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  • Equality California Celebrates 100 Pieces of LGBT Rights Legislation with Passage of the "Panic Defense" Bill
  • (Sacramento) Equality California, the largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization in California, celebrated its 100th piece of passed legislation today when the California Assembly — by a preliminary bipartisan vote of 58-14 — approved AB 2501, which would prohibit the use of the “panic defense” to support a finding of sudden quarrel or heat of passion, which is necessary to reduce a charge of murder to manslaughter. This bill, the first of its kind in the nation, now moves on to Governor Jerry Brown's desk.

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  • Equality California Sponsors Resolution Urging an End to Discrimination in Blood Donor Procedures
  • (Sacramento) Equality California announced that it has partnered with Assemblymember Richard Bloom to advance an assembly joint resolution that has passed the Assembly Floor today with a final bipartisan vote count of 58 to 15. AJR 50 urges President Barack Obama to compel the Department of Health and Human Services and Food and Drug Administration to adopt modernized blood donor policies that do not discriminate against men who have had sex with other men.
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  • Equality California Announces First Endorsements in Federal Races for November Election
  • (Los Angeles) Equality California — the largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization in California — today announced its first round of endorsements at the federal level for the November 2014 election. Having focused on state races in recent years, EQCA has expanded its scope to include federal endorsements and more will follow in the coming weeks.
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  • Bill to Modernize California Birth Certificate Passes Assembly and Moves to Governor’s Desk
  • (Sacramento) Today, AB 1951, authored by Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez and sponsored by Equality California, passed the California Assembly by a preliminary bipartisan vote of 50-8 and now moves on to the Governor for a signature. The bill will modernize California’s birth certificate to reflect accurately the gender of a child’s parent or parents. The updated birth certificates will allow each parent to identify as mother, father or parent.

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  • Copy of Equality California Endorses Seven Additional Candidates for November Election
  • (Sacramento) Equality California is proud to add endorsements of Connie Leyva, Bob Wieckowski, Matt Dababneh, Bill Dodd, Kansen Chu, Chris Parker and Eduardo Garcia to the previous slate of over 50 endorsed candidates with 100-percent pro-equality ratings.
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  • Governor Brown Signs Bill Enshrining the Freedom to Marry in State Statutes
  • (Sacramento) Today, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 1306, authored by Sen. Mark Leno and co-sponsored by Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, Equality California and the National Center for Lesbian Rights. The bill will bring California statutory law into line with the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2013 decision restoring the freedom to marry in California.

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  • Streamlined Process for Transgender Birth Certificate Changes Takes Effect
  • (Sacramento) As of yesterday, California will no longer require a court hearing or newspaper publication for transgender people to change their birth certificate to reflect their authentic, lived gender identity. The change comes as part of the implementation of Assembly Bill 1121, authored in 2013 by Speaker Toni Atkins and cosponsored by Equality California and the Transgender Law Center.
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  • Equality California and NCLR Applaud U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision Allowing Enforcement of California Law Prohibiting Dangerous Psychological Practices to Change Minors’ Sexual Orientation or Gender Expression
  • (Los Angeles)—Today, the Supreme Court of the United States declined to review a 2013 decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upholding California’s Senate Bill 1172, a law that prohibits licensed counselors and therapists from engaging in dangerous practices to try to change the sexual orientation or gender expression of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender children. Known as “conversion therapy,” “reparative therapy,” “ex-gay therapy,” or “sexual orientation change efforts,” the practices have been condemned by medical and mental health organizations across the country because they are known to lead to extreme depression and suicide.
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Big Changes at EQCA
By John O'Connor
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