This was at the start of the Korean War. Later the all black Battalion
boarded an army troop ship and were sent to
. Amos moved to
, where he worked as a social worker for
. Later, he worked for the state of
as an Administrative Law Judge for Social Services. Thereafter, he
transferred to the California Occupational Safety and Health Appeals Board
as an Administrative Law Judge. He retired in December 1993. He met Mary
Kato in 1973 while attending an administrative law judge conference in
. He was introduced to her by his cousin who also lived in
. His cousin was married to Mary's younger sister. Mary also worked for
social services. She was a widow with five children. Amos was divorced
with two children. After a short courtship, they married on January 18,
1974, and Amos moved to
. Eventually, Amos' two boys joined them in
, and they all lived as a blended family until all of the children except
one moved out on their own. They have four grandchildren, two boys and two
girls. They range in ages from two years to 13.
Mary was born in
. Her family consisted of her, her five brothers and two sisters.
She was the seventh child, next to the youngest. Her mother Tsura Taguchi
Kashiwase and father Katsuchika Kashiwase were both born in northern
. Mary attended school in Livingston until the ninth grade at which time
she and her family were sent to an
at Merced County Fairgrounds to be evacuated as part of the
government's removal of all Japanese from the West Coast. They were later
transported by train to Amache
internment camp. They were part of the
government's illegal removal of all Japanese, US citizens and
non-citizens, from the West Coast during World War II. Mary and her family
were released from the camp in 1945, and they returned to
. She married Ben Kato in 1948 in
. Ben passed away in 1968. Mary went to work for the state of
, Social Services Department. She retired as a medical transcriber in
1990. Both Mary and Amos are members of the Sacramento Senator Lions Club
and are members of the Florin Japanese American Citizens League. Amos is a
founding member of the Wiley Manual Bar Association.
Glendalee Scully is a tenured Professor of Law at the
, McGeorge School of Law. She
has been practicing law at a variety of positions since she graduated from
McGeorge in 1972 as the Valedictorian.
Professor Scully has been a Certified Family Law Specialist since
1981. She has been a Judge pro
tem of the Sacramento Superior Court since 1984.
Professor Scully was also admitted to practice before the United
States Supreme Court in 1989.
is the founder of the Lamda Letters Project and the Campaign for Family
Partner Benefits. He has also served
on numerous other community boards, including a two year term as Chair of
Advocates for Gay and Lesbian State Employees and service as a member of
the Gay Coalition of the United Church of Christ, Northern California
Conference. Mr Hinman has received numerous awards, including the
Human Rights Award from the Sacramento County Homan Rights Fair Housing
Commission and the Tim Warford Lifetime
Award from the Lamda Community Center of Sacramento .
Decided June 12, 1967
's statutory scheme to prevent marriages between persons solely on the
basis of racial classifications held to violate the Equal Protection and
Due Process Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment.”
1994 JACL National Resolution
of same-sex marriages is a violation of civil
and human rights and the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses
of the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution”
A Multiracial Documentary and Discussion by Curtiss Takeda Rooks.
A documentary suggesting that instead of identifying people as
fractions of race/ethnicity (half Asian Am and half Latino), people could
consider identifying as multiples of race/ethnicity (100% African Am and
100% European Am).