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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Tuesday, August 24, 2010
California Assembly Calls for Addition of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity in 2020 Census
The California Assembly yesterday passed resolution SJR 28, which calls on the U.S. Congress and President Obama to revise the Census survey and to collect data identifying LGBT people living in the U.S. Introduced by Senator Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) and sponsored by Equality California, the resolution, passed by a 49-25 vote, urges the federal government to include questions regarding sexual orientation and gender identity in the 2020 Census questionnaire.
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Monday, August 23, 2010
California Legislature Officially Endorses Repeal of Federal Defense of Marriage Act
Today, the California State Senate approved a joint resolution, AJR 19, calling on the U.S. Congress and President Obama to immediately repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which explicitly forbids the federal government or any federal agency from recognizing state-sanctioned marriages between same-sex couples. Introduced by Assemblymember Julia Brownley (D - Santa Monica) and sponsored by Equality California, the joint resolution was passed by a bipartisan vote of 22-12.
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Monday, August 16, 2010
Equality California Disappointed in Ninth Circuit Court’s Decision to Grant a Stay in Proposition 8 Case
Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a stay pending appeal of the federal district court’s decision in the Proposition 8 federal challenge. The district court had ruled that Prop. 8 was unconstitutional, and that marriages of same-sex couples could proceed on Wednesday, August 18, 2010. The Ninth Circuit Court’s stay prevents these couples from marrying until after it hears the appeal in the case. In response, Equality California Executive Director Geoff Kors issued the following statement:
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Thursday, August 12, 2010
Equality California Applauds Judge Walker’s Decision to Lift Stay in Prop. 8 Case
Today Judge Walker lifted the temporary stay in the Prop. 8. case, paving the way for same-sex couples to begin marrying on August 18 at 5 p.m. In response, Equality California Executive Director Geoff Kors issued the following statement:
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Wednesday, August 04, 2010
Equality California Hails Historic Federal Court Decision to Overturn Prop. 8
Today the U.S. federal district court overturned Proposition 8 on the grounds that the ban prohibiting same-sex couples from marrying is unconstitutional. The case now moves to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In response to the ruling, Geoff Kors, executive director for Equality California, which filed an amicus brief supporting the Prop. 8 federal challenge, issued the following statement:
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Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Poll Shows Majority of Californians Support Marriage for Same-Sex Couples
Fifty-one percent of California voters now support the right for same-sex couples to marry, a two-point jump from last year, according to the Field Poll, a non-partisan, public-opinion news service. This mirrors the six-point jump, from 44 percent to 50 percent, in March's Public Policy Institute of California poll. The Field poll also shows that 50 percent of Latinos now support marriage equality. In response to the new data, Equality California's Marriage Director Marc Solomon issued the following statement:
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Thursday, July 15, 2010
Equality California Hails Efforts to End Unfair Immigration Policy against Same-Sex Couples
Equality California praised a renewed effort to pass comprehensive immigration reform that is inclusive of the Uniting American Families Act, which would permit U.S. citizens and permanent residents to sponsor a same-sex partner for immigration purposes.
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Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Equality California Issues Statement on Prop. 8 Federal Trial
Closing arguments are scheduled today in the federal court challenge of Proposition 8. Today also marks the two-year anniversary of the first day that same-sex couples were allowed to marry legally, following the California Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the marriage ban. In response, Geoff Kors, executive director of Equality California, which filed an amicus brief supporting the Proposition 8 federal challenge, issued the following statement:
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Thursday, May 27, 2010
State of California Officially Endorses Immediate Repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
As the U.S. Congress prepares for a vote on the discriminatory federal policy known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," today the California State Senate voted in favor of officially endorsing the resolution (SJR-9) calling for the repeal of DADT in a 24-7 vote that included bipartisan support.
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Thursday, May 27, 2010
State Senate Passes Equality California Bill Strengthening Religious Freedoms for Clergy
The California Senate today passed the Civil Marriage Religious Freedom Act (SB 906) in a 23-11 vote. The bill protects clergy from performing any civil marriage that is contrary to the tenets of his or her faith and provides clear distinctions between civil and religious marriage in state law. Introduced by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and co-sponsored by Equality California and California Council of Churches IMPACT, the legislation also includes in state law that clergy are able to choose which civil marriages they solemnize.
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