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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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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Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Equality California Issues Statement on Federal Prop. 8 Challenge
Today the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) filed a motion asking the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to lift the stay on U.S. District Court Judge Walker’s ruling in the Perry v. Schwarzenegger case, which would enable same-sex couples to marry. AFER is also requesting that the California Supreme Court issue a ruling by the court’s summer break regarding whether ProtectMarriage.com has legal standing to appeal Walker’s decision to strike down Prop. 8. In response, Equality California Executive Director Geoff Kors issued the following statement:
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Tuesday, January 04, 2011
Equality California Hails Court’s Decision Denying Standing to Imperial County in Prop. 8 Federal Challenge
Today the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied Imperial County’s attempt to intervene in the Proposition 8 federal challenge, and the court will now ask the California Supreme Court to consider whether the groups that placed Proposition 8 on the ballot have legal standing to appeal Judge Walker’s decision to overturn Prop. 8 on the grounds that the measure is unconstitutional.
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Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Equality California Applauds Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
Today, President Obama signed into law legislation repealing the so-called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” military policy that denies lesbian, gay, and bisexual Americans the right to serve openly in the U.S. armed forces. In response, Mario Guerrero, U.S. Marine Corps veteran and Equality California Government Affairs Director released the following statement:
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Thursday, December 09, 2010
Equality California Disappointed with Failed U.S. Senate Vote on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
Today in a 57-40 vote, the U.S. Senate voted against a motion to proceed to debate on the National Defense Authorization Act, which contains a provision to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the discriminatory federal policy that prevents openly gay and lesbian people from serving in the military. In response, Equality California Executive Director Geoff Kors issued the following statement:
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Equality California Institute Launches Equality Beyond Borders Project
Today Equality California Institute announced the launch of “Equality Beyond Borders: LGBT Inclusive Immigration Reform,” an immigrant rights project aimed at raising awareness and increasing support for the rights of undocumented immigrants within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. With support from the Power PAC Foundation, Mobilize the Immigrant Vote, the California Alliance and other key coalition partners, Equality California Institute will host a series of six workshops to promote fruitful dialogue and direct action around the issues a
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Monday, November 01, 2010
Equality California Condemns Brutal Assault of Transgender Woman
The Los Angeles Police Department is searching for a suspect who brutally assaulted a transgender woman, in what could be a hate-based crime. A transgender woman was brutally kicked in the face and struck in the head with a bottle near the corner of La Brea Avenue and Sunset Boulevard. She was left with a broken jaw. Police are still investigating the incident, which occurred earlier in the month, but are now seeking information from the public.
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Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Equality California Praises Federal Court “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” Injunction
U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Phillips has issued an injunction ending enforcement of the discriminatory federal policy barring gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military. In September, Judge Phillips ruled that “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was unconstitutional because the ban violated the first amendment and due process rights of gay and lesbian service members. In response, Equality California Executive Director Geoff Kors issued the following statement:
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Equality California to Launch TV Ads Urging Whitman, Cooley to Change their Stance on Proposition 8
Equality California will launch a new television advertising campaign to educate Californians about Meg Whitman and Steve Cooley's pledge to defend Proposition 8 in court and urging them to change their position. Whitman, the Republican gubernatorial candidate, and Cooley, candidate for attorney general, have both publicly stated that they would defend Prop. 8 in the federal court case challenging the constitutionality of the measure.
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Friday, September 10, 2010
Equality California Hails Federal Court Decision Striking Down “Don't Ask, Don't Tell”
A federal judge in Riverside yesterday struck down the discriminatory federal policy barring gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military. U.S. District Judge Virginia A. Phillips said the ban violated the first amendment and due process rights of gay and lesbian service members. The judge will issue an injunction to halt the policy, but the Justice Department can appeal. In response, Equality California Executive Director Geoff Kors issued the following statement:
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