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Equality California Endorses Propositions 1 and 2, Urges Pro-Equality Voters to Oppose Propositions 5 and 6
October 17, 2018 at 10:20 am

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 17, 2018

CONTACT: Samuel Garrett-Pate, Equality California
PHONE: (323) 848-9801/MOBILE: (973) 476-3770/EMAIL: sam@eqca.org
LOS ANGELES — Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization, announced its support for two statewide ballot measures on Wednesday, Propositions 1 and 2, and opposition to two others, Propositions 5 and 6. The positions will be listed on the organization’s statewide slate card, which will be sent to approximately 500,000 pro-equality voters across the state.

Equality California recommends a YES vote on Proposition 1, which will dedicate $1 billion to helping California veterans access stable, affordable housing. The measure will also help to build homes and provide supportive housing to struggling families and children, people experiencing homelessness and individuals with disabilities. As a result, Proposition 1 will create 137,000 jobs and boost California’s economy. The proposition will benefit LGBTQ veterans who are significantly more likely to experience homelessness.

Equality California recommends a YES vote on Proposition 2, which will leverage existing state funds to build supportive housing for Californians experiencing homelessness or at significant risk of becoming homeless. The proposition will also provide intensive coordinated care through the housing program, including mental health and addiction services, medical treatment and education and job training. LGBTQ Californians — in particular LGBTQ youth, who make up four in 10 of the state’s homeless youth — are particularly vulnerable to homelessness.

Equality California recommends a NO vote on Proposition 5, which would cut critical funding for California’s public schools, public safety services and health care. This would have a disproportionate negative impact on LGBTQ Californians, who are more likely to face bullying and harassment in school, be the victims of crime and lack access to quality health care. The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst says under Prop 5, “Schools and local governments each would lose over $100 million in annual property taxes early on, growing over time to about $1 billion per year (in today’s dollars).”

Equality California recommends a NO vote Proposition 6, which would eliminate crucial funding for over 6,500 bridge and road safety, transportation and public transit projects across the state, jeopardizing public safety. Additionally, this measure is being used as a political ploy to help elect or re-elect anti-LGBTQ extremists to office, including a number of California legislators and U.S. Representatives who have long opposed LGBTQ equality. This is made especially clear by the fact that Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) contributed $50,000 to the effort and is urging other out-of-state Republicans to support the measure.

For a complete list of Equality California’s 2018 endorsements, please visit https://www.eqca.org/vote.

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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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