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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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  • Bill to Curb “Panic Defense” Passes Assembly
  • (Sacramento) The California Assembly passed AB 2501, a bill authored by Assemblymember Susan Bonilla that is designed to curb the so-called "panic defense" by making it clear that a defendant’s discovery of a victim's sexual orientation or gender identity is not sufficient provocation to reduce a charge of murder to manslaughter. The bill, which is co-sponsored by Equality California and Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, passed by a bipartisan vote of 50-18.

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  • Equality California Congratulates Senator Kevin de León on Election as Senate President Pro Tem
  • Equality California congratulates Sen. Kevin de León on his unanimous, bipartisan election to serve as the next president pro tem of the California Senate, succeeding Sen. Darrell Steinberg. Since his election to the Assembly in 2006, Sen. de León has received a 100-percent pro-equality rating from EQCA every year.

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  • Equality California Opposes Broad Religious Exemption to Employment Non-Discrimination Act
  • Equality California believes in an America free from employment discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. For that reason, EQCA supports the passage of the federal Employee Non-Discrimination Act, but we strongly oppose the broad religious exemption that has been attached to it.

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Big Changes at EQCA
By John O'Connor
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