FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 25, 2006
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SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE APPROVES BILL PREVENTING DISCRIMINATION IN STATE PROGRAMS BASED ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION
SB 1441, Authored by Senator Shelia Kuehl and Sponsored by Equality California, passes Senate Judiciary Committee by 3-0 margin
Sacramento, CA – Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to prevent discrimination in state operated or funded programs on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. The bill now moves to the Senate Appropriations Committee for a hearing May 8.
“We applaud the Senate Judiciary for standing up for fairness and equality under the law,” said Alice Kessler, Equality California (EQCA) legislative advocate, who also testified at the hearing. "Private businesses must adhere to non-discrimination laws that include sexual orientation and gender identity. We should hold state government to the same standard."
The measure would also include protections for any person associated with a person who has, or is perceived to have, any characteristic covered by the bill.
"I'm pleased with the committee's vote affirming that people should be protected from discrimination regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity," said Senator Sheila Kuehl (D-Santa Monica). "The programs and services provided by our state government are critical and we must never deny equal access."
Courtney Joslin, Senior Staff Attorney, National Center for Lesbian Rights and Francisco Lobaco, Legislative Director, American Civil Liberties Union, also testified at the hearing in favor of the bill.
Founded in 1998, Equality California is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots-based, statewide advocacy organization whose mission is to achieve equality and civil rights of all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Californians. Equality California is one of the largest and fastest growing statewide LGBT organizations in the country. Please visit our website at www.eqca.org.
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