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September 20, 2012
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On Anniversary of DADT Repeal, Governor Brown Signs EQCA-Backed Bill to Support LGBT Veterans
(Sacramento) Governor Jerry Brown today signed Assembly Bill 1505, authored by Assemblymember Richard Pan and co-sponsored by Equality California and Sacramento Valley Veterans, designed to remedy inequities faced by veterans discharged under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and its predecessor policies. The law, which passed with bipartisan support in both chambers, will help connect these veterans with resources to upgrade their discharge status and receive better access to state benefits for veterans and their families such as home loans, college tuition fee waivers, and preference for civil service examinations.
One year ago today, Congress repealed the unjust policy of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and by signing AB 1505, Governor Brown helps heal the wounds of discrimination inflicted upon California's veterans for no reason other than their sexual orientation. Equality California is grateful to Assemblymember Pan for his tireless leadership on this bill, and to Governor Brown for signing this bipartisan effort into law.
“'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell' was repealed because of the growing understanding that not only do our lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender military service members have the right to serve openly, but that our country is safer when they do,” said AB 1505 author Assembly Member Richard Pan. “Making sure these veterans, who have always been an important part of our armed forces, receive the honor and benefits they deserve is an important step towards equality.”
To learn more about Equality California-sponsored legislation, visit www.eqca.org/legislation
Equality California (EQCA) is the largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender advocacy organization in California. Over the past decade, Equality California has strategically moved California from a state with extremely limited legal protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to a state with some of the most comprehensive human rights protections in the nation. Equality California has partnered with legislators to successfully sponsor more than 85 pieces of pro-equality legislation. EQCA continues to advance equality through legislative advocacy, electoral work, public education and community empowerment. www.eqca.org