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, August 17, 2009
Equality California Disappointed by Obama Administration’s Ongoing Defense of DOMA
Today the Obama Administration filed court papers saying the Defense of Marriage Act does discriminate against same-sex couples, but the Justice Department is continuing to defend the law that prevents married same-sex couples from having their unions recognized by the federal government. In response, Equality California Executive Director Geoff Kors issued the following statement:
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Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Equality California Today Releases Roadmap, Recommended Timeline to Restore Freedom to Marry for Same-Sex Couples
What: After many conversations with community members across the state, coalition partners, donors and political strategists, Equality California (EQCA) will hold a teleconference to discuss its "Winning Back Marriage Equality in California: Analysis and Roadmap," with a recommended timeline on returning to the ballot to restore the freedom to marry for same-sex couples. EQCA will also discuss the achievements of its Win Marriage Back: Make it Real! effort, an on-the-ground, statewide organizing campaign launched almost 100 days ago.
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Newswire article
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Equality California to Release Roadmap, Recommended Timeline to Restore Freedom to Marry for Same-Sex Couples
After many conversations with community members across the state, coalition partners, donors and political strategists, Equality California (EQCA) will hold a teleconference to discuss it’s, “Winning Back Marriage Equality in California: Analysis and Roadmap,” with a recommended timeline on returning to the ballot to restore the freedom to marry for same-sex couples. EQCA will also discuss the achievements of its Win Marriage Back: Make it Real effort, an on-the-ground, statewide organizing campaign launched almost 100 days ago.
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Thursday, July 30, 2009
President Obama to Bestow Presidential Medal of Freedom on Harvey Milk
Today President Obama announced that he will honor assassinated civil rights leader Harvey Milk with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor recognizing significant contributions to the nation and the world. The President will also honor Senator Edward Kennedy and tennis legend Billie Jean King, an open lesbian and longtime champion for the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, with the Medal of Freedom on August 12.
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Thursday, July 16, 2009
State of California Urges Passage of Federal Hate Crimes Law
The State of California officially endorsed a federal law combating hate crimes against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals today when the state Senate passed the Federal Hate Crimes Resolution.
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Thursday, July 09, 2009
Bill Clarifying Rights of Same-Sex Couples Married Outside of California Passes Key Committee
Today SB 54, which clarifies the rights of same-sex couples married outside of California, passed the Assembly Judiciary Committee in a 7-3 vote.
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Thursday, June 18, 2009
Harvey Milk Day Bill Passes Key Assembly Committee
The California State Assembly Education Committee today endorsed the Harvey Milk Day Bill by a 6-1 margin. The bill, authored by Senator Mark Leno (D -- San Francisco) and sponsored by Equality California (EQCA), calls for a "day of special significance" in honor of slain civil rights leader Harvey Milk. The bill also seeks to educate Californians about the former San Francisco City Supervisor, who became the nation's first openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) person elected to political office in a major city.
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Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Federal Hate Crimes Resolution Passes Assembly Committee
The California State Assembly Committee on Public Safety advanced the Federal Hate Crimes Resolution today by a vote of 4-0. The resolution, sponsored by Equality California (EQCA) and introduced last month by Assemblymember Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara), calls on the United States Senate to immediately pass the Matthew Shepard Act, which expands the landmark 1969 United States federal hate crimes law to include crimes motivated by a victim's real or perceived gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability.
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Friday, June 12, 2009
EQCA Executive Director Geoff Kors Issues Statement on President Obama’s Support of Defense of Marriage Act
In a recent California Federal Court challenge filed by a couple legally married in California, the United States Department of Justice under the direction of President Barack Obama filed a brief supporting the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and justifying discrimination in government benefits against same-sex couples. In response, Equality California (EQCA) Executive Director Geoff Kors released the following statement:
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Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Activists to Protest Proposed HIV/AIDS Funding Cuts at State Capitol
Activists from across California will converge tomorrow to protest proposed cuts to the state budget reducing or eliminating life-saving HIV/AIDS services. The current proposal - offered by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and under consideration by the legislature - would take away $80.1 million for state HIV/AIDS programs, including a proposed $12.3 million reduction to the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), the primary source for costly HIV medications to more than 35,000 Californians.
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