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, 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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Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Equality California Vows to Restore Marriage at Ballot Box in Wake of Prop. 8 Ruling
Following the California Supreme Court’s decision today to uphold Prop. 8, which stripped same-sex couples of their right to marry, Equality California (EQCA) vowed to win marriage back at the ballot box. EQCA released the following statement as well as a memo to members and allies detailing its recommendations to return to the ballot in 2010. Statement from Marc Solomon, EQCA’s Marriage Director:
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Friday, May 22, 2009
Prop 8 Challenge Legal Team to Hold Press Conference Following Supreme Court Ruling
The California Supreme Court has announced that it will rule Tuesday, May 26, 2009, on whether Proposition 8, passed by a slim majority of voters on November 4 and eliminating the right of same-sex couples to marry, was a valid amendment to the California Constitution.
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Tuesday, May 19, 2009
EQCA and Assemblymember Brownley Call for Repeal of DOMA
Assemblymember Julia Brownley (D - Santa Monica) introduced a joint resolution sponsored by Equality California (EQCA) calling for the immediate repeal of 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.
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Thursday, May 14, 2009
Equality California Marriage Director Receives Mass. Democratic Party’s Top Honor
Marc Solomon, Equality California (EQCA) Marriage Director, received the 2009 Franklin D. Roosevelt Award for his leadership in securing marriage for same-sex couples in Massachusetts. At a ceremony last night, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick presented Solomon with the award, the state Democratic Party's top honor.
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Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Academy Award Winning Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black to Testify in Favor of Harvey Milk Day Bill
Dustin Lance Black, Academy Award winning screenwriter of the film Milk will testify before the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday in support of legislation establishing Harvey Milk Day in California. Senate Bill 572, sponsored by Equality California and authored by Sen. Mark Leno (D- San Francisco), creates a day of special significance on Milk’s birthday, May 22. WHAT: Testimony in Support of Harvey Milk Day Legislation Senate Education Committee WHO:
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Monday, April 20, 2009
Broad Coalition Collaborating on Poll to Assist Community on Timing, Efforts to Repeal Prop. 8 Should Court Uphold Marriage Ban
What: Representatives from a diverse coalition of faith, civil rights and LGBT organizations will host a conference call to announce the launch of an innovative, collaborative polling project to help determine the timing and targeting of efforts to repeal Proposition 8, should the California Supreme Court uphold the constitutional amendment banning marriage for same-sex couples.
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Friday, April 17, 2009
Broad Coalition Collaborating on Poll to Assist Community on Timing, Efforts to Repeal Prop. 8 Should Court Uphold Marriage Ban
What: Representatives from a diverse coalition of faith, civil rights and LGBT organizations will host a conference call to announce the launch of an innovative, collaborative polling project to help determine the timing and targeting of efforts to repeal Proposition 8, should the California Supreme Court uphold the constitutional amendment banning marriage for same-sex couples.
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Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Equality California Applauds Vermont Legislature Vote in Favor of the Freedom to Marry
Today, Vermont became the forth state in the nation to legalize marriage for same-sex couples and the first to do so through a bill passed by the state legislature. Vermont joins Iowa, Massachusetts and Connecticut as the only states that allow same-sex couples to marry. In response to this news, Equality California Marriage Director Marc Solomon released the following statement.
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Friday, April 03, 2009
Equality California Says Iowa Court’s Decision to Uphold Marriage for Same-Sex Couples Should Send Strong Message to CA Justices
Today the Iowa Supreme Court unanimously voted to strike down the state's ban on marriage for same-sex couples. The historic ruling makes Iowa the first Midwestern state to uphold equal marriage rights for same-sex couples. Reacting to the decision, Equality California (EQCA) Marriage Director Marc Solomon said: "The Iowa Supreme Court's ruling protects the state Constitution's promise of equality for all Iowans, including same-sex couples, and ultimately it helps advance the democratic principles of freedom and equality for all Americans.
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