Equality California (EQCA)

Equality California is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots-based, statewide advocacy organization whose mission is to achieve equality and civil rights for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Californians.

Releases by this organization

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Monday, June 11, 2012
EQCA Condemns Fifth Ballot Measure Attack on FAIR Education Act
The anti-equality advocates, who previously sponsored an unsuccessful effort to place a referendum on the FAIR Education Act on the 2012 ballot, have announced that today they will file a new ballot measure to repeal the FAIR Education Act. Equality California Board Chair Clarissa Filgioun issued the following statement in response:
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Tuesday, June 05, 2012
EQCA Lauds Ninth Circuit Refusal to Rehear Case Striking Down Prop 8
The federal Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit announced today that it has rejected a request by anti-equality advocates to reconsider its ruling earlier this year in Perry v. Brown, which affirmed a district court decision in 2010 that struck down Proposition 8, the California constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2008 that stripped the freedom to marry from same-sex couples in the state.
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Thursday, February 09, 2012
Equality California Celebrates Passage of Washington Marriage Equality Bill
The Washington state legislature today approved a bill to grant same-sex couples in the state the freedom to marry. Equality California Board President Clarissa Filgioun issued the following statement in response:
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Thursday, November 17, 2011
Equality California Responds to California Supreme Court Ruling on Standing Question in Perry v. Brown Challenge to Proposition 8
The California Supreme Court today issued an opinion finding that proponents of Proposition 8 have the authority to represent the interests of the State of California in the Perry v. Brown challenge to the law even though the state’s public officials—the governor and attorney general—declined to appeal the trial court's careful determination in 2010 that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. The opinion was issued at the request of the Federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which heard the appeal of the 2010 ruling that struck down Proposition 8.
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Thursday, November 10, 2011
EQCA to Sponsor Bill Giving State Veterans Benefits to LGBT Servicemembers Discharged Under DADT
Equality California announced today that it intends to sponsor a bill authored by Assemblymember Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) that will ensure state veterans benefits are not denied to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) veterans discharged from the military solely because of their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. Sacramento Valley Veterans also plan to co-sponsor the bill.
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Wednesday, September 07, 2011
Gay-Straight Alliance Network and Equality California Applaud New California Department of Education FAIR Education Act Guidelines
Gay-Straight Alliance Network and Equality California, leaders in the effort to protect the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act, applaud the California Department of Education (CDE) for issuing an informative and clarifying fact sheet on the new law and its implementation in schools.
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Thursday, September 01, 2011
California State Assembly Passes Legislation Requiring Insurance Companies to Comply with State Nondiscrimination Law
The California State Assembly has passed the Insurance Nondiscrimination Act (SB 757.) Authored by Senator Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) and sponsored by Equality California, the bill would eliminate an exemption in state law that enables insurance companies to discriminate against same-sex couples.
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Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Equality California Profoundly Disappointed in Court’s Decision Denying Motion to Lift Stay in Prop 8 Case
Today the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied a motion from the American Foundation for Equal Rights to lift the temporary stay in the federal court challenge to Proposition 8. Equality California, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, and Lambda Legal recently filed a joint amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals asking the court to lift the stay. Statement from Equality California Executive Director Geoff Kors:
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Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Equal Benefits Law for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Workers Advances in Legislature
Today the Equal Benefits Bill (SB 117), which strengthens the state’s current equal benefits law, passed the Senate Governmental Organization committee in a 7-5 vote. Authored by Senator Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) and sponsored by Equality California, the bill adds a provision barring the state from entering into contracts with businesses and other entities that do not provide equal benefits to same-sex spouses of employees.
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Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Equality California Sponsors Resolution by Senator Kehoe Calling on Military to Cease Practice of Fining Discharged Lesbian, Gay Soldiers
Senator Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) has introduced a resolution (SJR 2), sponsored by Equality California that calls on President Obama, the U.S. Congress and Defense Secretary Robert Gates to stop levying fines against lesbian, gay, and bisexual service members who were discharged under the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) policy.
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