Shelly Bailes and Ellen Pontac

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 * Shelly attended meetings of the ["Human Rights Commission"] at ["Davis Senior High School"].
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 * Shelly attended meetings of the ["Human Rights Commission"] at ["Davis Senior High School"] - (a student organization similar to the present day Davis High School [http://www.dhspta.org/pta/dhs/committees/schoolclimate School Climate Committee])
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 * Shelly served as a liason for the gay community and the Davis Police Dept. (''Factcheck: is this an official or unofficial position? Please don't edit unless you are sure.'')  * Shelly served as a liason for the gay community and the Davis Police Dept.
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Shelly served on the ["Human Relations Commission"], but resigned before the end of her term amid allegations of unethical behavior. Ellen Pontac was nominated by a commission member for an award. All members of the commission agreed that Ellen was the most deserving person for the award at this time. Some felt that because Shelly was Chair, they should wait and give it to Ellen the following year. Some of the commissioners decided not to vote for Ellen. Shelly's was the tie-breaking vote. After much discussion, Ellen removed her name from consideration. Shelly Bailes resigned as chair of the Human Relations Commission citing an inability to work effectively in a "hostile environment" amid commissioners who disagreed with her. Many of the commissioners and City Council members felt she should stay and didn't share the opinion that she did anything unethical. Shelly served on the ["Human Relations Commission"], but resigned before the end of her term after a disagreement over the nomination of her wife, Ellen Pontac, for one of the Human Relations Commission's annual awards. Some commissioners felt that because Shelly was Chair at the time, it was inappropriate for
Ellen to be given the award. Some felt that, because of Shelly's personal relationship with Ellen, she should recuse herself from voting. Shelly felt that Ellen was deserving, regardless of commissioners concerns, cast the tie-breaking vote to give Ellen the award. After much discussion, Ellen removed her name from consideration and the award was given to another person, but the incident had a damaging effect on the commissioner's confidence in Shelly as Chair. A special meeting was scheduled by commission members to discuss the possibility of having Shelly step down. On the day of that scheduled meeting, Shelly resigned as chair and member of the Human Relations Commission citing an inability to work effectively in a "hostile environment" amid commissioners who disagreed with her. Many of the commissioners and City Council members felt she should stay on, but Shelly chose to move on.

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sue_award.jpgSue Greenwald handing them the resolution of the City Council declaring June 12th Yolo County Gay Pride Day in Davis. Shelly Bailes and Ellen Pontac have become the town "poster children" for gay rights. The two women, who have lived in a committed relationship for more than 32 years and who raised their family in Davis, are at the forefront of the fight for gay rights in Davis, in California, and in the country. They were married in San Francisco in February of 2004 and experienced the pain of watching their marriage be invalidated six months later, at which time they staged a rally at the Yolo County Registrar's office. Both are active as founders and heads of the local chapter of Marriage Equality California. In addition to working for gay rights they are also activists in many Davis activities.

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In June 27, 2006, Shelly, speaking as a former Chair of the Human Relations Commission, claimed at City Council that the Human Relations Commission has lost the respect that it once had in the city and that the present chair was ineffective and should step down for the good of the commission and the city1. All former members of the HRC who came to speak that evening, with the exception of Norbie Kumagai and Shelly, spoke in support of the commission.

In September 2005, they were featured in a widely seen Associated Press photo after the State assembly passed the gay marriage bill.

Controversy

Shelly served on the Human Relations Commission, but resigned before the end of her term after a disagreement over the nomination of her wife, Ellen Pontac, for one of the Human Relations Commission's annual awards. Some commissioners felt that because Shelly was Chair at the time, it was inappropriate for
Ellen to be given the award. Some felt that, because of Shelly's personal relationship with Ellen, she should recuse herself from voting. Shelly felt that Ellen was deserving, regardless of commissioners concerns, cast the tie-breaking vote to give Ellen the award. After much discussion, Ellen removed her name from consideration and the award was given to another person, but the incident had a damaging effect on the commissioner's confidence in Shelly as Chair. A special meeting was scheduled by commission members to discuss the possibility of having Shelly step down. On the day of that scheduled meeting, Shelly resigned as chair and member of the Human Relations Commission citing an inability to work effectively in a "hostile environment" amid commissioners who disagreed with her. Many of the commissioners and City Council members felt she should stay on, but Shelly chose to move on.

After being nominated by community members for the Human Relations Commission's Humanitarian Award, the Civil Rights Award, and the Lifetime Achievement Award for 5 years in a row and having those nominations ignored by the commission, the City Council stepped in and gave both Ellen and Shelly the Lifetime Achievement award in June 2006.


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