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June 27, 2007
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Assemblymember Laura Richardson Heads into Runoff for Congressional Seat
Support for Marriage and LGBT Equality Effective with Voters
SAN FRANCISCO - In a special election on Tuesday to replace Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald, D-Calif., who passed away in April, Assemblymember Laura Richardson, D-Long Beach, won the Democratic nomination, putting her in a run-off race for the 37th Congressional seat. Richardson won the three-way race despite being attacked for her support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
"Assemblymember Richardson's victory yesterday shows that standing up for equality does not hurt a candidate," said Equality California Executive Director Geoff Kors. "Even though she was attacked by one of her opponents for her vote on AB 43 and support for LGBT rights, Richardson stood by her vote and won the respect of the electorate."
Earlier this month Richardson voted in support of AB 43, the Religious Freedom and Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act, authored by Assemblymember Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, and sponsored by EQCA to give same-sex couples the ability to marry.
In a floor statement, Assemblymember Richardson said: "No priest, no minister, no rabbi or official of any non-profit religious institution will be required to marry if it's contrary to their first amendment beliefs. So to say that our act today is an infringement upon someone else's first amendment right is not true; AB 43 is a right inherent upon being an American and residing in this state."
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. Please visit our website at eqca.org.
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