Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Californians still lack equal rights and protections under California law, simply because of who they are. In 2010, Equality California sponsored a record eight bills and seven resolutions to close the equality gap and to advance our mission to achieve full equality for LGBT Californians.
Four of these bills passed the Legislature and were signed by the Governor: the Separation Equity Act, Mental Health Services for At-Risk Youth, Repeal of Discriminatory Code and Unemployment Benefits Equality. Three bills were passed by the Legislature but unfortunately vetoed by the Governor: the Civil Marriage Religious Freedom Act, LGBT Prisoner Safety Act and Hate Crimes Protection Act. Equality California will continue advocating for legislative and adminstrative policy change to make these reforms. The Data Inclusion Act will be considered by the Legislature in 2011.
In the past decade, EQCA has successfully passed more than 60 pieces of civil rights legislation for the LGBT community – more than any other statewide LGBT organization in the nation.
Get a synopis of 2010's legislative package, and see how California's elected officials stack up on EQCA's legislation in our annual scorecard.