Successes in 2005
Total pieces of pro-LGBT legislation passed: 5
Total pieces of pro-LGBT legislation that became law: 4
Total pieces of pro-LGBT legislation vetoed: 1
Total pieces of pro-LGBT legislation that died in committee: 0
Total pieces of anti-LGBT legislation passed: 0
Total pieces of anti-LGBT legislation that became law: 0
Total pieces of anti-LGBT legislation defeated: 7
AB 849 - Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act
Lead Author:Assemblymember Mark Leno (D-San Francisco)
AB 849 (formerly AB 19) by Assemblymember Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) will guarantee the California Constitution’s protection of religious freedom and ensure equal treatment under the law by allowing same-sex couples to marry in California
AB 866 - Code of Fair Campaign Practices
Speaker pro Tem Leland Yee (D-San Francisco)
AB 866 would prohibit the use of any negative appeal based on prejudice against LGBT people by candidates or campaign committees who sign the voluntary pledge provided for in the Code of Fair Campaign Practices.
AB 1160 - Elimination of "Panic" Strategy in Criminal Trials
Assemblymember Sally Lieber (D-Mountain View)
AB 1160 would modify the existing definition of "voluntary manslaughter" to prohibit defendants from contending that they were provoked to murder by discovering the victim’s disability, gender, nationality, race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation of the victim.
AB 1400 - Civil Rights Act of 2005
Lead Author: Assemblymember John Laird (D-Santa Cruz)
AB 1400 amends the Unruh Civil Rights Act (Unruh Act) to clarify that people are protected from discrimination regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status or familial status.
AB 1586 - Insurance Non-Discrimination Act
Lead author: Assemblymember Paul Koretz (D-West Hollywood)
The Insurance Gender Non-Discrimination Act bars insurance companies and health care service plans from discriminating on the basis of gender in the creation or maintenance of service contracts or the provision of benefits or coverage.
SJR 11 - Resolution Supporting the Repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
Lead Author: Senator Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego)
This resolution calls on Congress and the President to end the discriminatory "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" policy that prohibits openly gay and lesbian people from serving in the U.S. Military by passing the Military Readiness Act currently pending in Congress.
SB 973 - Domestic Partner Pension Death Benefit Legislation
Lead Author: Senator Sheila Kuehl (D-Santa Monica)
SB 973 allow registered domestic partners who were public employees that retired prior to January 1, 2005 to select their partner to receive a death benefit should the retiree pre-decease their partner.
2005 EQCA Supported Legislation
Each year many pieces of legislation that positively affect the LGBT community and its friends are introduced in the California Legislation. For 2005 Equality California has identified these bills as contributing to the betterment of California.
2005 EQCA Opposed Legislation
A number of pieces of anti-LGBT legislation are introduced in the California Legislature each year. For the 2005-2006 legislative session, Equality California is officially opposed to these bills because of the negative impact they will have on the LGBT community and our familes.