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Equality California Withdraws Endorsement of Maienschein in Assembly District 77, Urges San Diego Voters to Back Gover
October 4, 2018 at 7:38 am

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October 4, 2018

CONTACT: Samuel Garrett-Pate, Equality California
PHONE: (323) 848-9801/MOBILE: (973) 476-3770/EMAIL: sam@eqca.org
SAN DIEGO — Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization, announced Thursday that the organization has withdrawn its endorsement of Assemblymember Brian Maienschein (R-San Diego) in his reelection battle against challenger Sunday Gover after the Assemblymember repeatedly failed to support AB 2119 (Gloria – foster youth), legislation that will ensure LGBTQ youth in foster care have access to gender-affirming, life-saving health care. Equality California had previously issued a dual endorsement of Maienschein and Gover. The organization released the following statement from Executive Director Rick Zbur:

“Civil rights and social justice aren’t partisan issues. Equality California is proud to support leaders — Democrats, Republicans and Independents — who are 100 percent committed to fighting for full LGBTQ equality. Unfortunately, Assemblymember Maienschein’s failure to stand with LGBTQ youth in foster care is not consistent with Equality California’s endorsement standards. Pro-equality San Diegans deserve a champion in the Assembly, and we believe they’d be better served by Sunday Gover.”


In March, Equality California endorsed Maienschein and fellow Assembly Republican Catharine Baker (R-San Ramon), citing their willingness to buck party labels and work across the aisle in support of full LGBTQ equality. Equality California endorses incumbent legislators who demonstrate “100 percent commitment to LGBTQ equality and social justice” through their voting record, questionnaire and interview responses, and other relevant information. Periodically, Equality California may withdraw an endorsement of an incumbent elected official if the organization determines that a legislator’s subsequent vote(s) related to Equality California-sponsored or priority legislation — or any other action — is inconsistent with the organization’s established standard of 100 percent support for LGBTQ equality and social justice or its standards of conduct.

While Baker maintained her 100 percent pro-equality voting record throughout the 2018 legislative session, Maienschein repeatedly failed to support AB 2119, one of Equality California’s priority sponsored bills. In accordance with Equality California’s endorsement policies, the organization determined that Maienschein’s voting record warranted a withdrawal of its endorsement. With the withdrawal, Sunday Gover will remain as Equality California’s sole endorsed candidate in Assembly District 77.

About AB 2119:

Child welfare agencies are required to assess the health needs of all young people in foster care, and to ensure they receive appropriate and timely care to address the needs identified by qualified professionals. AB 2119 makes clear that, to meet this obligation for transgender and gender nonconforming youth, child welfare agencies must ensure access to clinicians who provide gender-affirming treatment consistent with established standards of care. In addition to Equality California and other LGBTQ civil rights and legal organizations that co-sponsored the legislation, AB 2119 was supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics-CA, California Alliance of Child and Family Services, California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies, County Welfare Directors Association of California, Health Officers Association of California, Juvenile Court Judges of California, National Association of Social Workers – California Chapter, as well as others.

Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2119 into law on September 14, 2018.


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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