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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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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Friday, May 21, 2010
Equality California Issues Statement on Eve of First-Ever Harvey Milk Day
Tomorrow marks Harvey Milk Day, the first official State Day of Recognition for an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender person in our nation’s history. Last year Governor Schwarzenegger signed into law the Harvey Milk Day bill, sponsored by Equality California and authored by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco). In honor of the day, Equality California Executive Director Geoff Kors issued the following statement:
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Equality California to Celebrate First-Ever Harvey Milk Day With Statewide Canvasses on Marriage Equality
WHAT: In honor of the first-ever Harvey Milk Day, Equality California and its coalition partners will host a day of action where canvassers will go door to door to build support for the right for same-sex couples to marry. Last year Governor Schwarzenegger signed into law the Harvey Milk Day bill, sponsored by Equality California and authored by Senator Mark Leno. The bill designated May 22 as a day of significance in honor of Harvey Milk, one of the nation's first openly LGBT elected officials.
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Thursday, May 06, 2010
State Assembly Passes Bill Eliminating Barriers to Dissolve Marriages, Domestic Partnerships for Same-Sex Couples
Today the California State Assembly passed the Separation Equity Act (AB 2700) in a 44-21 vote. The bill, introduced by Assemblymember Fiona Ma (D-San Francisco) and co-sponsored by Equality California and the Conference of California Bar Associations, would create a consolidated form and procedure to dissolve both a civil marriage and domestic partnership.
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Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Equality California Issues Statement on Appeal in Proposition 8 Trial
Today Equality California, having secured a key ruling, will turn over internal strategy emails and campaign materials relating to the effort to defeat Proposition 8. Equality California Executive Director Geoff Kors issued the following statement:
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Monday, March 08, 2010
Equality California Issues Statement on Senator Roy Ashburn
Equality California Executive Director Geoff Kors issued the following statement regarding Senator Roy Ashburn (R-Bakersfield) who told listeners this morning on KERN Radio AM 1180 that he is gay. "We can empathize with Senator Ashburn's long and difficult journey to admit that he is gay. Equality California looks forward to working with the Senator to use his experience to educate the people in his district on why he deserves the same rights and privileges as a gay man as any other Californian.
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Thursday, February 11, 2010
Equality California Calls for Impeachment of California Fair Political Practices Commissioner
Equality California will ask the governor and state legislature to begin impeachment proceedings against Ronald Rotunda, a member of the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), which regulates campaign finance. Commissioner Rotunda recently asserted in a Sacramento Bee opinion piece that enforcing complete disclosure of personal information from proponents of Proposition 8, as required under current campaign reporting laws, would significantly harm supporters of the marriage ban.
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Thursday, February 04, 2010
Equality California Urges President Obama to Take Action on Federal Prop. 8 Case
Today, Equality California renewed its call for President Obama to take action on the federal court challenge of Proposition 8. Yesterday the deadline passed for third parties to file amicus briefs in the case weighing the constitutionality of Proposition 8, a state referendum that stripped same-sex couples of the freedom to marry. In response to the president's lack of visibility on the issue, Equality California Executive Director Geoff Kors issued the following statement:
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Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Equality California Urges President Obama to Repeal DADT Immediately
Equality California called on President Obama to immediately end the discriminatory federal policy known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” after the President reiterated his commitment to repeal DADT in his State of the Union address. “We appreciate President Obama reiterating his commitment to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, but words do not end discrimination – actions do,” said Equality California Executive Director Geoff Kors.
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Monday, January 11, 2010
Equality California’s Geoff Kors Issues Statement on Prop. 8 Trial
Equality California (EQCA) Executive Director Geoff Kors issued the following statement as the trial on the federal lawsuit challenging Proposition 8 begins today. “Today we are reminded of the devastation Prop. 8 has inflicted upon same-sex couples and their families.
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