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Equality California Announces Endorsement of Xavier Becerra for Attorney General
December 11, 2017 at 4:24 pm

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 11, 2017

CONTACT: Tony Hoang, Equality California
PHONE: (323) 848-9801/MOBILE: (281) 703-9292/EMAIL: tony@eqca.org

Sacramento—Today, Equality California announced it’s endorsement of Xavier Becerra in his campaign for Attorney General in 2018. After serving California for 24 years in Congress, Becerra was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to serve during the remainder of Senator Kamala Harris’s term as Attorney General, and he currently serves in this capacity. We were fortunate to have two candidates for Attorney General who have excellent records of support for LGBTQ equality and social justice. However, Equality California has a long standing policy of endorsing incumbent office holders when they demonstrate a 100% record of commitment and advocacy for the LGBTQ community. In this case, Attorney General Xavier Becerra meets and significantly exceeds our standards for endorsement.

During his service in Congress, Becerra was one of the LGBTQ community’s strongest and earliest allies. He was one of the earliest members of Congress to publicly support marriage equality for LGBTQ people, at a time when most Democrats across the country and in California supported only the expansion of domestic partnership protections.

As a member of Congress, Becerra’s leadership on LGBTQ issues stands out. He was one of only 67 of the 435 Members who voted against the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, he cosponsored and voted for the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act in 2005, and voted in favor of ending the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in the United States military in 2010. Becerra was an original co-sponsor of the Employee Non-Discrimination Act, which would have extended employment non-discrimination protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, and was also an original co-sponsor of the Equality Act, which would extend broad federal non-discrimination protections to the LGBTQ community. As a key member of the Democratic Leadership in the House, Becerra fought cuts and strongly advocated for increases in funding for services for people living with HIV and HIV research.

In the year since becoming Attorney General, Becerra has been a national leader in the resistance to the harmful policies of the Trump Administration. Under his direction, California has filed 22 lawsuits against the Trump Administration on issues of LGBTQ equality, immigration, healthcare, and the environment. A key part of his work has extended to defending the rights and health and wellbeing of the LGBTQ community. As Attorney General, Becerra maintained the ban on state-funded travel to North Carolina, and extended restrictions to four other states because they passed new laws that discriminate against the LGBTQ community. Not only did he file an amicus brief in the G.G. vs. Gloucestor County School Board case in support of Gavin Grim and transgender students, but he recently intervened on behalf of the state of California in Equality California’s lawsuit Stockman v. Trump to block the Trump Administration’s transgender military ban, putting the weight and moral authority of the state of California against the transgender military ban.

“On a national scale, and in California, Xavier Becerra has been one of the LGBTQ community’s strongest and earliest allies,” said Rick Zbur, Executive Director of Equality California. “He stood with the LGBTQ community in the early years of our civil rights fight when most members of Congress and Democrats were evolving in their support for LGBTQ civil rights. He was one of the earliest supporters of marriage equality, has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the LGBTQ community in advancing protections against hate crimes, has fought for funding for HIV services and research, and was an original cosponsor of the Equality Act. We could not ask for a stronger ally.”

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Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization. We bring the voices of LGBTQ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve. www.eqca.org


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