Los Angeles — In response to the appointment by Gov. Jerry Brown of Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Los Angeles) to serve as California’s new attorney general, replacing Kamala Harris, Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur issued the following statement:
“With the prospect that civil rights protections and programs protecting the LGBT community will be under attack for the next four years, Congressman Xavier Becerra is a superb pick to serve as the state’s top law enforcement official.
Becerra is a proud member of the Congressional LGBT Caucus and has been a staunch ally of our community for many years. He was one of only 67 members of Congress who opposed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in 1996, has been a vocal supporter of marriage equality, and has championed other priorities of the LGBT community, including passage of the federal Equality Act and the inclusion of LGBT people in demographic data collection.
Becerra brings years of experience gained in the California Attorney General’s office, in the state legislature and in Congress. We are confident that he will join other state officials in defending the civil rights of LGBT people, women, people of color, immigrants and the many communities that have been under assault following the election of Donald Trump. As the son of working-class Mexican immigrants, we are confident that Becerra will ensure that California stands strong against attempts to target any community based on sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnic or religious background or immigration status.”
Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization dedicated to creating a fair and just society. Our mission is to achieve and maintain full and lasting equality, acceptance, and social justice for all people in our diverse LGBT communities, inside and outside of California. Our mission includes advancing the health and well-being of LGBT Californians through direct healthcare service advocacy and education. Through electoral, advocacy, education and mobilization programs, we strive to create a broad and diverse alliance of LGBT people, educators, government officials, communities of color and faith, labor, business, and social justice communities to achieve our goals. www.eqca.org